COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Nicaragua

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Nicaragua

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

Accurate figures related to the coronavirus in Nicaragua are difficult to come by, and medical professionals indicate that cases and deaths may be underreported. The Nicaraguan government has not imposed any domestic travel restrictions or national quarantine policies, but the country is under an epidemiological alert and has put some preventive measures in place.

Early in the pandemic, Compassion Nicaragua staff participated in a World Health Organization orientation about prevention of virus spread. Child development centers temporarily are not holding group meetings or activities. Since the pandemic began, staff members have distributed 55,147 food packs and 32,888 hygiene kits and provided 1,170 individuals with medical support. Some church partners have been able to provide spiritual content through videos and messaging apps. Staff members have also been able to arrange for telehealth for children who need medical care. Tutors check in regularly with the children, sending them encouraging messages.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Nicaragua’s National Director

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

Recorded: 04/30/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Nicaragua?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Nicaragua, 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 Nicaragua 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 55,147 food packs and 32,888 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

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.”

How can I pray for Nicaragua?

This month, will you join us in praying that the people of Nicaragua will have access to testing for the virus and medical care? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

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