Covid – 19 Information

In this period of confinement linked to the global COVID-19 epidemic, all Fidesco employees remain mobilized in the service of volunteers in the field, and of people who are wondering if leaving on a mission is something for them. Here are some answers to the questions you may be asking yourself.

Are volunteers continuing their mission?

All our volunteers have a contract with the French government. In consultation with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, as well as with all the organizations sending international solidarity volunteers, and with our partners in the field, we decided – except in special cases – to keep volunteers at their place of mission.

Nevertheless, we still look with each individual volunteer, to adjust this general measure to each situation, depending on the state of health of the volunteer and the potential risks, the progress of the epidemic in their country of mission, and local capacities to deal with a health emergency.

How is Fidesco coping with the current global crisis and its evolution?

Fidesco set up a crisis unit at the start of the crisis, to analyze each situation and to support volunteers on missions around the world.

With great concern for each volunteer and the children in the field, we are monitoring this situation very closely. It is different in each country. We are always in very close contact with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry’s crisis and support center and the local French Embassies.

How are volunteers dealing with the crisis on the ground?

The needs on the ground and the development projects are still immense, and our volunteers continue to support them: the mission continues. However, we called on the volunteers to exercise special health vigilance in this risky situation, to respect very strictly both the instructions of each country, but also social distancing measures, which would not be required locally. Be certain that we are in close contact with each volunteer and constantly watching.

Are volunteer mission reports still send?

This crisis started in the midst of sending out mission reports from volunteers. In the US they are sent electronically, so you will receive the report, if you have not already received it.

Are Fidesco meetings and sessions maintained?

Due to confinement, all meetings and sessions, as well as interviews, are adapted to current constraints. However, as the needs are still immense in the field, recruitment continues. We are working on a new digital meeting and training formula, allowing the discernment and training with Fidesco to those who want to go on mission,. If you want to go on mission, contact us by email: info@fidescousa.org

Is the Fidesco team still available?

All Fidesco employees remain mobilized in telework, respecting the confinement instructions. The offices are closed, but everyone can be reached by email or by phone. For any request, send an email to: info@fidescousa.org

Concentrated on the support and questions of the volunteers themselves, we thank you in advance for your confidence in the management of the crisis. We also ask for your understanding: it maybe difficult for us to quickly respond to you individually on this or that particular situation of the volunteers you support, but we will do our best to do so.

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Dear friends,

At the heart of the current Covid-19 pandemic which affects the whole world, the entire Fidesco team is mobilized to serve the most vulnerable populations, while remaining very vigilant for the volunteers.

In close collaboration with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the other international voluntary organizations, and each of the volunteers, we are working collectively and individually with the French authorities to deal with this epidemic.

In this exceptional crisis, the presence of volunteers among the most deprived populations takes on a particular meaning. Beyond this exceptional crisis, needs on the ground are not weakening, quite the contrary.

This is why we need everyone to continue the mission: those who will take over once the crisis has passed, and those who support us from Europe. More than ever, our world needs goodwill, let's act together now!

In this period of confinement linked to the global COVID-19 epidemic, all Fidesco employees remain mobilized in the service of volunteers in the field, and of people who are wondering if leaving on a mission is something for them. Here are some answers to the questions you may be asking yourself. Please read our Post below for more details.