Last Updated: 19/01/2021

Haiti has reported 10,015 cases of COVID-19 and at least 236 related deaths as of Jan. 1, although health care workers warn that the numbers could be much higher. Many Haitians have a deep distrust of government and public health authorities and prefer to self-treat at home. Clinics and hospitals were strained even before the pandemic, as many Haitians need care for chronic health problems such as malnourishment, diabetes and hypertension. The government has lifted the curfew but continues to require mask wearing in public areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Compassion child development centers throughout the country have resumed normal on-site activities. They are following strict protocols to keep children and youth safe from the coronavirus. Partner church workers have been able to deliver over 162,000 food packs and 92,000 hygiene kits and have provided medical assistance to 12,700 people.

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Haiti?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Haiti, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

All centers in Haiti have reopened and resumed normal program activities. Staff members carefully clean and sanitize the centers, and many centers with limited classroom space have children attending in shifts so they can maintain proper social distancing. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 162,000 food packs and 92,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

The majority of letters are delayed in Haiti, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

Are Gifts Being Delivered?

Gifts continue to be distributed in Haiti. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver, if necessary. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will be notified whether a gift has been designated as a child gift or family gift. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognizing that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

Story From the Field

Church staff working to support Compassion children in Haiti know that groceries and hygiene kits are just one part of caring for kids and their families. With churches and schools closed, they decided to bring educational activities for children to use in their homes.

One of their ways to encourage children during the pandemic is to help them explore fun activities and hobbies they can do at home.

For example, Sophie is 8 years old and really likes to read. Through a book distribution program, Sophie receives new books every week from the child development center. After reading the books, she summarizes them before giving them back.

"I like to read new stories,” says Sophie. “The center shared some very interesting books with me.”

Child development workers are also encouraging physical activities. For 5-year-old Dany, that means riding his bicycle, which he does for hours every day.

“I miss my school and friends, but I do have fun at home too. Riding bike is my favorite hobby,” says Dany.

Throughout Haiti, children are finding joy in learning new skills and developing hobbies while they stay at home.

How can I pray for Haiti?

Pray that God will give frontline workers all the love, understanding, patience and resources they need to care for and support the children and families in their communities

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