Updated 02 April 2020
Since COVID19 was declared a pandemic the number of confirmed cases worldwide continues to rise and we are all now feeling the effects.
Hundreds of millions of children around the world are not in school. The governments of Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia have all implemented school closures some of which have now been extended beyond the initial period.
Like all charities around the world our ability to deliver our education programmes alongside our partners is being impacted. In Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Malawi access to services are already constrained and we know that women & girls, disabled people and the most vulnerable in communities will be the hardest hit in this crisis.
At Link the well-being and safety of our beneficiaries, stakeholders and staff is paramount. We’re closely following government advice and implementing all the recommended measures to help slow the spread of the virus. Whilst some of our programme activities have been temporarily suspended we are working hard with our donors and teams to minimise the impact on our beneficiaries and ensuring that we can continue to support our beneficiaries. We remain committed to our Do No Harm principles and are actively considering the impact on women and vulnerable groups as we adapt our work.
In the short-term, we continue to support local governments wherever we can with additional system strengthening and are considering how we can adapt our programmes to meet our targets. We are also working hard on recovery plans for when schools do re-open, to make sure we are fully prepared and can minimise the disruption to learning for all students. We are collaborating with our partners in a coordinated response, each of us providing expertise as we explore options for supporting young learners.
As we look towards an uncertain future, more than ever, we count on our donors to continue supporting our mission. As we adapt our plans we’ll keep you informed. Stay safe and well and thank you for your ongoing support!
Chair of the Board