COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Kenya

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

The number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing in Kenya, threatening to overburden the health care system. The country has begun a phased reopening, including resuming domestic flights on July 15 and international flights on Aug. 1. Additionally, places of worship began a phased reopening on July 6, allowing up to 100 people to attend in-person services. Social distancing measures have been implemented, and schools remain closed. A curfew remains in effect from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

All Compassion group activities, including weekly child programs, caregiver meetings and group trainings, are on hold. Compassion Kenya is providing the centers with information about prevention of the coronavirus and how to respond if children are affected. Food security is an increasing challenge, as many households struggle to buy groceries. We are grateful to report that staff members have delivered 11,523 food packs to vulnerable children and their families. Frontline church partners are continuing child protection measures and health care support as needed.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Kenya’s National Director

Hear from Joel Macharia, National Director of Compassion Kenya, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Kenya.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Kenya?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Kenya, 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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Kenya are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 11,523 food packs to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

When a pandemic strikes, the effects ripple across the planet. One of the more devastating realities is that those with life-threatening diseases unrelated to COVID-19 are not able to receive medical care, due to strict lockdowns and overburdened medical facilities.

That was the reality 16-year-old Kiptoo faced. In March, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Each day, though, the restrictions in Kiptoo’s community grew tighter. How would he get the surgery and radiation therapy he needed to save his life?

Staff members at the Compassion center Kiptoo attends immediately went into action. They arranged transportation to the hospital and covered the mounting medical bills. Today, Kiptoo is recovering from brain surgery, and each day he grows stronger.

“I also have dreams for Kiptoo,” says Juliet, his mother. “I pray that God heals him. I wouldn’t know how my life would be without him."

Kiptoo is one of over 800 children in Compassion's program in Kenya who are accessing much-needed treatment for chronic conditions amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite the pandemic, Compassion's church partners are ensuring children still receive the love, care and support they need.

How can I pray for Kenya?

This month, will you join us in praying for the medical system in Kenya, as they seek to recruit 5,000 additional health care workers to support the country’s response to the pandemic? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Kenya
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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