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 response in action

See reporting by country

Last reviewed: July 2022

Agency staff across the globe continue monitoring local and national government coronavirus guidelines and restrictions. As conditions slowly improve, fewer and fewer restrictions remain in place.

With these lower health risks, we are thankful to report that all our agencies have opened their community centers to our sponsored population. Some centers are operating at full capacity, while others are open with some limitations — determined by local infection rates, amount of indoor space, and other criteria.

Due to vastly improved conditions, most agencies are no longer required to provide regular COVID updates, but the following agencies continue experiencing greater disruptions: Guatemala, Honduras, India and Philippines.

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. 


There are currently no restrictions on people’s movements – a status that has not changed since the previous update. However, an uptick in positive cases in the month of June, which the Ministry of Health has called, “the fifth wave,” may lead to new controls and protocols to restrict spread of the virus. Some areas of the country are experiencing a 40% positivity rate.  


There are currently no major lockdowns or constraints on people’s movements. However, mask mandates do remain in place, and the use of disinfectant alcohol on public transportation, in schools, universities, restaurants, and other public spaces, is mandatory. All educational institutions are conducting in-person coursework.


Neither Kolkata nor Delhi, our two agencies in India, are under any quarantine restrictions. However, mask-wearing indoors, on public transportation and in crowded spaces, is mandatory. Schools and other educational facilities are open, with safety protocols being strictly enforced.


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-19 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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