COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Mexico

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

Mexico’s COVID-related death toll is extremely high, at 204,399, even with the low rate of testing. In March, Mexico released data that could increase that number by 60%. The country reported 3,409 new cases of COVID-19 on average each day in early April. As of April 6, the country had administered enough doses to fully vaccinate about 3.6% of its 128.6 million people. Indigenous communities that distrust the government have refused vaccination. Health authorities have called for citizens to stay home as much as possible, follow social distancing guidelines, employ frequent hand hygiene and wear masks in public. Schools are closed in nearly all Mexican states. Curfew restrictions vary based on the region.

The majority of Compassion child development centers are making calls and home visits to check in on children and their families; about 20% have begun meeting in small groups. All frontline church partners have received flyers on disease prevention and treatment that they can print and distribute in their communities. Staff members have been able to distribute over 360,000 food packs and 183,600 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to nearly 36,000 individuals.

COVID response in Mexico

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Mexico?

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

Nearly all centers in Mexico are temporarily closed, though some are able to hold small group activities. Staff members continue to call and visit at home. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 360,000 food packs and 183,600 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Mexico

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During the long first months of the pandemic, Compassion partner churches across Mexico rushed to set up food pantries and provide groceries and supplies to families. But as quarantines and lockdowns and infections spread, they knew they would need to help families come up with long-term support.

Now, many Compassion centers are giving seeds and chickens to beneficiaries’ families to cultivate and raise in their backyards for their own consumption or for trade. One center in Puebla set an example by building their own garden at the church. It is a place where they teach parents the skills they need to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

About 40 families have been involved in the process, growing coriander, carrots, zucchini, onions, chard and tomatoes. Thirteen-year-old Mayra’s family received seeds to plant a home garden, which helped her parents, Dionisia and Martin, immensely. Their economic situation had been harsh because their work is not stable, and the situation worsened with the pandemic.

“In the time of coffee harvest, they pay us depending on how much grain we cut. In a hard day of work, I get to cut 80 to 100 kilos of coffee grains and I can earn around $10.05 USD,” Dionisia says. After planting their home garden, she says, “I feel very happy with all the support and trainings the center has provided us to make this come true.”

Leaving behind 2020, a year full of unexpected surprises, losses and changes, Compassion Mexico will continue to support church partners facing challenges with hope for the future.

How can I pray for Mexico?

Pray that frontline church partners will bring the light of the gospel, as well as physical relief, to all the needy in their communities. 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 Mexico
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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