How Children International has responded
to the coronavirus

Around the world, however and whenever possible, we are working hard to provide support to children and families in need

We are committed to keeping our teams and supporters informed and connected. History has shown that crises like the pandemic usually hit the poor first and worst — with low- and middle-income countries prone to weaker health systems.

Connect with our Care Team for more information.

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.

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.

Help more families in need

Children International’s Emergency Community Fund provides a safety net when unexpected crises threaten to push already-struggling families even further into poverty.


Protecting our sponsors, supporters and partners

All sponsor and donor visits remain paused for the time being. We will reassess travel guidelines as countries gain stability.

Handwashing plays a role in ending poverty for good

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.

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