Last Updated: 24/09/2020

Nicaragua’s ministry of health reported a downward curve of new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 22, with a total of 5,461 positive cases and a death toll of 149. It has been reported that health care workers and teachers have been especially hard hit by the virus. There are also increasing rates of malnutrition throughout the country. Nicaragua is reopening for tourism, however, with most airlines planning to restart flights to Managua in October.

Compassion child development centers temporarily are not holding group meetings or activities, but staff members at many centers have begun developing reopening plans. Since the pandemic began, staff members have distributed 150,501 food packs and 79,530 hygiene kits and provided 2,931 individuals with medical support. Some church partners have been able to provide spiritual content through videos and messaging apps. Staff members have also been able to arrange for telehealth for children who need medical care. Tutors check in regularly with the children, sending them encouraging messages.

A Message From Compassion Nicaragua’s National Director

Hear from William GutiĆ©rrez, National Director of Compassion Nicaragua, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Nicaragua.

Updated: 20/08/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Nicaragua?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Nicaragua, 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?

At this point, all centers in Nicaragua are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking 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 150,501 food packs and 79,530 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

At this point, we are not able to safely deliver letters to children registered at Compassion centers in Nicaragua. 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 Nicaragua. 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

In Nicaragua, the COVID-19 pandemic struck a struggling country still reeling from the socio-political crisis of 2018. The result has been severe unemployment, especially in rural communities. Parents strain to provide for their children’s most basic needs, especially nutritious food. Malnutrition is on the rise.

During this dark time, Compassion's church partners in Nicaragua are extending a helping hand to children and their families, improving their health and helping them find hope.

With the aid of a nutritionist, child development centers prepare food packages designed to combat malnutrition, filled with dairy products, eggs, beans, rice, fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and proteins.

Five-year-old Marlene’s family has been blessed by the food packages during a time when her father, Arnoldo, has been unable to find employment and the means to provide her with nutritious food.

“We are endlessly grateful for the assistance they have provided us with the food parcels,” says Arnoldo. “Every day, I see how committed the center staff is to maintaining their kids’ health and showing the families that they are there to support them. Every day, even now during this pandemic, we feel their love.”

How can I pray for Nicaragua?

Pray for Nicaraguans as they cope with the rainy season and flooding in the midst of the pandemic. Pray for wisdom as families try to stay healthy and safe.

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