COVID-19 message from TESCL-Chief Director

To our friends, colleagues, partners and supporters,COVID-19 has become a black swan of our age. It has affected nearly every sector and every person around the world. How we work and live has drastically changed.But we remain committed to delivering on our mission.

A fter all, some of the most vulnerable communities in many countries rely on our help. At the same time, we want to make sure our staff is safe and well. Like many other organizations, we have put in place our contingency plans so that we can continue our work efficiently. Our priorities remain the same: ensuring the health and safety of our staff while meeting the needs of our key stakeholders, from farmers, pastrolists, and fisheries to donors.

What we are doing

  • We have a dedicated emergency committee who are following the latest developments in Tanzania, adjusting our contingency plans accordingly and keeping our staff and partners up to date about any changes to our business processes.
  • Our offices are following the latest instructions and regulations by relevant local authorities including putting sanitizers at our office. All of our staff members are have been advised to practice social distancing and be extra careful about personal hygiene.
  • International Business travel has been suspended for more than a month.
  • We have postponed all our International events, including training courses. But we are implementing remote training for some of our projects and are developing plans to do more with our partners.
  • We are looking into how the current situation might impact our projects in about 5 countries. And we will also draw lessons to improve our planning and operations in the future.

Lastly, as before, we continue to share news and updates about our work through our channels. We are also launching a blog page on our website dedicated to COVID-19 and its impact on food security, nutrition and livelihoods in marginal environments. To stay up to date, visit our website, follow us on social media or sign up to receive our newsletter.

These are indeed testing times. But there are some silver linings to what is surely a very dark cloud.
We are learning new ways of staying productive while we continue working with precaution of the CIVID -19 and our children are learning remotely. Our carbon footprint is significantly down as our commute and travel is almost nil. We are starting to appreciate the little things we often take for granted. And of course, many of us are learning how important it is to spend quality time with our families and loved ones.

When everything returns to normal, we will double our efforts to make up for any lost time. Together we will come out of this stronger and smarter. Until then, keep yourselves, your families and communities safe.

Stay well,
Julius Peter Gontako
Chief Director

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