Last Updated: 07/09/2020
As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, Guatemala remains on lockdown. Many in the country have lost their jobs, and malnutrition is on the rise amid food shortages and increased prices. A curfew is in place from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., and large public events and gatherings are prohibited. Closed are schools, churches, sports activities, shopping malls, restaurants, and public and private organizations, except for pharmacies and hospitals. All individuals must wear masks in public spaces.
As a result, all Compassion child development centers are closed. Frontline church partners have worked within curfew guidelines to deliver 139,190 food packs and 41,560 hygiene kits to children and their families. Additionally, they have facilitated medical support for 1,842 individuals. Staff members continue to reach out to children and their families through weekly phone calls, and often pray with caregivers and children during these times. They have also distributed art kits and children’s magazines.