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: November 19, 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 learn how the new guidelines are affecting Children International programming.
With the number of infections in Colombia under control, the country now faces a pandemic of the unvaccinated. More than 70% of schools have resumed in-person classes and it’s projected that by 2022 most children will return to in-person school.
The state of emergency ended in October, while masks are still used in public and a proof of vaccination is required to enter many businesses. Children are back in school in-person for 2-3 days a week for four hours a day. The rest of the time they learn remotely.
As the vaccine rollout continues, the economy continues to reactivate. A progressive return to in-person classes is planned but no dates have been announced.
All curfews have been lifted, masks are required in public and physical distancing guidelines are in effect. The last day of the school year will be November 30. The new school year will begin in February.
The national government suspended the curfew in October and most classes ended for virtual students at that time as well. Students attending school in a hybrid fashion will continue through the end of November. Classes are expected to resume in 2022 but it’s not yet been determined if they will be in-person or hybrid.
There are currently no active quarantines or highly restrictive measures in any of our communities or work areas. Schools continue to operate in a hybrid model.
Currently, there are no restrictions in place in Jalisco. Schools remain in a hybrid setting, with the 100% return to in-person classes being evaluated.
Many regions in the Philippines currently have elevated restrictions in place, such as reduced capacity in public spaces and transportation due to emerging variants.
Mask mandates are in effect on a case-by-case basis and quarantines are enforced only on those infected with COVID-19. Students continue to receive education either virtually or in a hybrid form.
The government has placed restrictions on all public gatherings due to rising case numbers. Schools re-opened this fall.
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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