ALTA Students in the Time of Covid

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Today ALTA
student Razeen Samad shares with us how she has been navigating the pandemic.
It is tough, but she is fortunate that in her community they look out for each
other. She is optimistic about the future and encourages her neighbours to

Razeen Samad

The start of the pandemic occurred on March 12th 2020 in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of Health Mr. Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed the first case of Covid -19 in Trinidad and Tobago. To me, it was very scary to know that one of the deadliest viruses in the world had reached my beautiful country, and so it began.

At the end of March, in the year of 2020, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago started to put restrictions in certain places to help to stop the spread of Covid-19. I am not lying to tell you surviving with Covid -19 is very difficult and stressful. I am a single mother of two beautiful children. My daughter is an upper six student at S.W.A.H.A. Hindu College and my son is a standard 4 student at Grosvenor Presbyterian School.

It has been
very hard to cope because I need things for my kids and due to the Covid-19 no
one is hiring people to work. Many people lost their work due to the pandemic.
It is so sad but by God’s grace and my loving family and beautiful friends, I
am surviving and when I feel stress I put on my music and dance and relax

Our country
was in lockdown for about three months. We were not allowed to go to places
such as the beaches, malls, cinemas, schools and places of worship and no
in-house dining was allowed. I was unhappy because of it. I love to take my
kids out to have fun but we had to adapt to the situation that was taking place
right now. I had to take a chance of going out in the public to get food items
and stationery supplies for my kids and myself because I am a proud Level Two
student at ALTA.

I am what
you call a high-risk patient because I suffer with asthma. It is difficult to
breathe with a mask on. I always have a big bottle of sanitizer and a few extra
masks in my handbag.

Some of the
struggles we mothers are facing are as the kids are home right through they are
eating more often. Sometimes food is finished and I have to go out to buy more
food items. Mothers have it hard because we have to cook all day and have to
help teach our kids school work and do all our housework. Sometimes we do not
have any time to rest. As you lie down all you hearing is “Mummy.”

In the
beginning it was difficult to join a virtual class because I did not know what
to do. I never use Zoom before so it was a new experience for me. One thing I
miss a lot is meeting and socializing with my friends. I am a social butterfly.
I love to meet new people. I miss not being able to hug my family and friends,
but we have to do the right thing. A next difficulty we are having – as
internet drops we lose our connection but in all I am loving my virtual

The women
in my area Coal Mine are striving. We look out for each other. I encourage all
my neighbours not to give up. Things will get better in the near future. This
is my journey through Covid-19.

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