SERVE Statement on Covid-19

In light of the on-going Covid-19 public health emergency and the continued challenges posed by Covid-19 for our overseas partners, a decision has been made to postpone all unnecessary travel and international overseas volunteering placements until such a time that the impact of Covid-19 can be more clearly assessed.

This very disappointing news, but it is the responsible decision we must take in a time of such global uncertainty. SERVE believes in volunteering that is responsible and responsive to the needs of our overseas partners. Our approach is grounded in the principle of solidarity and adheres to the value base of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice. We work with marginalised and vulnerable communities who live in basic conditions, often with limited access to healthcare and adequate sanitation. The risks posed by Covid-19 to these communities is significant. It is our view, that a balanced ethical consideration compels us not to put vulnerable people at risk by continuing to send volunteers who may be carriers of the virus.

It is better to take proactive steps now, rather than to later regret inaction. We will continue to explore creative ways to support our partner’s communities in 2021 and beyond.

Yours in Solidarity,

The SERVE Board and Team

SERVE Office Remote Working Status 

The SERVE office remains closed in response to government COVID-19 restrictions and we continue to deliver our services remotely.  Our staff team remains committed to ensuring high levels of service to our partners and supporter. Please Contact Us should you need our support. We will continue to work from home until it is safe to return.  We remain optimistic the vaccine and other public health measures will enable us to open up the office and receive visitors again in the near future.  For now, we remain apart but together online.

Partners: Click image above for helpful links and resources including manuals, social media graphics and posters.

SERVE continue to liaise with our partners to determine their status during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to update this page as information becomes available.

Tsholofelo Community Development, South Africa

The government of Mozambique requires travellers from all countries with active transmission to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. The government has suspended the issuing of entry visas and banned gatherings of more than 50 people. The government has suspended the issuing of entry visas and banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 is not the biggest cause for concern for our partner Young Africa Mozambique. On 23 January 2021, Cyclone Eloise made landfall near the city of Beira with strong winds up to 150 km/h and heavy rainfalls, causing severe flooding.

Entire residential areas of Beira have been flooded and according to the UN, 76 health centres and 400 classrooms have been damaged or destroyed.

In March 2019, Beira and the surrounding Sofala region in Mozambique were severely affected by another Cyclone: Idai. The moment Cyclone Eloise hit Beira in January 2021, the whole region was still recovering from the devastating effects of the Cyclone two years earlier.

Young Africa Centres

The centres in Beira and Dondo (20 km outside of Beira) operate at the heart of the community. Young Africa Mozambique is doing everything in its power to repair the damage caused in its centres and build back the community. But help is needed. Your support will make a difference.

Young Africa wishes to provide psychosocial support to affected students and people from the surrounding community. Cyclones are recurring natural phenomena in Mozambique. Improving the resistance of the facilities and infrastructures of their centres is extremely important.

For recent updates from SERVE’s partner Young Africa, visit their website here.

Mavambo Trust, Zimbabwe

SERVE secured  €10,000 from Misean Cara for Mavambo Trust’s COVID-19 response.

Mavambo Trust provide access to education for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and provide holistic psycho-social support for OVC and their caregivers to help them remain in school

  • The funds secured will support preventative education actions to increase awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the communities of Mabvuku, Tafara and Goromonzi on the outskirts of Harare. Mavambo will liaise closely with the Ministry of Health if suspected cases arise.
  • The project will be delivered through a community based response, led by community volunteers. Mavambo can access households that the Ministry of Health and other NGOs cannot which allows for those who are most vulnerable to access information.
  • Mavambo can reach 1,200 children and caregivers who are part of their current programmes and can also reach new people in the communities
  • The intervention to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be achieved through the following activities which can be started immediately and are expected to run for 3 months:
  1. Awareness raising about COVID-19 in the target communities of Mabvuku, Tafara and Goromonzi;
  2. Advocacy work to challenge mis-truths, fake news and dangerous practices which increase the communities risk to COVID-19;
  3. Purchase and disbursement of basic Personal Protective Equipment support for Mavambo’s beneficiaries, community volunteers and staff. This includes buckets, facemasks, latex gloves, hand washing liquid, sanitisers, detergents, sanitiser dispensers and mutton cloth;
  4. Ongoing trainings (virtual) with community volunteers and staff so they can carry out their work safely and effectively;
  5. Development, adoption, adaption and dissemination of Information Education and Communication material to support awareness raising and advocacy work
  6. Liaising with Ministry of Health if suspected cases are found

On 24 March, Prime Minister Modi announced a three week lockdown across India that requires everyone to stay at home from midnight on 25 March for 21 days. Strict restrictions on movement are in now in place unless for an essential purpose.

Association of People with Disabilities (APD), India

  • The COVID-19 outbreak started with 957 cases in April, and climbed to 250,000 by August 2020.
  • Millions of jobs were lost particularly among vulnerable and marginalised communities.
  • APD continued to support their students and families by hosting online learning, including webinars and parent/teacher meetings
  • In response to COVID-19 our partner APD raised 4.98 million rupees and provided Humanitarian support to;
  1. Distribute Survival Kits to 1800 children with special needs and 4445 families of people living with disabilities.
  2. Launched an awareness raising campaign including sign language videos for students and family members.
  3. Supported government agencies, frontline workers battling COVID-19 in the implementation of Government Guidelines and Action Plans at local level.

Badjao Nano Nagle Early Learning Centre

  • Read the latest Badjao Newsletter here (October 2019 – September 2020)
  • School closed in early March due to lockdown. The Badjao Nano Nagle Team are hoping to reopen the school in October 2020.
  • SERVE has allocated €7,500 towards the purchase and distribution of emergency food supplies for the Badjao tribe. Each household received 10 kilos of rice, 8 canned goods, 1 kilo sugar and 1 pack coffee.The Badjao youth leaders and cluster leaders helped to facilitate the distribution keeping the social distancing.

  • Each of the Badjao family has since received 5 kilos of rice and 2 canned goods from the government. There is a non government agency  in the area who is planning to distribute food supplies on April 25.
  • SERVE has been working closely with Badjao Teachers and Youth Council to translate ‘7 Steps of Prevention’ graphics into Sinama (Badjao Language). This can be widely shared across the Badjao community social media platforms.

Redemptorist Community Cebu

  • Parish committee and Redemptorist Youth Ministry delivering food packages and shopping to those who are vulnerable

The Vietnamese authorities have introduced a large number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, including banning the entry of foreigners and the widespread quarantine of anyone who may have come in to contact with coronavirus. Vietnam has also closed tourist areas, non-essential shops and services (including bars and restaurants), particularly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS)

  • SERVE assigned 10 virtual volunteers for 8 weeks to support CSDS during summer 2020. Volunteers worked closely with the CSDS team to deliver conversational English classes for students aged 18-22. SERVE contributed $1,000 USD towards this programme. This supported 20 students to improve their English skills, unlocking more educational and employment opportunities. SERVE is expecting a funding application from CSDS in 2021.
  • Please email if you would like to volunteer virtually in the future.