Thank you from Africa University
Africa University says “Thank You” for the strong, ongoing support of the churches of the South Georgia Conference. Local churches throughout South Georgia have been consistently generous in helping Africa University equip and deploy leaders with the appropriate skills and outlook to transform communities.
- AU formally closed its 2019/2020 academic year today (June 30th), with the University Senate meeting to receive and approve students’ academic results. The June graduation ceremony was postponed and administrators are planning for both in-person and online delivery of instruction in August.
- Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province where AU is located have been relatively few—29 to date with no deaths. Zimbabwe as a whole had 574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of June 29th, with seven deaths. 152 persons have recovered, 415 individuals—most of whom are returnees from other countries where case-loads are much higher—are receiving treatment. AU’s ongoing contributions to stemming the spread of COVID-19 include the manufacture of hand sanitizer and PPEs. The university has also developed its own disposable mask prototype for commercial production and some of the students are making reusable cloth masks.
- AU students are also doing their part to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable families—launching successful appeals and giving up meals in order to supply food, medicine and other essentials to their neighbors.
Africa University’s transformative ministry is thriving because United Methodists continue to pray for and invest in it. Thank you, South Georgia, for keeping the dream alive. Your steadfast generosity inspires and sustains our students as they grow in faith, claim and work towards God’s promise of abundant life.