COVID-19 Status

October, 2020

Update on ISWS Remote Projects

We are very proud to report that international remote projects are alive and very well during this time of Covid-19. Take a look at the projects ISWS is featuring and developing:

  • The successful launch of the Covid Care Calls Program in Guatemala/Haiti and has lead to ISWS funding the next three months of Phase II of this program designed to assist participants with psycho-social support, information about resources in their area and referral. A potential project is currently underway that focuses on Covid-19 related domestic and community violence, with the goal of training professionals in subjects such as conflict resolution, mediation, and peaceful dialogue.
  • The Cooking/Delivery pilot program is on-going in Hanoi, Vietnam with 10 single mother participants. To further insure success for these entrepreneurial women, ISWS social work volunteers are developing a program to facilitate a remote support group.
  • ISWS is in the process of developing a Train-the-Trainers program on Trauma in the DR Congo, an area that has experienced decades of armed conflict, natural disasters, displacement and violence against women and children. ISWS social workers are hard at work creating a trauma curriculum for the staff of our partner organization in Uvira, DRC so that they could help their participants to understand and better live with their traumatic experiences.

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