COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Colombia

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Colombia

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

Colombia continues to experience widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19. The government has mandated a national quarantine, which has been extended until July 15. Both domestic and international flights have been suspended. Local health specialists believe the country’s infections will peak later this summer. All educational institutions are closed until further notice.

All Compassion center activities are on hold. Partner churches continue to monitor home situations for child protection. They have provided families with vouchers to be used in local markets in areas where they cannot deliver food. Over the past few months they have distributed 141,029 food packs and 104,114 hygiene kits to families and have facilitated medical support for 2,959 individuals. Staff members have also created activity kits for children to do at home, and some centers have held virtual birthday celebrations. Additionally, staff and church partners are working to develop online curriculum lessons and devotionals to be shared with registered children and their families, and they are making daily calls to check in with children and their families.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Colombia’s National Director

Hear from Juan Carlos Castellanos, National Director of Compassion Colombia, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Colombia.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Colombia?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Colombia, 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 Colombia 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 141,029 food packs and 104,114 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

In the city of Cúcuta, on the Colombia-Venezuela border, live thousands of Venezuelan families like Gladys Vasquez’s, who fled their country's economic downward spiral only to find themselves alone in a foreign country and again in desperate need.

As Colombia went into lockdown, Gladys' husband lost his job and their landlord threatened to evict them. By the grace of God, though, Gladys' children attend a child development center run by a Compassion partner church. When staff members heard about the family's plight, they stepped in to help.

"We contacted the house’s owner and paid the month of rent they owed and one more month. Then, I called Gladys to tell her that we wanted to bless her with some food, and we met at the grocery store," says Yuderky Alvarez, the center director.

Immigrant families like Gladys' are particularly vulnerable during crises like this. But because of Compassion, her family will survive.

“I want to thank you for helping me because I am facing a hard situation," says Gladys. "May God reward you. May God bless you today, tomorrow, and forever. Amen."

How can I pray for Colombia?

This month, will you join us in praying for wisdom for the leaders of Colombia as they begin reopening the country? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

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