Amy Foundation Statement

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Dear Friends, Supporters and Donors,

Following the announcement from President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, declaring the National State of Disaster and announcing a range of unprecedented measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa and globally, the Amy Foundation has taken necessary steps in an endeavour to curb the spread of the virus. The wellbeing of our staff, families, volunteers, beneficiaries and stakeholders are of paramount importance to us.

As the situation develops we will also focus on the role we can play to teach and assist where necessary as an organisation and try to positively impact the situation we currently find ourselves in. Our thoughts, hearts and prayers go out to everyone globally who has already been infected and affected by COVID – 19.

Please see below the steps that the Foundation has already put in place:

  • All classes at Sybrand Park and after school classes in the townships, including the school holiday programme and Human Rights Day event, have been cancelled with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future.
  • All tours and visits to the Amy Foundation are cancelled.
  • Our current international interns are currently working remotely and no new applications will be accepted.
  • Internal meetings at the Sybrand Park offices are to be limited and restricted to essential ones only.
  • We will take all necessary hygiene measures in the workplace to safeguard staff, which includes regular cleaning of touchpoints.
  • Hand wash and a sanitiser, with the required alcohol content, will be in all restrooms, communal areas and kitchens. We encourage all staff to wash their hands for a min of 20 seconds.
  • We have adopted appropriate social distancing practices, which includes a call for all staff to practice the “elbow” greeting and not shake hands or hug.
  • All staff will avoid close contact with those who have flu or flu-like symptoms.
  • Should anyone on our team at Sybrand Park or anyone in their family, our students or volunteers be tested positive at any time we will not hesitate to act swiftly to curb its spread, which could include closing the Sybrand Park office.
  • As the pandemic unfolds, updates can change daily and we will keep abreast of any new developments via credible resources like WHO or NICD.

This is a very testing and trying time for everyone in our country and requires us all to be responsible and follow the guidelines set out to ensure we curb the spread of this virus. This virus will have a significant and drastic effect on our economy. We must be careful not to panic and also ensure we do not spread fake and fear promoting news.

We should all stay positive, sensible and keep washing hands. Together we will be united as we move forward in these uncertain times.


Kevin Chaplin

Managing Director