COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Haiti

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Haiti

Last Updated: 02/12/2021

Haiti has reported 2,333 active cases of COVID-19 and 245 related deaths as of Feb. 4, although health care workers warn that the true numbers could be much higher. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set Haiti’s COVID-19 status at Level 4, indicating a “very high” instance of infection. Clinics and hospitals were strained even before the pandemic, as many Haitians need care for chronic health problems such as malnourishment, diabetes and hypertension. Schools are open and no curfew is in place, but the government has called for people to wear face masks in public areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Compassion child development centers throughout the country have resumed normal on-site activities. They are following strict protocols to keep children and youth safe from the coronavirus. Partner church workers have been able to deliver well over 162,000 food packs and 92,000 hygiene kits and have provided medical assistance to nearly 12,800 people.

COVID response in Haiti

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Haiti?

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

All centers in Haiti have reopened and resumed normal program activities. Staff members carefully clean and sanitize the centers, and many centers with limited classroom space have children attending in shifts so they can maintain proper social distancing. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute well over 162,000 food packs and 92,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Haiti

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Ten-year-old Jonas has grown up knowing the daily struggle of finding clean water. His town in Haiti lacks public services and basic infrastructure. The community is extremely vulnerable, exposed to inadequate hygiene and sanitation. These conditions cause a multitude of health risks that exacerbate the suffering of those already living in poverty.

One of the community's greatest needs has always been accessing clean water. The lack of proper hygiene and running water has exposed the community to many health problems, including waterborne diseases, sickness and dehydration.

Jonas is registered at the Child Sponsorship Program at the local Compassion center. As the staff of the center witnessed the impact of the lack of clean water, both in the lives of the children and the entire community, they sought funding for a water treatment center.

After the request was received by Compassion, the approval came through quickly, promising wide-scale change in the community. The new water treatment facility had immediate effects throughout the region. Finally, families had access to good quality water at a very affordable price, far cheaper than bottled water, which many had been previously forced to rely on.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the presence of this water distribution station has been a blessing throughout the community. Many give glory to God for his timing; hundreds of families have been able to access safe drinking water while adhering to national health guidelines for COVID-19.

Jonas is finally free from the daily burden of wondering whether his family would have enough water that day. "Before, we had to walk a long way before we could find some water to drink or wash," says Jonas. "Now, it's a lot easier!"

How can I pray for Haiti?

Pray that God will heal people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and health care providers will have the resources they need to remain safe and successfully treat patients. 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 Haiti
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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