Our Dear Fellow Members,
This will be the first time that I will be giving my monthly address to all our members after a jam-packed schedule of meetings and work in the previous year/months. In a sudden, 2020 started with challenges and problems, however, it is not a time to overlook that we have opportunities and chances on how to use the time that we have. The COVID-19 Pandemic threat in our respective countries have brought us to lockdowns and isolation.
Our internal team is trying to reach all members trying to cope up with the mental and physical challenge brought by this global emergency.
We have the following advices:
1. Take General Precautions from the World Health Organization (WHO)
2. Taking care of our mental & emotional health
3. Recognizing some of our members in the COVID19 frontline
We are honoring and recognizing some of our members who are volunteering and working in the medical and social work frontlines. We should thank and provide them moral support in these times.
4. Maintaining coordination and communication
Even some of our activities for March-April 2020 were postponed due to the pandemic threat, we are very thankful to members and volunteers who continued to pursue efforts in working with our ongoing initiatives and projects. The organization currently exerts efforts to maintain coordination and strong communication with our members from all over the globe, through social media and conference call. We are here to provide the best of what we could to help.
5. Staying healthy and safe
You are one of the organization’s component and therefore we are obliged to do its mission itself: international fraternity, solidarity, social and creative activism. Humanity since the very beginning, faced the same challenges and we always have surpassed it and learned. By staying physically and mentally healthy and safe, complying with the local health authorities, and maintaining communication and strong spirit, you are doing your part for humanity to triumph from all of this.
Before ending this monthly address, let me quote a dialogue from a classic favorite (probably some of our members and mine) which provides us a glimmer of hope of what we should look at these times:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
On behalf of the ATO Board of Trustees, we are wishing everyone good health and safety,
The ATO Board of Trustees
Statement Released: 26 March 2020