COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Guatemala

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Guatemala

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.

COVID response in Guatemala

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Guatemala?

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

At this point, all centers in Guatemala are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still visiting, calling and checking on families virtually. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute nearly 565,000 food packs and 243,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Guatemala

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As the number of COVID-19 cases in Guatemala slowly rose, Yonatan, a 25-year-old Compassion graduate in Guatemala, felt helpless. As a student at the Compassion center he had been able to take tailoring classes, and before the pandemic he made his living making school uniforms. But with schools closed, he felt uncertain and restless.

That’s when he shifted to making microfiber masks for the people in his community. There, as panic about the pandemic rose, shops were quickly running out of medical supplies, including masks. Yonatan set to work, even teaching other students at the Compassion center where he had graduated how to sew masks to give to their family and friends.

“The face masks may reduce just a little percentage of COVID-19,” says Yonatan. “The highest prevention is being careful, following the rules, staying at home, taking it easy and trusting in our Lord. He has everything under control even when we think it is not so. God will always take care of his sons and daughters.”

How can I pray for Guatemala?

Pray for the continued rebuilding in Guatemala, specifically for new wells to be constructed to increase access to safe water. 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 Guatemala
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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