Last Updated: 07/27/2021
The reported average of COVID-19 cases in Guatemala has increased again, to over 2,000 per day as of July 19. This is slightly lower than a week ago, however, when the most cases per day in Guatemala so far were reported. At this time, Guatemala has vaccinated under 4% of its population, up from 2% last month. Guatemala is set to receive around 3 million doses of the vaccine from the United States in an effort to increase the speed of their vaccine rollout. Humanitarian organizations continue their work rebuilding Guatemala after hurricanes Eta and Iota. Clean water remains dangerously hard to find for the poorest communities. To help alleviate the destruction and scarcity, several countries, including the U.S., are sending funding to be used as humanitarian aid and to battle food insecurity.
Compassion child development centers have suspended in-person classes and activities. Staff and volunteers are making home visits to stay in touch with beneficiaries and follow up on their needs. They also provide monthly magazines with program content so children can continue to learn about God and ways they can take care of themselves. Some classes and activities are held virtually. Frontline church partners have delivered nearly 565,000 food packs and 243,000 hygiene kits to children and their families. Additionally, they have facilitated medical support for nearly 25,000 individuals.