I hope all of you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.
It would be an understatement to say that these last few weeks have been a disruption to work and life as we know it. And there is still so much uncertainty everywhere – across countries and the worldwide economy.
During these testing times, I wanted to reach out and connect with you – share what we have been up to and why I remain hopeful for the future.
At IndiVillage it is definitely not business as usual for us. These past few weeks have been focussed on how to best protect and support our employees, our customers and our communities in the face of this unfolding crisis. But we have embraced the next new and decided to turn the obstacle into an opportunity.
Our team has worked hard to establish internet connections and provide computers in our employees’ homes to ensure a safe and stable work environment. As a result, our business is running without any major disruptions and impacts to our standards of excellence.
Beyond the business, we are also extremely focused on the safety and well-being of our employees and their communities. In partnership with Indian clothing brand Yashram, we are manufacturing both cloth and higher-grade face masks to distribute to employee families, vulnerable community members and frontline workers in Yemmiganur and Raichur. Plastic face-shields have been provided to those performing important functions including police and hospital workers.
Well-informed communities will also be central to beating this virus. Thus, educational leaflets with information on masks and personal hygiene have been given among employees and their neighbors. Educational workbooks for school kids have also been provided to employees’ children and their neighbors to keep the kids busy and reduce pressure on families to manage with their kids at home. And this is only the beginning. At IndiVillage, we are committed to our communities, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and after.
None of this would be possible without the incredible efforts of our employees. From supporting community outreach efforts, to going above and beyond for clients, they have consistently shown us what it means to be a part of a team. We are grateful to each and every one of them, from team leads to new hires, for the extra effort and flexibility that they have shown over the past few weeks. Each day we prove that we are all stronger when we support and uplift each other.
We may be a small business but we’re big on positivity and determined to see through this crisis. And in such a situation our size is proving an advantage as we can take decisions quickly and work in a far more agile manner to ensure our customers and our communities get all the support they need and more. We are aware that many of you are also operating under similar constraints. The world as we know has changed for everyone. The old parameters will no longer hold. And being prepared is key.
To quote Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. “
Take care, stay safe and stay connected.