How Cuso International is responding to COVID-19
Dear friends and supporters,
Cuso International’s programs are servicing those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 on a global scale.
As countries around the world combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Cuso is working to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, partners, and beneficiaries.
This pandemic is especially devastating to our most vulnerable communities – most of whom are without the basic health care and day-to-day resources you and I have available.
In light of the increased risk of countries imposing travelling restrictions, Cuso made the decision to accelerate the return of all volunteers. Our teams across the globe are working tirelessly to support measures to reduce the risk of proliferation of COVID-19. Staff and volunteers are working from home, and we are doing all we can to ensure these new working arrangements have minimal impact on our operations.
We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its potential impact on the Cuso community. Please take a look at our News and Updates section below to read more information on our response. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued support of people living in poverty.
We wish you, your family and friends, safety and good health in these difficult times.
Chief Executive Officer
News and updates
Cuso in Peru: supporting women through the COVID-19 pandemic
Join us for a virtual discussion with our program experts in Peru during a one-hour Town Hall on Thursday, June 18, beginning at noon. Hear how Cuso is managing through this current pandemic and the impact of our work to date. For nearly 60 years, Cuso has connected communities around the world with skilled Canadians to help end poverty and inequality and build opportunity. And we aren’t stopping now. Register now
Q&A: with David Forest, Head of Programs, Africa
David Forest, Cuso International’s Head of Programs-Africa, moved from Ottawa to Benin in September 2019 with his partner and their two young children to assume his new role.
The family was forced to return early as the coronavirus began to rapidly spread through Europe and North America, and the Canadian government urged Canadians to come home. David sat down by phone for a Q&A about how the coronavirus has impacted his work.
Compassion in the time of COVID-19
Everyone has been touched by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in one way or another. But there are some groups for whom the current pandemic is being felt in more acute ways. Women as a whole are disproportionately affected whenever any disaster strikes, and this is no exception. Read more from Sarah Pentlow, Cuso International Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Consultant.