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Compassion Ireland

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops around the world, we’re continuing to do everything we can to keep Compassion-supported children, Compassion staff, volunteers and church partners safe. We’re working hard to minimise disruption to critical operations and ensure the children we serve remain known, loved and protected.

 

As our CEO, Justin Dowds, shares in this latest update, we’re deeply grateful for your ongoing support during these challenging times. As we navigate this pandemic, equipping local churches to care for children in poverty has never been more relevant or significant, so thank you.

Compassion around the world

Many 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’s programmes. Please continue to check this page for further updates.

Updated: 5 October 2020

Africa

  • Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda

Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand

Central America and the Caribbean

  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua

South America

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

How is your sponsorship working

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Compassion’s church partners across the globe have been adapting fast. We’ve been making some temporary changes to how your sponsorship donations are used and distributed, ensuring our local church partners can respond quickly to the specific situations and needs in their local communities.

In many of the countries where we work, Compassion is empowering local churches to redeploy sponsorship funds that are ordinarily used for group activities at the local church, so they can meet urgent and critical needs of families with children and young people registered in the programme. This includes necessities such as food, clean water, shelter, clothing, household items, and even medical care and trauma counselling.

 

Please take a few moments to watch this video from Sydney Muisyo, Compassion’s Head of Global Programme to hear more about what this change looks like and how our incredible church partners are adapting.

As some countries see a lifting of restrictions, there are a number of Compassion projects that are gradually re-opening, returning to our traditional project-based programme. You can find details of where this is happening in the country list above.

Compassion IRELAND

In line with government advice all international travel is currently suspended and most of our Irish 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, and our friendly team are available for your queries or if you’d like someone to pray with at this time, with the following changes to normal service:

  • As we have fewer staff available to serve you, we’ve reduced our opening hours to 9:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Please do leave us a voicemail if you need a call back outside these hours.
  • As we have 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.

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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