Last Updated: 24/09/2020

Mexico has registered more than 71,000 COVID-19 related fatalities, the fourth-highest number of deaths behind the U.S., Brazil and India. The pandemic has severely affected the economy, pushing it into the deepest recession it has seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The World Health Organization says that Mexico’s low testing rate means the pandemic is “clearly underrecognized” in Mexico.

In-person group activities are on hold at all Compassion child development centers, but about 82% of the centers are having virtual activities. Some tutors have been able to record lessons that they are sending to beneficiaries so they can learn from home. All frontline church partners have received flyers on disease prevention and treatment that they can print and distribute in their communities. Most centers are distributing food to the families of vulnerable children and responding to any emergencies. Staff members have been able to distribute 190,936 food packs and 110,833 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to 5,502 individuals.

A Message From Compassion Mexico’s National Director

Hear from Omar Villagran, National Director of Compassion Mexico, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Mexico.

Updated: 20/08/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Mexico?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Mexico, 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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Currently, all centers in Mexico are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are working to create virtual programming activity, including videos and livestreams. They continue to call and check in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 190,936 food packs and 110,833 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

The majority of letters are delayed in Mexico, 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 Mexico, although they are currently delayed. In some communities, staff members have needed to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver. 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

In Oaxaca, one of the Mexican states hardest hit by COVID-19, there is a community that hasn't recorded any COVID-19 cases. There, from day one, the Una Familia para Usted (A Family for You) Child Development Center has worked fast and hard to educate families about good hygiene.

Oaxaca has a high rate of illiteracy, so although the press shares information about the virus and how to prevent it, families need an interactive and easy-to-understand way to learn.

With this challenge in mind, the Compassion church partner came up with a creative idea to encourage children to adopt good hygiene habits. “The Tale of Coronavirus” is an educational story that the center's tutors read to children over the phone.

“We made a tale to capture the attention of the children, but especially because Oaxaca is an oral community due to its high percentage of illiteracy. Therefore, oral communications work much better,” says Soreli, one of the tutors.

Eleven-year-old Daniela and her siblings love the story and changed their hygiene habits after hearing it. “I learned so much with ‘The Tale of Coronavirus.’ I don't understand what the news says, and we didn’t know how to prevent the virus, but thanks to the center, now we understand it, and we have better hygiene to stay healthy. And I love how interesting and funny the tale is,” she says.

How can I pray for Mexico?

Pray for doctors and medical workers in Mexico, as they have experienced a very high rate of deaths. Pray that they will have access to masks and other protective equipment as cases continue to rise.

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