SVRI STATEMENT ON COVID-19
The global COVID-19 pandemic is necessitating many changes in the way we live and work. There is evidence that “social distancing” (or physical distancing in social solidarity) is a key strategy to slowing or preventing the spread of infections with many governments instituting travel restrictions. In response to these realities, the SVRI is working remotely and moving all planned events online. We acknowledge that this is a time of great uncertainty and stress for many and want to assure you all that we are committed to partnering with you to find solutions to the work we planned to conduct together. We believe in putting kindness at the heart of all we do and supporting the wellbeing of staff, partners, friends, and colleagues so in this extraordinary global crisis these remain core values that we are committed to putting into action. The situation is constantly evolving and as we learn more, we are committed to adapting to new realities with all of you and supporting you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to discuss your challenges or needs during this time. We are all in this together.
More than ever before, we need to work together and take collective and individual responsibility in curbing the spread of COVID-19. During this time, we strongly encourage self-care and kindness, and to continue our work as a nurturing and caring field. We have seen great displays of resilience and creative solutions from people in many countries, ranging from musical sessions from apartment building balconies, exercise sessions, and community members helping those most vulnerable by dropping off supplies and groceries. So, amidst the stress, fear, and chaos, this is also a time for us to be creative and innovative as we cope with crisis and adjust to a “new normal”.