Responding to COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing the world in which we live on a constant basis at present. After weeks of following the news of the pandemic unfolding we now see it affecting our lives here in Guernsey and the lives of people we know and love across the globe.
At This Is EPIC we continue to monitor the spread of the virus, our primary concern is for our teams on the ground in Uganda and the DRC as well as those in the rural communities we support with our savings and loans projects. In line with all government and public health advice we’ve eliminated all non-essential travel on our projects and we are supporting our teams with social distancing guidance and encouraging teams to work remotely.
Here lies the challenge, the communities that we support could bear the greatest burden from COVID-19. Trying to follow the most basic prevention guidelines is going to be a challenge. The communities we support often lack basic services such as clean water, health care infrastructure and reliable energy service. They are at risk from the virus itself and are among the most financially vulnerable, with little or no resources to support them through extended economic hardship. They will need our continued help, and we want to be ready to provide it.
We are confident and filled with hope that the world and our communities in Africa that we have such special relationships with will prevail against this monumental challenge. If we respond in the right way, with love, courage and positivity, we might even emerge stronger and more united as a global community.
In the coming days and weeks we will continue to share information about the impact on our operations and projects. We will also provide an update on how you can help the communities we support.
Please continue to stay safe, look after yourselves and those around you.