How Children International is responding
to the coronavirus

Information for our supporters about the impact of the coronavirus

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.

Below, you can find the most up-to-date reports from the regions where we work, and how new guidelines are affecting Children International programming. Please continue to check this page for further updates.

Last updated: May 5, 2020

 

Children International teams in the field are busy:

  • Local staff have formed task forces to target their efforts and are working closely with local government authorities, as well as local relief organizations to provide support where it’s needed most.
  • 500 cases of soap were given to hospitals in Zambia, where they are using it to support frontline responders, as well as patients.
  • Although the community centers are closed, staff is finding all kinds of ways to creatively continue to support our children and their families.
  • Doctors are using telehealth and equipping families and children with information and education around the coronavirus, handwashing and mental health.  
  • Some of our programs are being delivered in new, innovative ways – such as job training webinars through Facebook live, and virtual tutoring in math and reading.

How can you help?

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

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Frequently asked questions during the coronavirus pandemic

How we’re keeping children and staff 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 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.

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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