This page reflects updates, reports and initiatives that were in response to the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the pandemic still has an effect on Compassion’s ministry, we are no longer maintaining this level of updates about COVID-19 disaster response and as a result, the information on this page serves only as an archive of information. Our frontline church partners have been able to resume programming that is closer to pre-pandemic times and you can continue reading about the impact of your support and Compassion’s ministry through other posts on our blog. Thank you for your care, prayers and support as we weathered the unprecedented realities of COVID-19. Your partnership has helped write the good news stories captured on this page.

[This page was last updated December 2021]

All of the countries where we work are striving to slow the spread of the coronavirus through restrictions on public gatherings and other public health measures. Below, you can find the most up-to-date reports from those countries, and how the new guidelines are affecting Compassion programming. Please continue to check back to this page for further updates.

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See videos from Asia Region National Directors and other Compassion staff below.

Asia Region: Updates

[Update as of December 21, 2021]

The economies of East Asia and the Pacific have begun to bounce back after the severe economic shock caused by COVID-19, but the recovery has been uneven. Poverty in the region stopped declining for the first time in 20 years. The World Bank said as many as 38 million more people could fall below the poverty line, including 33 million who would have escaped poverty if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t happened.

Bangladesh

In Bangladesh:

  • 491,280 food packs have been delivered
  • 523,273 hygiene kits have been delivered
  • 21,021 individuals have received medical care

Letters and gifts are currently delayed in Bangladesh.

Indonesia/East Indonesia

In Indonesia:

  • 1,951,562 food packs have been delivered
  • 1,299,301 hygiene kits have been delivered
  • 230,280 individuals have received medical care

Letters are currently delayed and gifts are currently normal in Indonesia.

Philippines

In the Philippines:

  • 1,556,484 food packs have been delivered
  • 888,478 hygiene kits have been delivered
  • 197,244 individuals have received medical care

Letters are currently delayed and gifts are currently normal in the Philippines.

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka:

  • 191,027 food packs have been delivered
  • 78,923 hygiene kits have been delivered
  • 2,736 individuals have received medical care

Letters and gifts are currently delayed in Sri Lanka.

Thailand

In Thailand:

  • 205,748 food packs have been delivered
  • 86,434 hygiene kits have been delivered
  • 4,799 individuals have received medical care

Letters and gifts are currently normal in Thailand.

Video updates from National Directors and Compassion Staff in Asia

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Written by: Compassion Canada