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: October 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 | a group of people wearing face masks in front of a wall

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. 


Dominican Republic | a group of people standing in front of a house

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.


Ecuador | a woman sitting in a doorway with a group of children

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. 


Guatemala | a group of children standing in front of a table full of food

Although many restrictions have been lifted, the Guatemalan government continues to closely monitor infection rates and is using a “traffic light” alert system, with Red representing the highest rates (55 people or more per 100,000) and green the lowest (15 per 100,000). Remaining mandates and restrictions include hand hygiene and physical distancing in both indoor and outdoor spaces under Red sectors.


Honduras | a woman carrying a child in her arms

There are currently no movement restrictions in the country. On the other hand, the permanent use of a mask and the use of disinfectant alcohol on public roads, schools, universities, restaurants, etc. is mandatory.


India | a group of people sitting on a bench in a room

Neither Kolkata nor Delhi, our two agencies in India, are under quarantine restrictions. However, mask-wearing indoors, on public transportation and in crowded spaces, is mandatory. And, as covid “hot-spots” flare up, smaller geographical restrictions can still be issued. Schools and other educational facilities are open, with safety protocols being strictly enforced.

Vaccines are available for everyone who is at least 5 years old.


Mexico | a young man and a woman in a kitchen

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.


Philippines | a family standing infront of their home

With varied infection rates throughout this island nation, the Philippines government continues to encourage mask-wearing for certain indoor activities. In Bicol, hospitals have an indoor mask mandate, while businesses are now free to establish their own guidelines. In late August, for the first time in two years, the new school year began with public schools welcoming back all students for face-to-face classes.


United States | a young boy in a red shirt and a blue face mask is writing on a desk

Mask mandates have been lifted and students are attending in-person schooling.


Zambia | a group of people sitting on top of a couch

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
  • Thousands of local volunteers helping children

Give with confidence

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We take our responsibility as stewards of your contributions seriously.

In FY 2023, 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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