COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Brazil

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

Over 19 million people in Brazil have been infected with COVID-19 as of July 19. An average of 40,696 cases are being reported daily, a decrease from the 63,000 in June. At this time, Brazil has fully vaccinated 29% of its 211.7 million people, up from 17% reported in early June. Hospitals have been better able to care for patients as the daily number of critical cases has gone down. Restrictions vary by location, with some cities enforcing lockdowns. The economy of Brazil has grown for the third quarter straight and has reached pre-pandemic levels despite the ongoing spread of COVID-19. This is a result of the country’s strong agricultural sector and a stimulus package which gave payments to the poorest citizens.

Most Compassion centers in Brazil are meeting in small groups, with roughly a third doing distance-only ministry and home visits. Local partners are making every effort to provide for the basic needs of beneficiaries, including the delivery of over 519,000 food baskets and almost 359,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have provided medical support to almost 127,000 people.

COVID response in Brazil

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Brazil?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Brazil, 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?

Most centers in Brazil are carrying out activities virtually or with small groups of children and youths. Around 30% of centers are limited to distance-only ministry or home visits. Staff members continue to call and check on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 519,000 food baskets and almost 359,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Brazil

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Every day Rackelly watches her father load heavy feed bags onto his cart – and watches the look of shame on her mother, Renata’s, face because she can’t find work too. The pandemic has robbed many in their community of jobs, and the deep pain Renata feels in not being able to help support her family is visible to all. During COVID-19 she grew increasingly depressed, trapped in her home and not knowing what to do.

But that darkness began to lift the day Rackelly’s Compassion center workers came to visit her at home and let her know that her sponsor had sent a family gift! Staff worked with Renata and her husband to identify the best use for the gift and ultimately decided to help the family purchase a small food cart that she can use to start a business and help support the family!

“In the middle of the pandemic, I received this special gift! I feel so happy and grateful that now I can help my husband,” says Renata. “I want him to work less and enjoy more time with us. I always wanted to set up my business, but I never could. With this food cart, he could sell chips and hot dogs. Over time, I want to sell more and more things. I know that now I will be able to build a better future for my children.”

How can I pray for Brazil?

Pray that God will give medical professionals wisdom and stamina as they care for the many in Brazil with COVID-19. 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 Brazil
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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