COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in the Dominican Republic

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in the Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

The Dominican Republic lifted its state of emergency and reopened to international travelers on July 1. Businesses have also begun reopening but with a reduced workforce. Face masks and social distancing are required, and large events and public gatherings are still suspended.

All Compassion child development centers are closed. Staff members are providing physical and emotional support to families, including the delivery of 53,917 food packs and 6,763 hygiene kits, while complying with guidelines. They are also working with local doctors to facilitate telehealth calls with families. Centers are holding online video classes, and some tutors have recorded short video lessons for children to view at home. Partner churches are providing video sermons, online prayer services and counseling by phone.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Dominican Republic’s National Director

Hear from Tony Beltran, National Director of Compassion Dominican Republic, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in the Dominican Republic.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Dominican Republic?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in the Dominican Republic, 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 the Dominican Republic 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 53,917 food packs and 6,763 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

This new normal we are all experiencing has been a challenging process for many. For children living in extreme poverty, the quarantine is an additional challenge on top of the limitations they already face in their daily lives, including a lack of food, places to play, and even love and affection.

Despite the hopelessness that this unprecedented situation could generate, the children in Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in the Dominican Republic remain full of hope and joy.

The foundation that children have built through their time with Compassion is helping them through this season. Amid the pandemic, the center staff ensures that children and their families all over the country have food, connection with their tutors through virtual classes, and medical support if needed.

“I realize how much I love my center and that’s why one of the first things I want to do after social distancing is over is to run to my center and pray together with my friends there,” says Roanni, 18. “And, of course, I will deeply hug my tutor Daisy, who I love so much.”

Ten-year-old Miranda expresses the desires of many of the children when she says, “When we finally don't have to wear gloves and masks, what I want most is to hug and laugh with my little friends again. I really want to go back to school and to the center, and the moment I return, I will write a letter to my sponsor.”

How can I pray for the Dominican Republic?

This month, will you join us in praying for the leaders of the Dominican Republic as they balance the need for people to work with the need to slow the spread of COVID-19? You can also check out Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in the Dominican Republic
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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