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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops around the world, we’re continuing to do everything we can to keep Compassion-supported children, Compassion staff, volunteers and church partners safe. We’re working hard to minimise disruption to critical operations and ensure the children we serve remain known, loved and protected.

As our CEO, Justin Dowds, shares in this latest update, we’re deeply grateful for your ongoing support during these challenging times. As we navigate this pandemic, equipping local churches to care for children in poverty has never been more relevant or significant, so thank you.

Compassion around the world

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to push millions of children and families deeper into poverty, erasing hope for the future and years of hard work. It is estimated that 27 million more people will fall into poverty as a result of the pandemic, the first increase in the global poverty rate in more than 20 years.

Many of the countries where we work are striving to slow the spread of the coronavirus through restrictions on public gatherings or quarantines. Below, you can find the most up-to-date reports from the regions where we work, including current letter and gift delivery status. Please continue to check back to this page for further updates. Please continue to check this page for further updates.

Updated: 23 November 2021

Africa

  • Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda

Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand

Central America and the Caribbean

  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua

South America

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

How your sponsorship is working

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Compassion’s church partners across the globe have been adapting fast. We’ve been making some temporary changes to how your sponsorship donations are used and distributed, ensuring our local church partners can respond quickly to the specific situations and needs in their local communities.

In many of the countries where we work, Compassion is empowering local churches to redeploy sponsorship funds that are ordinarily used for group activities at the local church, so they can meet urgent and critical needs of families with children and young people registered in the programme. This includes necessities such as food, clean water, shelter, clothing, household items, and even medical care and trauma counselling.

 

Please take a few moments to watch this video from Sydney Muisyo, Compassion’s Head of Global Programme to hear more about what this change looks like and how our incredible church partners are adapting.

As some countries see a lifting of restrictions, there are a number of Compassion projects that are gradually re-opening, returning to our traditional project-based programme. You can find details of where this is happening in the country list above.

Compassion UK

We’re open for phone, email, and chat and our friendly team are available for your queries or if you’d like someone to pray with at this time.

As this crisis continues, please continue to pray for those deeply impacted by this pandemic. Our Compassion staff, volunteers and frontline church partners across the world are working diligently and creatively to address immediate needs and to help vulnerable children and their families rebuild from lasting effects of the pandemic. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

For more prayer points please visit our prayer page.


“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2


 

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