18 March 2020
THE DOMINO FOUNDATION – COVID-19 RESPONSE
“We are all members of the great human family, created in the image of God” Genesis 1:17
The Coronavirus has arrived on South African shores and one aspect that it has certainly highlighted, is our equality as humanity. This virus has no boundaries, does not discriminate and does not respect national borders. It is OUR virus, and together, in unity, we can stop the spread through a calm, well-informed and planned response.
In preparation for the expected arrival of the COVID-19 virus, The Domino Foundation conducted Awareness and Education Training with our staff and implemented enhanced hygiene and cleanliness procedures throughout our organisation on Friday 6 March 2020. Through distribution packs of hand wash, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes, our team began implementing heightened cleaning and hygiene protocols within our office work space, vehicles, kitchens and the Baby Home. Following the address from our President on Sunday night 15 March 2020, and the declaration of a National Disaster, we met as a team to discuss the way forward to ensure the safety of our stakeholders.
While we do exist to serve our 12,351 beneficiaries in times such as these, leadership requires that we have to make decisions regarding the health of our Beneficiaries, Partners and Staff to ensure that our actions reflect the best interests of our stakeholders. Due to the nature of our work taking place into local communities, a large portion of our beneficiaries represent the ‘high-risk population’ having underlying health challenges (HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis etc.) as well as serving an aged beneficiary group.
As such, as of Tuesday 17 March 2020, the following additional measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and good health of all our stakeholders. We have separated our response into 3 categories, pertaining to the impact on each stakeholder respectively, namely;
2. Partners: Donors & Volunteers
3. Staff and Members
Each subsequent attachment shows steps taken for each stakeholder, summary is provided below:
- Baby Home – closed to volunteers and external visitors until further notice.
- Nutrition, ECD, Literacy, Life Skills & Skills Development – following standard protocol of closing during the school holidays (18 March – 14 April 2020). To resume in April 2020 pending Government updates.
- Red Light Anti-Human Trafficking – Off-site protocols will be implemented and curriculum and counselling to continue digitally via cellphone communication.
- Disaster Response – Prevention Education and Training Campaigns to run as usual.
- Donors – Continue all support and donor relation services operating remotely. Postponing all Staff Impact Days, Connect Tours and In-person Presentations.
- Volunteers – moratorium on all Volunteer Opportunities (CommServe Work Week #1, Regular Volunteers, Schools Programme and International Volunteers).
STAFF AND MEMBERS:
- Field-based teams – As per our usual protocol during school holidays, field-based teams will break for the extended holidays (18 March – 14 April 2020). To resume in April pending Government updates.
- Office-based teams – Continue to work remotely, utilise Zoom technologies for Virtual Meetings and schedule regular Telecommunications Meetings as needed.
We stand with Government and implore every citizen to adjust their current lifestyle to apply strict:
- Social Distancing Techniques
- Immune Building Practices and to ensure increased
- Hygiene Sanitation and
- Self-isolation, should the need arise.
The above measures will be in place until 14 April 2020, and will be reassessed in consultation with Government communication updates.
South Africa, we continue to pray for you and stand in solidarity during this time of need. Our prayers are with those who are high risk individuals as well as the small and medium businesses, and those organisations that operate in the Tourism, Hospitality and Service Industries who will largely be affected by the downturn of socialisation and will face longer lasting economic impact.
While these are times of global panic and uncertainty, they are also times of incredible opportunity, innovation and potential. We will continue to serve our stakeholders to the best of our ability and ask for continued support, grace and flexibility to adopt methods of best practice during this time.
It is another great day to change a life and to partner together for the future of our country!
Chief Executive Officer