How has Compassion responded to the pandemic, globally?
Since the global shutdown, Compassion Canada, with its international partners and the local church, has provided urgent care to communities most impacted by the pandemic. Together*, we have:
- Delivered more than 7.1 million food packs
- Given over 4.6 million hygiene kits
- Assisted more than 438,000 individuals to access medical care
- Delivered more than 254,000 cash transfers to families in need
* numbers as of October 23, 2020
All of the countries where we work are striving to slow the spread of the coronavirus through restrictions on public gatherings or quarantines. Below, you can find the most up-to-date reports from those countries, and how the new guidelines are affecting Compassion programming. Learn more about each region where we work by clicking the links below.
There’s so much good news
Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, we are excited to announce that together, we have raised over $1.1 million to provide desperately needed food, housing stability and hygiene supplies to those impacted by COVID-19! We are so thankful for how God is using His people to bring tangible help and hope to those who need it most.
How does Compassion’s program work to prevent disease?
We are grateful to report that staff at Compassion centres around the globe already actively teach children about hygiene and disease prevention — especially hand-washing! As Public Health Canada outlines, this is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other similar viruses.
Access to clean, running water is a key factor in disease prevention. Alongside our local church partners, Compassion is a leader in providing clean water to communities around the world.
How to Pray
We are deeply saddened that within the global Compassion family, children, family members and staff members of local church partners have passed away from COVID-19. Please pray that God would comfort these affected families and communities they grieve.
Please also continue to pray for those who are impacted by this pandemic. Medical professionals predict the worst may be yet to come for the developing world, which is under-resourced for testing and caring for COVID-19 patients. This means that tracking the full impact on Compassion, particularly the children and families we serve, will be increasingly difficult in the weeks and months to come. We are doing our best to keep you informed of the effect this crisis is having on Compassion’s ministry while also continuing to respect the privacy of children, their families and our local church partners. Thank you for your continued understanding, support and prayers.
More than ever, we ask you to pray – read our Global Prayer Guide (updated weekly)