Ecologia Youth Trust’s Response to the Covid-19 Outbreak
Ecologia is closely monitoring the spread of Covid-19 and its potential impact on our staff, our partner schools and our international project partners and beneficiaries. We are committed to their wellbeing and are ensuring we are taking appropriate measures to ensure we continue to provide our charitable services.
– Catherine Brislee, Chair of Trustees
What are we doing
Ecologia Youth Trust is doing everything we can to put plans in place that keep children, communities and our staff protected and healthy in all our projects, at home and abroad. This includes providing the right health message to our staff, volunteers and projects, so they can correctly protect themselves from the virus. The NHS emphasises that the best way to avoid spread of the Coronavirus is to stay at home, keep good hand hygiene, good cough etiquette, and social distancing.
In Scotland, so far there are a relatively few confirmed cases of coronavirus diagnosed in Highland, where we deliver our Growing2gether programme. Schools in Scotland closed as of Monday 16th March indefinitely, so while we remain committed to continuing our Growing2gether programme and are exploring alternative ways to deliver it, we will be ensuring that no unnecessary risk is posed to our staff and the young people in our programmes.
We at Growing2gether are continuing our work of strategising the best way forward for the good of our wonderful young people. Senior Management and a small Growing2gether team are working together to ascertain the best way forward. We also have put some of our staff on furlough so that we can protect the charity for the future. During these poignant and challenging times, our thoughts are with the young people that we have the privilege to serve and whom we value immensely. Please know that our respect for you is abundant and that hearts are with you.
Thankfully, our International Projects are in rural areas and their lower population density compared to the surrounding areas is advantageous for the prevention of contracting the virus. Our African projects, Sky Is The Limit Children’s Centre in Uganda and International Peace Initiatives in Kenya, work mainly with children and families that have HIV/AIDs. It is especially important for Ecologia to support them to be protected from the virus as their compromised immune systems puts them at greater risk. As prices of food, medical and hygiene supplies sky rocket, our commitment to raise funds to support them is even greater. Our gratitude goes out to our funders and regular donors for your support at this difficult time.
Our volunteers and school exchange programmes in Russia and Kenya have been put on hold until it is safe to travel.
For further information please contact Liza Hollingshead, Executive Director [email protected]
-Updated 7th April 2020