Dear IFSW Members in Japan:
The images and stories coming to us of the earthquake and tsunami are devastating to watch and shocking. Many of us within the IFSW have been to Japan and have friends or family impacted and we stand in solidarity with our colleagues and the members of the Japanese Association of Social workers.
We at IFSW hope you will find comfort from this message to you!
Our heartfelt thoughts are with you in this initial period of shock and the subsequent recovery phase. Please know that as this World Social Work Day 2011, approaches that I, as President of IFSW, join with you, our Japanese social work colleagues and applaud your hard work and dedication to our profession during this very challenging time for our fellow social workers in Japan , their families, friends and colleagues who are affected by this environmental tragedy and look forward to our continued work together.
Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW
11 March 2011