COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Nicaragua

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Nicaragua

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

Nicaragua’s ministry of health reported a downward curve of new COVID-19 cases, with official numbers counting 5,170 positive cases and 151 deaths – however, the number of deaths in Nicaragua with COVID-19 symptoms is closer to 2,760, according to a report released on Oct. 9 by a network of doctors and volunteers. There are also increasing rates of malnutrition throughout the country. Nicaragua is reopening for tourism, however, with most airlines planning to restart flights to Managua in October.

Compassion child development centers temporarily are not holding group meetings or activities, but staff members at many centers have begun developing reopening plans. Since the pandemic began, staff members have distributed 150,501 food packs and 79,530 hygiene kits and provided 2,931 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.

COVID response in Nicaragua

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 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?

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 150,501 food packs and 79,530 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Nicaragua

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When COVID-19 hit their community in Nicaragua, Ana and her single mother, Lisseth, found themselves facing homelessness and starvation. Lisseth had long struggled with chronic illnesses but had managed to hold down a job as a nanny. She and Ana, 16, were living with the family she worked for – until the day her employer became fearful of the health risks. Suddenly, Lisseth lost her job and was asked to move out immediately.

As soon as the staff at the local Compassion child development center learned of their situation, help was on the way. “Ana and her mother have become family to this center, so we knew we had to get to work to help them,” says Elisabeth, the director. The center provided monthly food packages, medical assistance, and emotional and spiritual support.

With their immediate needs cared for, Elisabeth next helped them to find a room to live in. Ana and Lisseth no longer have to wonder whether they will have a place to stay for the night or if they will have food on their table.

“I am happy with where we are now, and I know that the Lord is acting in our lives. Amid this pandemic, he has brought us food and filled us with peace,” says Ana.

“Without the center, we would have starved,” says Lisseth. “So, I thank the Lord for his blessings and for giving the center staff a helpful, compassionate heart to help families like ours. I look to the future with new hope in Christ and knowing that we have a place to go to when we find ourselves in need of support.”

How can I pray for Nicaragua?

Pray that God will provide for all the needs of families that have lost their livelihoods. 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 Nicaragua
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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