The consequences of the global spread of the corona virus and the Covid-19 disease continue to grow at great speed, and obviously we are already seeing consequences for Danmission’s work and economy.
None of Danmission’s partners around the world remain unaffected by the situation, and even here the consequences grow deeper day by day. One country after another is closing down, and our partners have to stop their activities and begin to look at, how they can contribute to the necessary crisis management. Consequently, at Danmission we receive an increasing number of requests for new support, postponement, or re-scheduling of projects. At Danmision we clearly see the need for us to acknowledge the new reality for our partners, support their concrete initiatives, and provide the necessary assistance to make sure that they remain operational even after the current crisis. Currently, we spend a lot of time on these questions.
The corona crisis has also resulted in a temporary repatriation of all our posted staff except for one regional representative, who has remained at his international post. Therefore, most of the coordination with partners is handled from Denmark.
Also, we continue to face serious consequences for Danmission’s 72 second hand stores around the country, which form our single most important source of income. All shops have been closed for business since March 16, and they will remain closed at least until Aprl 30 – and perhaps longer. This means a loss of revenue for Danmission of app. 1 million Danish kroner per week (app. USD 140.000), but it also means a loss of the very important daily fellowship for more than 2000 volunteers, who put their heart and many hours in running the shops. Many of these volunteers are elderly and therefore at a higher risk of facing severe complications, if they contract the corona virus. Their safety is our greatest concern, and consequently we will keep our shops closed for some time to come.
Altogether, the current situation means that the Danmission management has decided to execute a number of measures to reduce the economic and organizational consequences for Danmission:
All these initiatives will have consequences at many levels: not only will it mean cancellation or postponement of planned activities, but our general response time will also be longer. We are confident that everybody will bear with this, until the situation has normalized.
Those staff members who have not been sent off on temporary leave, will continue to perform their duties from their home office, and they can be reached via e-mail, telephone, and skype as always.
Questions from international partners can be directed to Kirsten Auken, Programme Director, at email@example.com or +45 41 999 318.
Other questions including press inquiries can be directed to Michael Trinskjaer, Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +45 41 999 321.