COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Rwanda

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Rwanda

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

Rwanda is recording peak numbers in daily average COVID cases, with 983 per day as of July 15, up from just 35 in late May. So far, enough COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to vaccinate over 2% of its 12.7 million people. Due to the huge increase in cases, Rwanda’s government has sent the country back into lockdown, which includes only allowing essential travel, closing businesses that don’t provide essential services and shutting down schools and offices.

Child development centers in Rwanda are open for normal program activities but are working to comply with local COVID-19 prevention guidelines, meaning in many centers they meet in shifts or outdoors. They have been able to deliver over 88,500 food packs and 786,000 hygiene kits to children and families. Additionally, they have helped over 62,000 individuals obtain medical support.

COVID response in Rwanda

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Rwanda?

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

Centers in Rwanda have reopened for limited numbers of children and youths at a time and are complying with local guidelines and appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures. Staff members continue to make home visits and phone calls to children and caregivers. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 88,500 food packs and 786,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Rwanda

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Although Brenda missed playing with her friends at the project because of the challenges that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, she says that she also missed the lessons about the spiritual and socio-emotional aspects she received during the Saturday program at the Compassion center. That’s why the 11-year-old was so excited when the project director visited her at home to tell her about a drama series called 'Ikirezi' that is airing on the radio.

The Compassion Rwanda office came up with the initiative of airing some of the lessons from the Compassion curriculum on national radio in form of a drama series. The drama series was named "Ikirezi," which can be loosely translated as a precious pearl. Brenda is one of the thousands of children who have not missed any of the nine episodes that have aired. The 15 minute series uses stories to help children and youth learn from the Compassion child development curriculum.

“We are grateful to Compassion and the project staff for always finding ways to improve the livelihood of our children. I also want to thank my daughter’s sponsor for always thinking about our family and we are grateful for the family gifts he sends us,” says Ruth, Brenda’s mother.

How can I pray for Rwanda?

Please pray for the staff at Compassion centers across Rwanda as they balance keeping children safe with helping them feel known, loved and protected. 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 Rwanda
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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