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


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.


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


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.


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

Coronavirus reponse in action

See the latest updates by country

Last updated: November 19, 2021

All of the countries where we work are experiencing their own unique set of challenges and circumstances. In all cases, we are working with local governments to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus or begin the recovery and vaccination process, where applicable. Below, you can find reports from those countries, and learn how the new guidelines are affecting Children International programming.

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

With the number of infections in Colombia under control, the country now faces a pandemic of the unvaccinated. More than 70% of schools have resumed in-person classes and it’s projected that by 2022 most children will return to in-person school.


The state of emergency ended in October, while masks are still used in public and a proof of vaccination is required to enter many businesses. Children are back in school in-person for 2-3 days a week for four hours a day. The rest of the time they learn remotely.


As the vaccine rollout continues, the economy continues to reactivate. A progressive return to in-person classes is planned but no dates have been announced.


All curfews have been lifted, masks are required in public and physical distancing guidelines are in effect. The last day of the school year will be November 30. The new school year will begin in February.


The national government suspended the curfew in October and most classes ended for virtual students at that time as well. Students attending school in a hybrid fashion will continue through the end of November. Classes are expected to resume in 2022 but it’s not yet been determined if they will be in-person or hybrid.


There are currently no active quarantines or highly restrictive measures in any of our communities or work areas. Schools continue to operate in a hybrid model.


Currently, there are no restrictions in place in Jalisco. Schools remain in a hybrid setting, with the 100% return to in-person classes being evaluated.


Many regions in the Philippines currently have elevated restrictions in place, such as reduced capacity in public spaces and transportation due to emerging variants.


Mask mandates are in effect on a case-by-case basis and quarantines are enforced only on those infected with COVID-19. Students continue to receive education either virtually or in a hybrid form. 


The government has placed restrictions on all public gatherings due to rising case numbers. Schools re-opened this fall.


Even though many community centers remain closed, 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 2020, 85% 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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