COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Mexico

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

Mexico has registered more than 84,000 COVID-19-related fatalities, including more than 1,700 health care workers. Health care professionals account for about 15% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mexico. The pandemic has severely affected the economy, pushing it into the deepest recession it has seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The World Health Organization says that Mexico’s low testing rate means the pandemic is “clearly underrecognized” in Mexico.

In-person group activities are on hold at all Compassion child development centers, but about 82% of the centers are having virtual activities. Some tutors have been able to record lessons that they are sending to beneficiaries so they can learn from home. All frontline church partners have received flyers on disease prevention and treatment that they can print and distribute in their communities. Most centers are distributing food to the families of vulnerable children and responding to any emergencies. Staff members have been able to distribute 190,936 food packs and 110,833 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to 5,502 individuals.

COVID response in Mexico

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. Watch this video for a detailed explanation of how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion centers and how local partners are caring for each registered child during this season.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Currently, all centers in Mexico are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are working to create virtual programming activity, including videos and livestreams. They continue to call and check 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 190,936 food packs and 110,833 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Mexico

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Six-year-old Alma has been registered in Compassion's program and supported by her local church-based center in Mexico since 2019. "Attending the center has had such a positive impact on my little girl," her mother, Martha, says. But she had no idea how much her family would rely on the center's support in 2020.

The family was living with Alma's grandfather while they saved money to build a home of their own. However, in March 2020, he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Martha stopped working to care for him with her brother. Days later, Alma's father, Luis, lost his job due to the pandemic, leaving the family without any income.

Devastatingly, Alma's grandfather passed away. The family was forced to move out of his house, as it now belonged to Martha's sister. They moved into a small, unfinished wooden structure.

Soon afterward, a storm swept through their community, battering the tiny house with heavy rain, wind and hail. "It was a horrible experience. Almost the whole roof came off. Thanks to God, we found a small corner which still kept a small part of the roof to protect ourselves," says Luis.

The family was shattered when they saw the extent of their losses. Heavy rain had turned their dirt floor into mud, destroying many of their essential belongings.

Just days later, Alma’s Compassion center blessed the family by providing aluminum sheets for a new roof, two new mattresses, a set of bedsheets and a full-size stove.

"We couldn't believe it when the director mentioned all the items they were giving us. Who would give you support like that?" says Luis. Amid the tumultuous challenges 2020 has brought, Compassion's church partner has remained by the family's side.

"I can't believe how we went through so much in just three months," says Martha. "Nevertheless, God didn't leave us and rewarded us with unexpected blessings through Compassion."

How can I pray for Mexico?

Pray for staff members as they navigate how best to minister to children who feel afraid and alone in the midst of the pandemic. 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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