COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Haiti

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Haiti

Last Updated: 06/17/2021

Reports from early June show that Haiti is seeing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, with many hospitals filled to capacity. Officially, the country has seen almost 16,000 cases and 333 related deaths. This number could be much higher, however, because of low testing rates and widespread dismissal of the virus in Haiti. Haiti has not started a vaccination campaign as of June 7 but may be receiving several hundred thousand doses in the next month. Many Haitians are also skeptical of the vaccine, which creates another barrier. The violence in Haiti continues to escalate, with some hospitals considering shutting down because the danger is too great. Kidnappings are rampant, with gangs becoming increasingly bold as the local police lack resources to respond. Masks are required by the government, but large, unmasked events continue to be held.

Compassion child development centers throughout the country have resumed normal on-site activities. They are following strict protocols to keep children and youths safe from the coronavirus. Many centers are working closely with students who are preparing for final evaluations, offering tutoring for those struggling from a difficult, disrupted school year. Partner church workers have been able to deliver over 162,600 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 162,600 food packs and 92,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Haiti

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Eight-year-old Anne has grown up knowing the daily struggle of finding clean water. Her 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. And all of that was before the pandemic!

Just months before the pandemic made its way to Haiti, the Compassion center Anne attended was able to put in a water treatment center that the entire community would have access to. There was no way they could know what a life-changing gift that would be when COVID-19 arrived, allowing families to keep their homes clean and wash their hands frequently.

“I can help my mom around the house more easily now by fetching water not too far from our house,” says Anne. “And I can wash my hands like they teach us at the center.”

How can I pray for Haiti?

Pray for a spirit of peace and wisdom for those in Haiti as they battle disregard for safety guidelines and deal with violence throughout the country. 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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