30/03/2020 – Our facilities remain closed and our face-to-face activities suspended, but we are steadfastly committed to adapting and continuing our work in these unprecedented times. 

Our response to this global crisis follows two principles: safeguarding and sustainability. Safeguarding means a focus on the safety of everyone who attends our programmes against contamination by COVID-19, as well as ensuring we meet the needs of young people when they need our support most. Sustainability means ensuring that Fight for Peace as an organisation continues to support young people now and in the future, when the current situation has passed.

Following the closure of our Academies in Rio de Janeiro and London, we have rolled out remote support programmes for the young people we work directly with. We are livestreaming interactive combat sports, employability, education and personal development sessions, and holding closed online group sessions to bring young people together in virtual spaces.

Our staff are carrying out one-to-one mentoring check-ins by telephone with our members and we have also set up communication lines on telephone and social media through which young people can contact our staff for advice and support on an ongoing basis. 

The response of the Fight for Peace Alliance has been to move face-to-face training to one-to-one support online. Weekly virtual gatherings have been established to bring Alliance partners from around the world together to share best practice on how to respond to COVID -19. Online safeguarding practices, food programmes for children and families, and emergency funding opportunities have been key areas where the Alliance has shared knowledge, tools and ideas over the past week.

Our Safer Communities Programme (SCP) in Kingston, Jamaica, has adapted to deliver programmes online and is developing training materials to facilitate remote self-paced learning. Our team is also supporting state responses, and, in partnership with the National Parenting Support Commission, UNICEF and a private sector foundation, has set up a coronavirus helpline for parents.

We are following the developments of the pandemic and the situation is being assessed daily. We will return to our normal activities as soon as we are able to do so and we will return stronger, for this moment presents an opportunity for us to demonstrate our determination, resolve and our values as an organisation and as a global Fight for Peace family.