COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Ecuador

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Ecuador

Last Updated: 06/24/2020

Ecuador has confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in all 24 provinces. The majority of confirmed cases have been in Guayaquil, though Quito faced a surge in May, with the city’s government stating on May 14 that more than 80% of the 164 intensive care beds in Quito’s public hospitals were occupied. Beginning May 12, restrictions began to be eased in Ecuador, with workforces beginning a phased reopening and some travel restrictions being lifted. Curfews are still in place, and masks and social distancing are encouraged. Testing remains extremely limited, however, and death tolls indicate that the number of positive cases is higher than reported.

All Compassion frontline church partners and Compassion centers are closed to group activities. Church staff members continue to provide emotional and spiritual support by making regular phone calls to families. They have been able to deliver 109,257 food packs and 9,887 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to 1,628 individuals since the pandemic began, including helping families access telehealth services. Some partner churches have been able to hold online worship services and prayer meetings.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Ecuador’s National Director

Hear from Sixto Gamboa, National Director of Compassion Ecuador, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Ecuador.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Ecuador?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Ecuador, 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?

At this point, all centers in Ecuador are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking 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 109,257 food packs and 9,887 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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Seven-year-old James doesn’t understand much about the pandemic — but he knows that there isn’t as much food at home anymore. Both of James’ parents lost their jobs and don’t know when they will find work again.

When James’ father, Luis, found work delivering food for a local restaurant, James worried about his daddy.

"I am afraid that my dad will go out and can catch the virus," he said.

It’s a valid fear. That’s why workers at the Compassion-assisted child development center James attends are working so hard to educate children and parents about disease prevention and hygiene. They have supplied families through the city with soap, laundry detergent, cleaners, disinfectant, hand sanitizer and masks.

"It is a great blessing to be able to receive the cleaning and disinfection items so we feel more secure. We are deeply grateful to the church," says Carmen, James' mother.

How can I pray for Ecuador?

This month, will you join us in praying for the health care workers who struggle to work with few resources? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

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