COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Brazil

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

Brazil has become one of the new epicenters of COVID-19, and cases have now surpassed 1 million. The virus has spread into the Northeast, where most of the country’s poverty exists, and to indigenous territories in the Amazon — all areas with limited medical care. Spikes have also occurred in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The country has announced an extension of national quarantine measures through July 31. All states where Compassion works are currently practicing social isolation. Schools and public gathering locations, such as shopping malls and restaurants, are closed.

Compassion programs are on hold; however, local workers are making every effort to provide for the basic needs of beneficiaries, including the delivery of 97,150 food baskets and 75,573 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have provided medical support to 2,156 people. Partner churches are maintaining phone contact with families and providing Bible stories, video lessons and prayers, as well as care for those struggling mentally and emotionally. They have also launched a child protection campaign on social media and are holding online worship services for youth.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Brazil’s National Director

Hear from Vanessa Viotti, National Director of Compassion Brazil, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Brazil.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Currently, all centers in Brazil are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are working to create virtual programming activity, including videos and livestreams. They continue to call and check in 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 97,150 food baskets and 75,573 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

For hundreds of residents of Bacabal in northeastern Brazil, the challenges of quarantine became even more difficult when they were left homeless after the river that cuts through the city overflowed its banks.

With nowhere to go, families had to move to government shelters and now share space with dozens of other families. Since then, the Compassion-assisted Bom Samaritano Child Development Center has had the challenge of helping families affected by the flooding while also helping them protect themselves against COVID-19.

"We have opened our doors to house some families,” says Josefa, director of the center. “We're trying to do everything we can to help them in this difficult time."

The center has also been working with the local government and health professionals to help educate families on disease prevention and control. They are distributing personal hygiene items, including toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer.

"River water flooded our home, and now I am living with my aunt,” says 7-year-old Vitoria, who attends the center. “The project helped my family with food and soap, and I am happy. I wish I could play in the river, but my grandma says it's not safe."

As the river recedes, the center staff remains committed to help the families repair and return to their homes as quickly and as safely as possible.

How can I pray for Brazil?

This month, will you join us in praying for the health care system in Brazil, that it will be able to withstand the devastation of the coronavirus? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Brazil
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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