COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Ecuador

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Ecuador

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

Ecuador’s health system is severely strained by a spike in coronavirus infections approaching its peak of last year. The country reported an average of 1,664 new daily infections in the week prior to April 6. As of that date, Ecuador had administered enough doses to fully vaccinate 0.8% of its 16.9 million people. Indigenous groups have been hit hard by the virus; many who live in remote areas have little access to testing or hospitals. The commerce, industry, tourism, transport and health sectors in Ecuador have been badly affected by the economic slowdown, and experts believe a surge in lost jobs will push many families into extreme poverty. Young women and low-skilled workers are particularly vulnerable, as many of them have lost their jobs.

Nearly all Compassion centers are closed to on-site activities, though a few are able to welcome small groups of children and youths. Church staff members continue to provide emotional and spiritual support by making regular phone calls to families and visiting homes where it is possible. Center workers have been able to deliver over 707,000 food packs and 241,000 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to more than 20,000 individuals since the pandemic began.

COVID response in Ecuador

A Message From National Staff

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 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?

Nearly all centers in Ecuador are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. A small number can hold meetings with small groups of beneficiaries. Depending on the region, staff members are either making home visits to families and children or connecting through phone and video calls. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 639,000 food packs and 208,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Ecuador

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Ashley jumped as she heard the loud knock at the door. She craned her neck to see who it was, filled with curiosity. They weren't expecting visitors, especially during the pandemic. When Ashley had woken that morning, she knew the likelihood of visitors was very low despite it being her ninth birthday.

"At first, I felt sad because I thought my birthday was going to be lonely and boring," says Ashley. "But then I decided not to be sad — I was going to celebrate it with my family!" Ashley always loves to celebrate her birthday with her family, friends, cousins and classmates, but due to COVID-19 social distancing, this year had to be different.

Ashley's parents face the constant battle of poverty, meaning birthday presents or cakes aren’t a part of their family birthday activities. But as Ashley's mother opened the door the afternoon of her daughter’s birthday, she gasped with surprise.

"I heard the door and I went running to see who it was and I saw my tutor holding a birthday cake!" Ashley exclaims. "I couldn't believe it!" Together, family and friends laughed, sang and shared cake, giving Ashley a memory that she will never forget.

"The pandemic does not scare me because I am sure that God will fulfill my dreams," continues Ashley. "And now, on my birthday, I want to thank God for giving me health and life, and I also thank Jesus for giving me a family that loves me very much."

How can I pray for Ecuador?

Pray for God to protect children and families from the pandemic and to provide for all their needs. Pray also for frontline church partners as they serve children and families in new and creative ways. 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 Ecuador
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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