In January, a nationwide teachers strike started because of cuts in salaries and missed payroll payments. For security reasons, Village Altonodji needed to close and the orphans were sent out to their extended families or local host families.
In February, Mission:Chad board members John Wickberg and Pastor Buz McNutt visited Village Altonodji, but found it completely empty except for the administrative staff and the workers at the health clinic that serves VA and the local community. At that time, no one knew when the strike would end, they were hoping soon, because if it went too much longer the entire school year would need to be repeated. ...