As the coronavirus continues to disrupt the lives of millions, we remain committed to multiplying good in the world.
Sponsors should be aware that letters, child photos and family updates will likely be delayed for the time being.
We’re thankful for your dedication to our movement to end child poverty, especially during difficult times like these.
Last updated: May 29, 2020
Children International’s Emergency Community Fund provides a safety net when unexpected crises threaten to push already-struggling families even further into poverty.
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:
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.
We are committed to putting the needs of our community first, and we are socially distancing as much as possible. All sponsor and donor visits for April and May have been suspended, and no new visits are being scheduled for this time. We are closely following the national guidelines pertaining to large group events. Events are being cancelled as new guidelines are released. We anticipate the number of children waiting for a sponsor to increase because of this, as well as the economic effects of COVID-19.
We believe that practicing healthy behaviors, like handwashing, is one of the most important steps toward ending poverty. We have a long history of teaching our children and youth essential health habits like proper handwashing, which can help prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19.