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COVID-19 is hitting children in poverty the hardest

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The Pandemic Problem

  • Income loss due to COVID-19, along with natural disasters, food shortages and rising food prices are making it hard for families in poverty to have enough food to eat.
  • Access to medical treatments has become even more limited due to COVID-19. So, children in desperate need of care are suffering.
  • Families who lost their source of income due to the pandemic are facing eviction with nowhere else to go.

Working Together for Resolution

  • Together, we are providing Compassion families with emergency food packs containing essentials like cooking oil, rice, flour, meats, vegetables and fruits.
  • Together, we are prioritizing access to health checkups, hospital visits and medical treatments for Compassion children.
  • Together, we are offering families rent assistance so they can stay in their homes.
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“Even when I couldn't ...”

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Faumida’s mother made it her life goal to never let her children go hungry.

“The food we eat as a family depends on how much money my husband brings home. If he doesn’t get work, we have no money for our needs. On days like those, I keep a little extra rice from dinner and give that to my children for breakfast. My husband and I don’t eat,” Faumida’s mother, Fausiya, says.

But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in Sri Lanka, even providing her family with rice for breakfast became nearly impossible. Her husband couldn’t find work, and they used up everything extra they had. Faumida’s mother thought her children were going to starve. But the Compassion center where Faumida attends provided them with an emergency food pack that contained enough food for the entire family for two weeks.

"My daughter is the way she is today only because of the center. They have fed her and taken care of her even when I couldn't," says Faumida’s mother.

Help parents like Faumida's who are struggling, even to the point of going hungry themselves, by providing food for their whole family. Send an emergency food pack, today!

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FAQ About Compassion’s Response to COVID-19

It has been crucial during this time to adapt how we minister to children in poverty together with our frontline church partners. The mission has not changed, but many of the methods have. Below are answers to some questions we’ve received about how Compassion and our field staff are responding during this crisis.

For more information on Compassion’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including updates for each country where we work, please visit our COVID-19 updates page.

Compassion staff are taking every precaution to protect the children in our program. We have suspended all nonessential international travel to national offices and frontline church partners until travel restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to travel again. This means we will not be permitting any international visitors to meet sponsored children, visit Compassion child development centers, or visit national offices.

As a regular part of our program, we continue to teach hygiene to registered children (and moms in our Survival Program), which reduces the spread of illness. Staff are also educating families about social distancing and mask wearing, and in many communities they are actively distributing masks and hand sanitizer to families.

This global epidemic has affected all of us in one way or another. Compassion staff and volunteers are doing everything they can to minimize the impact to the children in our program.

When the pandemic first began, Compassion had to temporarily close child development centers and halt group activities in all of our field countries. Starting in October 2020, some centers have been able to reopen, and we have worked to notify sponsors about the status of their sponsored children’s centers. Some centers remain closed. In some areas where restrictions have been eased, students are meeting in small groups at the centers. In some communities, centers have been able to reopen fully. Regardless of status, staff are working with families to deliver emergency supplies during this time of crisis.

Because we are committed to protecting each child and maintaining their privacy, we do not disclose children’s health information. However, to learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting your sponsored child’s country, you can click here.

Thank you for your heart and willingness to help. Our local church workers around the world are courageously delivering essential items to desperate children and families. You can help provide additional resources for physical and medical support. Make your donation in the giving section at the top of this page.