In these unprecedented times of the coronavirus pandemic, Opportunity International is taking measures to protect our clients, partners and staff.
We know that any crisis we experience in the UK hits the developing world harder. At a challenging time for us all in the UK, we are maintaining our focus on our clients across Sub-Saharan Africa who, in view of limited resources and weaker healthcare systems, face far greater needs to protect themselves and their families from the virus.
Our partners have faced considerable crises over the decades such as Ebola, natural disasters and political conflict. They are continuing to work with those in need of their support and creatively adapting to changing circumstances. Together, with our partners, we will be monitoring the context closely as health and economic impacts become clearer.
In the UK, in light of the latest UK Government advice, we have made changes to the way we work:
- We have closed the UK office and all staff are now working remotely from home.
- We have suspended all international travel.
- We will be encouraging donor meetings to take place virtually.
As an organisation we are well set up to carry on our fundraising and operational work and we remain confident that we can continue to work hard to support the most vulnerable communities in Africa. Our work is vital in providing them with the safety net that they need to protect and provide for their families. Our work is more urgent then ever and we thank you for your continued support, particularly through these challenging times.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us on: [email protected]
Keep safe and well.
Sam Bickersteth, CEO
Opportunity International UK