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Sarah Sullivan

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops around the world, we are continuing 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.

Compassion around the world

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it feels like there is something new for each of us to adapt to every day. And Compassion’s frontline church partners across the globe are adapting too.

During this pandemic we’re making some temporary changes to how your donations are used and distributed; this means we can respond with context-specific solutions.

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 youth 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.

You can also read more about how Compassion is supporting children at this time on our blog COVID-19 and your sponsored child: Your 10 questions answered.

We have now seen confirmed cases of COVID-19 in several of our field countries among Compassion-supported children, their caregivers or family members, or staff of our partner churches. To protect the privacy and dignity of the children and their families, we won’t be providing specific information here about their health status, but a general update on confirmed cases is included in the entry below for each country.

Below, you can find the most up-to-date reports from our field countries, and how local guidelines are affecting Compassion’s programming. Please continue to check this page for further updates.

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

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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