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. It is important to note that while the recovery effort is well underway in the United States, it will take much longer for our families around the world to rebuild from this pandemic.
This page will feature updates as frequently as we are able to provide them, along with 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.
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Last updated: June 10, 2021
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 or begin the recovery and vaccination process, where applicable. Below, you can find reports from those countries, and how the new guidelines are affecting Children International programming.
Reports of new cases have decreased and restrictions have been relaxed again. The ministry of education is working to vaccinate all teachers and administrators in an effort to resume in-person classes for the upcoming school year.
A new curfew is in place throughout the country, to help reduce spread of new cases. Since early April, classes have been offered in a hybrid model and will continue that way indefinitely.
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 homeschooled and that will remain the case for the entire school year.
The COVID-19 wave that swept through the nation has improved significantly over the last month. Schools remain closed for the time being.
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 currently have moderate restrictions in place, such as reduced capacity in public spaces and transportation.
All Little Rock public activities remain cancelled. Students continue to receive education either virtually or in a hybrid form. Families are still struggling with a lack of employment.
Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that a third COVID-19 wave is moving through the region. School, however, has continued to operate normally, despite the rising cases.
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 amplify how important handwashing is to preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Children International’s Emergency Community Fund provides a safety net when unexpected crises threaten to push already-struggling families even further into poverty.
All sponsor and donor visits remain paused for the time being. We will reassess travel guidelines as countries gain stability.
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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