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.

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See reporting by country

Last reviewed: July 2022

Agency staff across the globe continue monitoring local and national government coronavirus guidelines and restrictions. As conditions slowly improve, fewer and fewer restrictions remain in place.

With these lower health risks, we are thankful to report that all our agencies have opened their community centers to our sponsored population. Some centers are operating at full capacity, while others are open with some limitations — determined by local infection rates, amount of indoor space, and other criteria.

Due to vastly improved conditions, most agencies are no longer required to provide regular COVID updates, but the following agencies continue experiencing greater disruptions: Guatemala, Honduras, India and Philippines.

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. 


There are currently no restrictions on people’s movements – a status that has not changed since the previous update. However, an uptick in positive cases in the month of June, which the Ministry of Health has called, “the fifth wave,” may lead to new controls and protocols to restrict spread of the virus. Some areas of the country are experiencing a 40% positivity rate.  


There are currently no major lockdowns or constraints on people’s movements. However, mask mandates do remain in place, and the use of disinfectant alcohol on public transportation, in schools, universities, restaurants, and other public spaces, is mandatory. All educational institutions are conducting in-person coursework.


Neither Kolkata nor Delhi, our two agencies in India, are under any quarantine restrictions. However, mask-wearing indoors, on public transportation and in crowded spaces, is mandatory. Schools and other educational facilities are open, with safety protocols being strictly enforced.


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-19 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


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 many 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.

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.


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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