Employment was already scarce in the rural community of Tipitapa, Nicaragua, before the pandemic. For the Zapata family, the lockdown means providing for their seven children is far more complicated, particularly because the children no longer receive a meal at school or their temporarily closed Compassion center.
“We stopped going to classes at the Compassion center, and I miss it a lot,” says James, who, along with his brother Johnny, is registered with Compassion. “The center has always been a blessing for us. They gave us food and taught us about the Bible.”
Before the Compassion partner church intervened, the Zapatas faced a terrible decision: Stay home and risk starvation or try to find work and risk contagion. But amid the difficult situation, the center came through for them, providing the nutritional, spiritual and emotional support they desperately need.
“The children are our priority. By doing this, coming to their houses, bringing them food and asking how they’re doing during this quarantine, we are helping them cope and showing them that we care,” says Gleydis Castillo, a tutor at the center. “That is why the assistance we offer hasn’t stopped despite the crisis, because it’s in our hearts to provide them with as much help as we can.”