How Children International is responding
to the coronavirus

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



As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a global impact, we are committed to keeping our teams and supporters as informed and connected as possible. History has shown crises like these usually hit the poor first and worst – with low- and middle-income countries prone to weaker health systems.

This page will feature regular updates, stories from our teams in the field, and ways you can help. In many cases, our teams are working around the clock to continually shift our approach to address our children and families’ greatest needs.

Connect with our Care Team for more information.
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Coronavirus reponse in action

Last updated: April 5, 2021

Country updates

All of the countries where we work are experiencing their own unique set of challenges and circumstances. In all cases, we are working with local governments to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus through limited public gatherings or quarantines. Below, you can find the most up-to-date reports from those countries, and how the new guidelines are affecting Children International programming.

Colombia | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | Guatemala | Honduras | IndiaMexico | Philippines | United States | Zambia

The infection curve has flattened in all sponsored communities, but citizens are still motivated not to lower their guard. The government is encouraging officials to prepare for in-person schooling, though parents still have the option to continue virtual learning.  


A curfew is in place during the week from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and on weekends from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Gyms and bars have reopened at 60% capacity. 2.8 million of students continue studying remotely. Classes are broadcast on TV channels and radio. There is no date for students to go back to in-person learning.


Families continue to face challenges accessing basic needs such as food, internet and the ability to pay bills. Schools are hybrid, with families deciding if they want to attend in-person classes. Cases have started to spike again in some areas of the country.


All curfews have been lifted, masks are required in public and physical distancing guidelines are in effect. Schools are in a hybrid model for 2021. 


Many families still have challenges with food and employment. Sponsored families continue to note an increase in crime. Students are still being home schooled and that will remain the case for the entire school year.


Most restrictions have been lifted in Delhi and Kolkata, with the exception of gatherings with 50 or more people being prohibited. School remains virtual for students, but some are allowed to visit their schools to get guidance from teachers as needed.


There are no restrictions in place, but it’s still advised to stay at home as much as possible. The government has said in-person classes will begin in August.



The Philippines is currently under “modified general community quarantine”. Schools are in a hybrid model.


There is no official stay-at-home order in place in Little Rock, but masks are required in public. Public transportation is running and restaurants are operating at an allowed 66% capacity. Families are still struggling with a lack of employment and the need for food has increased.

While the government has not formally imposed a curfew, with the spike in COVID-19 cases, people have been encouraged to observe all safety guidelines. The public transportation system and public places in general are the number one transmission sites. Schools are open, despite positive case numbers.


Even though many community centers remain closed due to government shutdown orders, 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 most 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 to 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.


Frequently asked questions during the coronavirus pandemic

How we're staying 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.

Protecting our sponsors, supporters and partners

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 at 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.

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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