Dear friends, partners and colleagues,
As concern grows around the world, we are writing to let you know of the steps that we are taking as staff in Forest Peoples Programme to respond to the global challenges caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our staff, our partners and the communities we work with is of utmost importance to us. This has guided our response so far and will continue to guide any changes to this approach.
Until at least the end of May, we have updated our working practices to align with global guidance, and have introduced the following measures:
- Staff of the Forest Peoples Programme will not travel internationally. All international travel is being postponed and we are moving to on-line or telephone working as much as is possible.
- The office in Moreton-in-Marsh will be staffed by a minimum staff number, not exceeding 3 staff at any one time. All other staff usually based at the Moreton in Marsh office are working from home during this period.
- As schools close in different parts of the world, we anticipate that there will be some changes to the availability of FPP staff who may need to work shorter hours. You will hear this directly from staff you work with, if this is the case for you.
Staff are already in contact with many of our partners to determine what changes might be needed in the work we are doing together. This includes thinking through how we continue to support our community partners, what our plans will be for continued work if restrictions on movement continue for longer than a few weeks or months and ensuring that we maintain support from our funders.
We stand ready to support all of our partners, and each other, over the period of time that this virus continues to impact us all – if you would like to discuss any of these details, or any concerns about how this may affect you, please do get in touch.
We are aware that our responses may need to change over time, and we will continue to review how we are approaching this and will keep you updated. Please feel free to reach out to us with any specific questions or queries if you need at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In solidarity, and with great respect and warmth,