Last Updated: 07/27/2021
Indonesia currently has the most COVID-19 cases per day of any country in the world, at over 55,000 as of July 17. The infection rate continues to rise at an alarming rate. So far, over 10% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, up from about 5% last month. The government has extended a partial lockdown several times throughout the summer. Schools are closed, stores have limited hours and the capacity of some public places is limited. Masks and social distancing are required, and travel is limited. Indonesians have been deeply affected economically and emotionally by the pandemic and its restrictions, with reports of violence against children dramatically increasing.
The status of Compassion church partners varies widely. While a small number are open for normal program activities, the majority are able only to meet in small groups for limited activities or are ministering only through home visits. Around 25% of centers are limited to making calls to check in on children and their families. Mentors and tutors are bringing food supplies to children’s homes weekly and are helping some families plant gardens at their homes. Since the beginning of the pandemic, staff members have distributed nearly 1.7 million food packs and over 1.1 million hygiene kits and have provided medical support to over 183,500 individuals.