At Motivation we are taking the coronavirus developments very seriously. Stay up to date with our plans and responses.

Thursday 19 March: initial response

At Motivation we are taking the coronavirus developments very seriously, and working hard to make sure we can continue to support our people and partners wherever possible.

We are monitoring the situation around the world and we are following official advice from governments and global health advisers like the World Health Organization.

Cases have now been confirmed in India, Kenya, Tanzaniaa and Uganda, as well as the UK [updated: 24 March]. Therefore we have decided to adjust our working practices so all our teams can work remotely.

From Monday 23 March 2020, our UK, Africa and India regional offices will move to remote working. We will continue to be available to you in all our usual ways during this time: by phone, email, online and through our social media.

The safety and health of our project participants, staff, partners and supporters – like you – will always be our top priority. So we have paused any activities which involve physically bringing people together.

Although we must temporarily change the way we work, our teams are as passionate as ever about what we do.

  • We will continue working remotely to support project participants
  • We will continue planning for three new projects in Uganda and Malawi
  • We will provide outreach by phone and through digital tools where we can.
  • We will keep fundraising and providing necessary resources for our teams.
  • We will ensure that all activities resume as soon as we are given government approval.

Through these challenging times, we remain committed to the disabled people we work to support. They are some of the most vulnerable during any crisis and will find it hardest to bounce back once the pandemic recedes.

We are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support of Motivation as we keep our communities safe. Many thanks for your patience as we reply to your questions, requests and generous donations as quickly as we can over the coming weeks.

Please keep in touch with us and we will be sure to update you on developments as they happen.

Monday 6 April: Statement on UK staff furlough

As part of Motivation’s ongoing response to the coronavirus epidemic, we have been exploring how to ensure our long term financial sustainability. Disabled people in developing countries are likely to be hardest hit by the impact of the virus, meaning that our work will be vital to ensure their future opportunity for recovery.

But, just like most charities and businesses, we are realistic that the pandemic is likely to have an impact on our income this year, through both our fundraising and our social enterprise sales. We need to find ways to save costs.

In light of this we have chosen to make use of the UK Government’s furlough scheme for some UK staff from our Senior Management Team, Fundraising, Administration, Clinical, and Design and Technical teams. 

We want to reassure you that, although our teams are slightly smaller, we are still focused on working with all our stakeholders and partners to support disabled people across developing countries.

While all other staff continue working remotely, we can be contacted by email and phone as usual. For general enquiries, please use [email protected] or 0117 9 660 398.

We will continue to review all our UK roles on a weekly basis to see whether it is possible to include more staff on the scheme while it is available to us.

All areas of our work remain as important as ever, though, and we hope to limit any disruption by staggering the start date of individual staff furloughs.

Every single person who works for Motivation is hugely important to us. We cannot change the lives of disabled people in developing countries without their passion, contribution and skill. And we enormously appreciate their understanding of our decision to make use of the furlough scheme. Of course, we will continue to offer them well-being support during these difficult times.

Our team feel positive that this action – alongside other expenditure measures – will help to sustain each and every role at Motivation during this critical time and in the future.

Wednesday 8 April: An update from Motivation in India

Tuesday 14 April: Updates from Motivation in Uganda and Kenya