The corona virus also impacts our partner organizations and project participants in South East Asia. In Indonesia, a national emergency has been declared. In the Philippines, President Duterte imposed a curfew on the entire country. In Thailand, the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency. No matter what terms are used, everywhere the measures imposed lead to serious cuts and changes.
We are in regular contact with our partner organisations and are kept up to date by them. Currently, our work is at a standstill, no new microcredits are given out, no seminars or workshops are held and no training courses are conducted. In order to protect those who conduct our programs on site, we have also paused all ongoing microcredits for now.
Our first priority is to help people improve their lives. This is especially true in the current situation. Together with our partner organizations, we are already considering how we can help small entrepreneurs get off to a good start quickly, unbureaucratically and sustainably after the Corona crisis, and how we can support Project Life Subic, Gema Alam and the Tamar Center in quickly restarting programs once the restrictions have ended. Our partner organisations are in exchange with our project participants and were able to assure the small entrepreneurs and trainees that we will be there for them again with microcredits and further support after the end of the curfews.