COVID-19 has changed the way we work. It isn’t safe to do activities with big groups of people. So we changed from meeting in-person to online, we asked our staff to stagger their schedules at the office and work from home. All of this has helped us ensure we practice safe social distancing. It has been challenging for our staff, who work in the field, to continue providing support and services to children and families as usual.
But every struggle has a solution, and as a family, CFI found new ways to continue our work during this pandemic by adapting our programs to run in small groups with less than 10 people. And to work in environments where we can ensure safe social distancing. We also check everyone’s temperature, provide shield masks and hygiene materials to wash hands before every workshop.
Even though schools were closed, we still went out to the community to provide educational workshops to children to ensure they keep up to date with their studies and are ready when schools reopen.
Recently, our social work team education and operations teams provided workshops to young girls in Phreak Norin secondary school about Future goals. This program helps young people think about their future plans and how they can achieve them. An important part of this workshop is to empower young girls to know that anything is possible, you can be anyone you want in the future.
CFI is enormously proud of everyone who adapted and continued their work during the pandemic to ensure children and families have what they need.