COVID-19 Status

August 2020

Update on ISWS Programmatic Shift:

Since the closing of international borders due to the global pandemic, ISWS is pleased to report that we have shifted from an in-person volunteer model of building community capacity to a remote method of project development. We are excited to announce the success of the pilot program of Covid Cares Call Program, (CCC) taking place in the neighborhoods of El Limon, Cuilapa, and Petapa, Guatemala. This calling program has supported hundreds of vulnerable people, giving emotional support, accurate information of the Coivd-19 virus, and referral to local mental health resources for those is dire need. Established in June of 2020, the project has seen tremendous support from the Guatemalan community to continue this valuable service

Along with the CCC program, ISWS has been funding a Cooking/Delivery program in Hanoi, Vietnam, benefitting a small group of single mothers as part of the Coins for Change organization. The Covid crisis has greatly reduced this group of women’s income though the country’s lockdown but as essential workers they can cook and then deliver to the residents in their neighborhood. As well, ISWS is teaming up with volunteers to bring a training program focused on trauma to a community in DR Congo.

Stay tune to more exciting new project possibilities…

March, 2020

Dear Friends of ISWS,

With the recent confirmation by the WHO of the coronavirus outbreak being an official pandemic, we are concerned for the health and safety of the volunteers, partners, and family and friends of ISWS. As a socially-minded organization, we are taking all possible steps to mitigate the risk of expanding the coronavirus outbreak and thereby helping to flatten the infection curve, as public health officials are advising. The organization is monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19, and we will continue to seek guidance from public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis as it pertains to granting stipends to social work volunteers interested in international projects.

We will continue to be a resource to you and encourage you to apply for stipends for projects scheduled to launch later in the year. We are confident that by working together, we will manage through this challenging time. Thank you for your continued partnership with International Social Work Solutions, Inc.

We wish you all well.

Thea Bader, MSW, LICSW
Executive Director