COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Kenya

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

Kenya’s COVID-19 cases have risen to an average of 572 per day as of July 16, compared to 280 in June. The country has administered 1.6 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, enough to fully inoculate 1.5% of its 54.8 million people. Unfortunately, Kenya’s vaccination program has been slowed due to the country’s lack of doses. The country remains in the process of obtaining more. Kenya has reinstituted a lockdown in the 13 counties with the most new cases. A curfew is in place, nonessential markets are closed, and gatherings are banned, including religious events.

The majority of child development centers have resumed limited meetings; these are commonly small groups of children in homes and/or small groups of youths at the centers. The remaining few are closed for safety, and staff members there continue to make home visits and phone calls to check on families. Church partners are working to provide psychological support to help the children and families who are experiencing anxiety caused by the pandemic. We are grateful to report that staff members have distributed over 284,500 food packs and nearly 72,000 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to almost 83,000 individuals.

COVID response in Kenya

A Message From National Staff

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 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?

The majority of centers in Kenya have restarted programming and are welcoming small groups of children and youths in shifts for classes and activities, either in homes, in villages or at the centers. Staff members also continue to make phone calls and conduct home visits. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 284,500 food packs and nearly 72,000 hygiene kits to children and their families.

COVID response in Kenya

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Eighth-grader Mitchele is supposed to be sitting for her final primary school exams later in the year. But with schools closed for months, she has no idea what is next for her or her classmates. “The uncertainty of what is going to happen to their education has been very stressful on many of the children at the project,” says Ken, the social worker at Mitchele’s Compassion center. “But we call them and also encourage them as much as we can.”

Mitchele’s dream of becoming a teacher in the future may seem like it’s currently on hold but she remains optimistic.

“I am confident and believe that God is in control. The project staff have been very helpful in encouraging us that everything will work for our good," she says. "I try to study and revise every day. The project has also allowed us to borrow books from the library, which is very helpful."

How can I pray for Kenya?

Please pray for parents as they search for new jobs to be able to support their families. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

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