COVID-19 pandemic
Special newsletter
As an international peace organisation, SCI has been working on understanding and reacting to the health emergency created by the spread of the COVID-19 virus since the beginning, as the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers is our priority and our branches’ and partners’ work has already been affected to varying degrees.
On the 12th of March, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. This has a direct effect on SCI’s work and activities and we want to keep you informed on changes that are occurring.
SCI statements and updates on COVID-19 Pandemic
Updates from SCI
On our website, you can find updates on what action we are taking to do our part in this challenging moment and information that we have from the ground. We will keep this page updated with the newest decisions that SCI takes on the matter.
Access the dedicated page 👉 here
Initial statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
"We would like to call on everyone to stay kind to one another. This situation will be a true test for not only our organisations and organisations like ours, but also our current society as a whole. Despite the challenges and fears that we are sure people are feeling, we hope that our core values will stay strong."
 Read the full statement 👉 here.
Suspention of placement until 30th April
On 21st March we have issued a statement on measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic: we have decided to suspend placement to our workcamps, effective from 21st March until 30th April 2020.
This decision was not taken lightly and was the result of the uncertainty of what will happen in the future and of the belief that it is also our responsibility to support the measures suggested by experts, and that many countries put in place, asking citizens to stay indoors and practice social distancing.
We will keep discussing necessary measures as the situation evolves.

Read the full statement 👉 here.
SCI activities to join from your couch
Suspending our placement does not mean that our mission stops or that we are not still working on our vision of a culture of peace!
SCI is working hard to find ways to organise our activities in an innovative way, so that we can stimulate intercultural understanding from a distance.
Here are some initiatives from our branches. Enjoy!
Apartheid talks: from South Africa to Palestine
On 19th March, SCI Catalunya, together with other organisations, had an online conference with Mandla Mandela, African National Congress MP, tribal Chief and grandson of Nelson Mandela, and the afro-feminist activist Desirée Bela.
Watch the video 👉 here
French translation 👉 here 
Italian translation 👉 here 
Books against borders
SCI Poland started a series of "Books against borders", where volunteers from around the world share their favourite books from their countries.

See the first video 👉 here
Follow SCI Poland for more videos.
Building with nature in mind
Gaia Kosovo recently published the book "Building with nature in mind", where you can learn more about methods of natural building.
Have a look 👉 here
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