COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Colombia

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Colombia

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

Average cases in Colombia have been decreasing for the past 3 weeks, with the country now reporting 17,900 cases per day as of July 19. This is down from 27,000 in early June. Also as of July 19, Colombia has fully inoculated over 23% of its 9.1 million people, up from 11% reported on June 7. COVID restrictions are being phased out. The country is hoping to reopen schools in person near the end of July and is allowing fairly normal operations in stores and restaurants. As a reason for this early change, government leaders have cited increased poverty related to the pandemic and six weeks of deadly protests.

A few Compassion centers have reopened for small groups to gather while practicing COVID-19 safety measures, but the majority remain closed. Staff members have created online curriculum lessons and devotionals. Partner churches continue to monitor home situations for child protection and monitor families that are quarantined or have tested positive for COVID-19. Since April 2020, they have distributed almost 895,000 food packs and over 373,000 hygiene kits to families and have facilitated medical support for nearly 21,000 individuals.

COVID response in Colombia

A Message From National Staff

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 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?

A few Compassion centers have reopened for small groups to gather while practicing COVID-19 safety measures, but the majority remain closed. Staff members are interacting with children and youths through online activities, including videos and livestreams. They continue to call and check on families and make home visits. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute almost 895,000 food packs and over 373,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Colombia

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Across the country of Colombia, Compassion staff have been working hard to make sure every child in their care feels known, loved and protected. In some communities, that has meant bringing food and hygiene kits where supplies are no longer available or affordable.

In other, more urban areas, centers have used local radio stations to bring lessons into the homes of children. Each month, these centers deliver kits including coloring books and curriculum lessons to go along with bags of groceries. And all along, they have covered children in prayer and visited, called and created social media groups to help children feel connected.

“In this pandemic, God has forged my character, and my family ties have been strengthened,” says Juan David, a 19-year-old Compassion student. “Although other institutions closed their doors due to the pandemic, the church did not. Their support continued through virtual classes and meetings. My sincere thanks to the church and Compassion for all the help they have given me during this pandemic.”

How can I pray for Colombia?

Pray for safety and health for children and teachers as they prepare to return to school. 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 Colombia
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