COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Bolivia

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Bolivia

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

As of July 19, an average of 1,098 new cases of COVID-19 are being recorded in Bolivia per day. This is only a third the number of cases reported in June. At this point, the country has fully vaccinated around almost 14% of its 11.6 million people, up from just under 8% in June. Bolivian schools have remained partially reopened since February. Masking and social distancing are required in all public places, though no nationwide lockdown has been mandated. Overall, public transportation, stores and restaurants are operating with restrictions.

The majority of Compassion child development centers remain on hold, with staff calling families to check in and provide spiritual and emotional support. However, a third of centers are now able to conduct small group gatherings, and a few centers are conducting home visits as their primary way of ministry. Since the crisis began, staff members have distributed almost 1.1 million food packs and over 525,000 hygiene kits and provided over 78,000 individuals with medical support.

COVID response in Bolivia

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Bolivia?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Bolivia, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Currently, the majority of centers in Bolivia remain closed. However, staff members continue to call families and visit homes where possible. More than 30% of centers are able to meet in small groups, with the remainder conducting home visits. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute almost 1.1 million food packs and over 525,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Bolivia

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Reyna registered in the Survival Program in her community when she was six months pregnant — and the pandemic was raging around her. She and her husband both struggled to find work, and they had spent much of their time in the countryside herding sheep and cows.

Reyna and her husband and two older sons have moved back into their community as they await the birth of their child. Despite the isolation that COVID-19 has caused, she says she doesn’t feel alone. The staff at the center visit her frequently and are available for any question she has. Pregnancy during the pandemic has unique challenges, but Reyna says she feels prepared to face them because of the Survival Program!

“I got registered in the program because the help they provide is significant for us, especially during this pandemic. They save us from need,” says Reyna. “I’m ready to receive my baby boy. I want my children to study because I didn’t finish school, only until ninth grade.”

How can I pray for Bolivia?

Pray that the number of COVID-19 cases in Bolivia would begin to decline and that clinics and hospitals will have the resources to care for those who are sick. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Bolivia
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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