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COVID-19 outbreak in Canada and around the world

Crossroads International is closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19), in collaboration with our partners and volunteers overseas, our fellow Voluntary Cooperation Agencies, relevant Health officials as well as with the Canadian government. The safety and well-being of our volunteers, staff, partners and our community are our priorities.



We are please to announce that our volunteers are well and have returned to Canada. There are reported cases in Africa in the following countries where we operate: Burkina Faso, eSwatini, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo and we are continuing to monitor closely.



It is with a heavy heart that the Crossroads family announces the passing of Mrs Mariam SIRIMA (born FOFANA) on March 30, 2020 from COVID-19. She was a beloved CBDF coordinator (Coalition Burkinabé pour les Droits de la Femme) in Burkina Faso and contributed to increasing women’s rights at a national and regional level in her country. Our hearts are with her family and her colleagues.

Our Toronto, Montreal and Senegal offices are currently working from home to minimize everyone’s exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to support everyone to be well.



In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within communities and across the country, all Canadians are advised to:

  • stay at home unless you have to go to work
    • talk to your employer about working at home if possible
  • avoid all non-essential trips in your community
  • do not gather in groups
  • limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • go outside to exercise but stay close to home
  • if you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
    • household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days

You can go for a walk if you:

  • have not been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • do not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days


Please follow guidance for personal care:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and especially after using the restroom and before eating. Also, as available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  3. Avoid shaking hands and hugging.
  4. If you have upper-respiratory symptoms (coughing, fever, other flu-like symptoms), please stay home, and we recommend you call your local public health department or consult a doctor.
  5. And otherwise, if you need to cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow.


For more information, visit the World Health Organization website or Health Canada for evolving information about risk factors and symptoms.

We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring any further developments and in supporting our communities as we navigate these difficult times together.

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