17Mar

ARTICLE AUTHOR:
Sarah Sullivan

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

 

As  the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops around the world, we want to be  proactive in ensuring protection for all Compassion staff, volunteers, partners and beneficiaries, and  minimise  disruption  to critical operations and the children that we serve.

In line with government advice and updates from The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade all international travel is currently suspended and our team are now working from home. We remain committed to serving our supporters with excellence and are doing all we can to minimise any impact on the service you receive from Compassion Ireland.

We’re still open for phone, email, and chat, but as we have a reduced capacity to open post we ask that you write to your sponsored children through myCompassion for the moment. Thank you for your patience at this complex time.

We are continuing to closely monitor the safety of the children we support, and our team in both Ireland and around the world will alert any supporters to relevant information relating to children they support as appropriate. Currently, we do not have any reports of Compassion-assisted children diagnosed with COVID-19.

Our frontline church partners are responding to government restrictions on movement and gatherings, and many of our projects have fully or partially suspended their programmes. Below, you can find the most up-to-date reports from those countries, and how local guidelines are affecting Compassion programming. Please continue to check this page for further updates.

Our staff and project teams in country are doing all they can to support beneficiaries and communities. Where possible, alternate programming may be offered in the form of home visits, phone calls and smaller gatherings.

Projects offering limited program activity

  • Bangladesh;
  • Bolivia;
  • Brazil;
  • Burkina Faso;
  • Colombia;
  • Ecuador;
  • El Salvador;
  • Ethiopia;
  • Ghana;
  • Guatemala;
  • Haiti;
  • Honduras;
  • Indonesia;
  • Kenya;
  • Mexico;
  • Nicaragua;
  • Philippines;
  • Rwanda;
  • Sri Lanka;
  • Tanzania;
  • Thailand;
  • Togo.

Projects fully closed owing to government restrictions

  • Dominican Republic;
  • Peru;
  • Uganda.

Impacts on your sponsorship

In many of our field countries, these restrictions will mean delays or interruptions to areas of your sponsorship including letters, gifts, and photo updates from your sponsored child. Thank you so much for bearing with us during this unusual time.

Please join us in continuing to pray for protection for those affected and wisdom for those making decisions – our governments and health experts around the world - as they look to contain the spread of this virus.


“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2


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