Dear Mighty Herd
From time to time infectious diseases develop into epidemics or pandemics, and create increased risks for the community. COVID-19 is of real concern and we want to do all we can to flatten the curve. Social distancing is one way we can show people that they are loved. Please know that we love you!
Our team in Australia continues to from home and we are doing as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We rely on tech for all of our communications which is actually not much of a change for us with most of our global meetings conducted online or by telephone.
Putting public interest and safety first, we have cancelled, postponed or reinvented fundraising events for the time being. This will be a devastating financial blow to our core work of getting children out of orphanages and back home, where they belong.
You can text REUNITE to 0437 371 371 to make a tax-deductible donation at any time. Every little bit helps. A receipt for your donation will be issued directly.
Our global response
We continue to be guided by the information and directions provided by local health authorities and the World Health Organisation, and its occupational health and safety obligations.
We will assist children, staff and others, as relevant, to minimise their exposure to COVID-19. Personal and communal hygiene including extra care with hand washing and sanitising is expected and soap/sanitiser available.
We have delivered a series of RISE events to keep people up to date with our COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
You can click on the link to read the report.
Update from Diptesh in India
Update from Anju in Nepal
Update from Patrick in Uganda
The Forget Me Not team will keep supporting children and their families in India, Nepal and Uganda through the pandemic.
The mental health and wellbeing of staff and beneficiaries has been a priority during this time. We have allocated human and financial resources to various initiatives including counselling, education and training. We have supported individuals, families and communities through lockdowns, health scares, nursing loved ones, deaths including by suicide, working and schooling from home, and food insecurity.
We have also celebrated graduations, weddings, engagements and new babies!
Donations over $2 are tax deductible in Australia.
As far as possible, FMN requires all employees (including temporary, casual, fixed-term, part-time and full-time employees), directors, officers, contractors (including employees of contractors) volunteers, suppliers and consultants, to take the following precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Maintain at least 2 metre (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, or shaking hands with others.
- Make sure you follow good hygiene and encourage others to do the same. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, and disposing of used tissues immediately.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you are well enough to work but would like to minimise the risk of infecting others, ask your supervisor whether you can temporarily work from home.
- Keep up to date on the latest hotspots (cities or local areas where the pandemic or epidemic is spreading widely). If possible, avoid travelling to places – especially if you are more at risk.
- If you are or are likely to be contagious, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. It may be possible or necessary for you to self-isolate by staying at home until you recover.
- Seek medical advice promptly and follow the directions of your local health authority.
Our global teams can work from home when required. We provide as many of our usual services as we can. We are providing extra support to children and their families through technology, financial and food support.
For those of you in Australia
We recommend www.healthdirect.gov.au for the latest advice, information and resources about COVID-19. You can call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line 24/7 on 1800 020 080 or look up your state or territory public health agency at www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts and if you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.
Australia’s National Mental Health Commission #InThisTogether campaign provides the following tips to stay mentally healthy during this pandemic.
Follow the facts
Talk, don't just type
Take a break
Financial stress is real
Play your part
Keep kids communicating
Check in & be kind to yourself
Helpers need help too
Please do what you can to look after yourself, stay connected and reach out when you need to.