COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Brazil

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

With more than 13 million people having been infected, Brazil is the Latin American country most affected by the pandemic. Although Brazil has less than 3% of the world’s people, it is experiencing nearly one-third of the daily global deaths from COVID-19. Intensive care units in 25 of the 27 states are over 80% capacity, and several countries have shut their borders with Brazil to try to stop the virus from spreading. As of April 6, Brazil had administered enough doses to fully vaccinate about 5.2% of its 211.7 million people. Millions of Brazilians are unemployed, and there is concern over a mounting financial crisis.

Only a handful of child development centers are open for normal activities. Most can only carry out activities virtually or with small groups of children and youths. Local partners are making every effort to provide for the basic needs of beneficiaries, including the delivery of more than 401,000 food baskets and 293,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, they have provided medical support to over 24,000 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?

Centers in Brazil have begun a phased reopening. Most are carrying out activities virtually or with small groups of children and youths. Staff members 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 more than 401,000 food baskets and 293,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Brazil

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Although some Compassion centers in Brazil have reopened, some are in high-risk communities and must wait to open their doors. Children still at home battle boredom and fear, and Compassion staff are ministering proactively to these families.

One particular Compassion center came up with a creative idea to help families and give kids a fun activity: growing a home garden. The goal is to help families produce fruits and vegetables in their backyards to have a healthy diet and also to be able to sell for income.

“The children received the idea with great joy, curiosity and enthusiasm. In addition to helping the family's income, we hope to introduce healthy foods into each child's daily diet,” says Laura, a center volunteer.

More than 140 families have been gifted with orange, lemon, banana and other Brazilian fruit seedlings and seeds of vegetables, such as coriander, lettuce, cabbage, green onions, tomatoes and peppers.

“During the pandemic, I really like helping my mother at home. So it was a lot of fun to learn how to take good care of the plants in the vegetable garden. I hope to see them grow very quickly,” says 8-year-old Ivamberto, a Compassion-assisted child.

“It was so nice to receive the seeds. They are beautiful. I hope my tree will be very green and big, so I have to give it water and let it rest in the sun. I love nature, especially the birds,” says another Compassion-assisted child, 6-year-old Débora.

How can I pray for Brazil?

Please ask God to stop the spread of COVID-19 and new variants of the coronavirus. Pray for stamina, safety and wisdom for medical workers as they treat patients. 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 COVID-19 Relief Fund
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