At this time, all of the Luminos Fund’s programs across Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Liberia are on hold due to school closures. Our team is sharing WHO guidance, monitoring the situation on the ground, tracking government and Ministry of Education responses to the crisis, and identifying opportunities to help. Our U.S. team has begun working remotely but is well-connected through digital tools.

In the near term, we are evaluating effective, agile ways to continue supporting our students. For example, in Liberia, we are distributing readers and numeracy materials for students to work on at home.

Our team is managing resources closely to leave room to respond in new ways as the crisis evolves: we want to both respond now and plan ahead for the long term.

UNESCO reports that the number of children and young adults now out-of-school due to COVID-19 has surpassed 1 billion. At Luminos, this pandemic feels like a lightning rod: reinforcing how essential back-to-school and accelerated learning programs like Second Chance are to ensure children can unlock opportunity.

Our team looks forward to springing into action helping even more children as soon as the situation is safe.

We welcome your comments and questions at or @luminosfund. Thank you.

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