Our crisis response and how you can help

give emergency help as coronavirus impacts communities in need

How Children International is responding to the coronavirus

As the coronavirus continues to affect millions worldwide, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe.

It's becoming clear that vulnerable communities, like the children and families we serve, are most at risk. Social distancing is impossible when you're living in a crowded slum. Those who were surviving on dollars a day, are now without work at all. Food is becoming scarce.

The Emergency Community Fund was designed to help during crises like this. Right now, it's being tapped to its limit.



See how your support helps our children and families


FOOD SUPPORT

We’re coordinating with local partners to provide as much aid as possible. Your support of the Emergency Community Fund will help provide more assistance to children and families.


TELEHEALTH SERVICES

Your support is helping provide telehealth services to sponsored families. Doctors are meeting over the phone, then providing referrals to health care providers.


VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING

With many community centers closed, thanks to you, we’re finding new methods to deliver value to sponsored children and youth, like digital learning sessions.


HYGIENE EDUCATION

Through videos, posters and text messages, you’re helping amplify how important handwashing is to preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus response in action

See reporting by country

Last reviewed: May 2022

Please note that as our global staff focus on the complex work of gradually reopening community centers – as local conditions allow – we are receiving updates less frequently. Some agencies are no longer required to submit reports to update their status (below).

All of the countries where we work have experienced their own unique set of challenges and circumstances. In all cases, we have been working with local governments, as we are able to do so.

Please feel free to reach out to the Care Team if you have specific questions.


Colombia | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | Guatemala | Honduras | IndiaMexico | Philippines | United States | Zambia


Colombia’s community centers are open, and many in-person programs have resumed. Children are attending in-person schooling, and the current situation in Colombia has improved to the point that regular covid-related updates are not necessary. 

 

Community centers in the Dominican Republic have reopened and children are attending in-person programs and schooling. The situation in the DR has improved significantly, and regular covid-related updates are no longer necessary. Please note that sponsor-child correspondence may be delayed as we adapt to new processes.

 

In Quito, community centers have reopened, and many in-person programs have resumed. Children are attending in-person schooling. The current situation in Quito has improved significantly, and regular COVID-related updates are no longer necessary. 

 

Curfews have been lifted and classes have resumed in hybrid form (virtual and in-person learning). There have been no further changes related to the school year in public or private establishments.  

 

Lockdowns and curfews remain lifted and schools are gradually opening, with more than 50% of educational facilities continuing to operate virtually. The Secretary of Education has determined that schools, colleges, and universities give students the option to continue their studies virtually.

 

Kolkata, India’s, community centers are open, and many in-person programs have resumed. Children are also attending in-person schooling. The situation in India has improved significantly, and regular covid-related updates from Kolkata are no longer necessary.

 

Community centers in Mexico have reopened and children are attending in-person programs and schooling. The situation on the ground in Mexico has improved significantly, and regular covid-related updates are no longer necessary.

 

The island nation has a range of restrictions that are based on local infections rates and trends. Most of the country is on an alert level limiting indoor gatherings to 50% of venue capacity, and outdoor gatherings to a slightly higher percentage.

 

Mask mandates remain in effect on a case-by-case basis and quarantines are in place for those testing positive with COVID-19. Students are attending in-person schooling. We expect to resume our in-school programming and visits at the beginning of next school year.

 

In Zambia, children are attending in-person schooling and our community centers are open. Many of our in-person programs have also resumed. The situation in Zambia has improved significantly, and regular covid-related updates are no longer necessary.

 

As we continue to adapt to COVID protocols, staff are constantly innovating and finding new ways to deliver vital programming and aid to our children. Your continued support makes this possible.

About Children International

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Children International is a toprated humanitarian organization focused on helping children break the cycle of poverty.

Our data-driven approach measures the outcomes of our programs aimed at helping kids graduate healthy, educated, empowered and employed.

  • More than 35 years of child sponsorship programs
  • Serving 200,000 children in 10 countries
  • 67 community centers across the world
  • 9,000 local volunteers help children

Give with confidence

84% of CI donations go directly to the field

We take our responsibility as stewards of your contributions seriously.

In FY 2021, 82% of our total operating expenses supported programs for children and youth.

How we’re keeping children and staff safe

Children International staff is working closely with local governments to support efforts to contain the virus and keep children and families healthy. At our headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, a team has been assembled that operates under three guiding principles:

  • Keep Children International employees, volunteers, sponsored children and their families safe
  • Continue to serve our sponsored children and our supporters
  • Do our part to slow community spread of the virus

Approximately 90% of our staff is working from home to support social distancing guidelines. Around 10-15 employees unable to do their jobs from home remain in the building, which we now consider a low-risk environment.

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