Anna: I find it quite challenging sometimes to stay focused and stay positive.

Image: balcony

©Anna Schwachula

Dear MGG family,

The times are difficult, and with all the uncertainty and insecurity I find it quite challenging sometimes to stay focused and stay positive. I emphasize a lot with all people around the globe that do not have access to health care and social protection. I think that the world is probably not going to be the same after the crisis is over, and I think that our network will be as important as always to foster international exchange, find common solutions and support each other.

 

I find some relief in being outside (on my own, of course, taking care that social distance is kept!) caring for the flowers and herbs on my balcony, putting seeds in pots, watering, watching them grow. Last week, a pigeon visited me and watched me for a while, I was working, and I somehow felt very grateful for its trust in me. So we just both sat there for a few minutes and I think this moment of mutual trust, respect, and care – no matter how different we are, and how different our needs and background situations are, is a nice symbolic picture to send to you.

I really hope that the corona virus slows down its speed of spreading, and that your countries will not be as crazily affected as we are in Europe at the moment. Please stay safe and stay healthy.

Sending (antiseptic) virtual hugs,

Anna Schwachula

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Researcher
Programme on Inter- and Transnational Cooperation
Cluster Knowledge Cooperation and Training
German Development Institute

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Researcher Programme on Inter- and Transnational Cooperation Cluster Knowledge Cooperation and Training German Development Institute

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