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Last reviewed: October 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’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.
Although many restrictions have been lifted, the Guatemalan government continues to closely monitor infection rates and is using a “traffic light” alert system, with Red representing the highest rates (55 people or more per 100,000) and green the lowest (15 per 100,000). Remaining mandates and restrictions include hand hygiene and physical distancing in both indoor and outdoor spaces under Red sectors.
There are currently no movement restrictions in the country. On the other hand, the permanent use of a mask and the use of disinfectant alcohol on public roads, schools, universities, restaurants, etc. is mandatory.
Neither Kolkata nor Delhi, our two agencies in India, are under quarantine restrictions. However, mask-wearing indoors, on public transportation and in crowded spaces, is mandatory. And, as covid “hot-spots” flare up, smaller geographical restrictions can still be issued. Schools and other educational facilities are open, with safety protocols being strictly enforced.
Vaccines are available for everyone who is at least 5 years old.
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.
With varied infection rates throughout this island nation, the Philippines government continues to encourage mask-wearing for certain indoor activities. In Bicol, hospitals have an indoor mask mandate, while businesses are now free to establish their own guidelines. In late August, for the first time in two years, the new school year began with public schools welcoming back all students for face-to-face classes.
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.
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.
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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