COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in El Salvador

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in El Salvador

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

El Salvador has postponed the second phase of the economy’s reopening to July 21 as coronavirus infections continue to rise. All educational activities are suspended, and Compassion programming is on hold. In June, the country was hit by Tropical Storm Amanda, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands homeless in areas already deeply affected by the coronavirus.

Compassion partner churches are supporting vulnerable families with food and available medicine and developing online tutoring materials so children can continue learning from home. To date, Compassion El Salvador has been able to distribute 91,305 food packs and 49,664 hygiene kits and to provide medical support to 8,756 individuals. They are also providing resources to help families plant home gardens. Compassion El Salvador has shared uplifting messages and public health information for entire communities through local radio. Some center staff members have been able to arrange small, virtual birthday celebrations for children.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion El Salvador’s National Director

Hear from Brenda Lisette Rivas, National Director of Compassion El Salvador, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in El Salvador.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in El Salvador?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in El Salvador, 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 El Salvador are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities 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 91,305 food packs and 49,664 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

Imagine the devastation of losing your home in a fire. Now add to that a pandemic, and you get a glimpse of the crisis 8-year-old Omar and his family recently faced.

While the family was thankfully safe, they lost everything in the house fire. Omar’s dad had already lost his job because of quarantine restrictions, and now they had no resources to rebuild or even replace the clothes, food and other items they had lost.

News of the fire quickly spread to Erick Ordoñez, director of the Compassion-assisted child development center Omar attends.

Less than two hours after the fire, Erick called to assure the family that the Compassion partner church would replace their important household items, provide food baskets and rebuild their house. The very next day, a delivery truck brought an abundance of essential supplies.

“I thank God for touching the heart of the center volunteers, who gave us immediate assistance, delivering to us a kitchen, bunk bed, mattresses, metal sheets, structural metal framework, bolts, and food baskets,” says Omar’s mom, Lorena.

“We thank our donors because without their help we could not help the children. Each sponsor is giving life to the children because they transform their lives," Erick says. "In Omar's case, the way that his family got out of this vulnerable situation is something that he is going to remember all his life.”

How can I pray for El Salvador?

This month, will you join us in praying for those affected by tropical storms in this time? Pray for safety, as communities will inevitably be evacuated because of the storms. You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

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