As the coronavirus keeps community centers closed around the world, we have adjusted our programs and created new ways to best serve children and youth during this time. Hear from Ramdas Pai, our senior advisor for Asia and Africa, who has been on the front lines of adapting and supporting programs to continue to meet the needs of our children, families and communities.
As the effects of the pandemic continue to evolve, our teams are working hard to gather information to share with you. In some cases, new information isn’t always available, but that doesn’t mean progress isn’t happening. We know you are concerned about your sponsored child, and it’s our goal to provide you the most meaningful updates possible. Going forward, we will be working to update this page monthly, so we can best summarize the meaningful impact you are making for children and families affected by the coronavirus. In the meantime, sponsors should be aware that letters, child photos and family updates will likely still be delayed.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate this challenging time and we’re thankful for your dedication to our movement to end child poverty.
Last updated: August 3, 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 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.