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 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.

Connect with our Care Team for more information.

 

See reporting by country

Last reviewed: May 2022

Please note that as our global staff focus on the complex work of gradually reopening community centers – as local conditions allow – we are receiving updates less frequently. Some agencies are no longer required to submit reports to update their status (below).

All of the countries where we work have experienced their own unique set of challenges and circumstances. In all cases, we have been working with local governments, as we are able to do so.

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’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. 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

Curfews have been lifted and classes have resumed in hybrid form (virtual and in-person learning). There have been no further changes related to the school year in public or private establishments.  

 

Lockdowns and curfews remain lifted and schools are gradually opening, with more than 50% of educational facilities continuing to operate virtually. The Secretary of Education has determined that schools, colleges, and universities give students the option to continue their studies virtually.

 

Kolkata, India’s, community centers are open, and many in-person programs have resumed. Children are also attending in-person schooling. The situation in India has improved significantly, and regular covid-related updates from Kolkata are no longer necessary.

 

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.

 

The island nation has a range of restrictions that are based on local infections rates and trends. Most of the country is on an alert level limiting indoor gatherings to 50% of venue capacity, and outdoor gatherings to a slightly higher percentage.

 

Mask mandates remain in effect on a case-by-case basis and quarantines are in place for those testing positive with COVID-19. Students are attending in-person schooling. We expect to resume our in-school programming and visits at the beginning of next school year.

 

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 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


FOOD SUPPORT

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.


TELEHEALTH SERVICES

Your support is helping provide telehealth services to sponsored families. Doctors are meeting over the phone, then providing referrals to health care providers.


VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING

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.


HYGIENE EDUCATION

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.

SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP

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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