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 and our International Partners are doing everything we can to put plans in place that keep children, communities and our staff protected and healthy. 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.
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 system puts them at greater risk.
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.
-Updated 19th March 2020