The need in the east and west Africa

Compassion graduate, Richmond Wandera, shares about the challenges of responding to Covid-19 in his community of Namugongo, Uganda:

“The people who are suffering the most are the poorest. In the west, there is enough space in homes for social distancing, but in Uganda, six or seven people are often living in one room. Social distancing is not possible.”

In response to the urgent need, our church partners in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso, are working tirelessly to support children and their families.

In Kenya, the local Compassion project is raising awareness about how to minimise the risk of infection from Coronavirus. Since water can be scarce and expensive, the project is teaching caregivers how to make homemade sanitisers for when handwashing isn’t an option.

For many families living in slums in Kenya, Covid-19 has brought terrifying and challenging decisions. Mum Dorcas says, “sometimes we are forced to choose between buying water or food.” 

  body2.jpgDorcas and her children in Kenya. 

In Burkina Faso, Guinko is a single mum who sadly lost her job and income due to the pandemic. “I used my last pay to buy a bag of rice and vegetables for the family.

The family relies on help from one of Compassion’s church partners, who provides food, medical care and emotional support. For Guinko, this relief will help her family enormously. “Now that I have no salary, my children and I are more vulnerable. I thank God that the project comes to our rescue in times of crisis. Hunger is the first pandemic we must overcome in addition to Covid-19.”

body1.jpg Single mum Guinko and her children in Burkina Faso, helped by Compassion's church partners. 

The need in Asia

In this update, our team in the Philippines share how they are going the extra mile to care for the most vulnerable children during this season.

"Child support [sponsorship] funds are being used to provide relief goods for children and their family members. And these relief goods cover their essential needs, says Compassion Philippines National Director, Noel Pabiona. 

"I'm proud of the Church. The name of Jesus Christ has been lifted up. Christ is our provider and when we fear, we can always put our trust in Him." 

Our church partners in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia have been delivering emergency food supplies to families who rely solely on their daily wages to put food on the table. 

"Before I got these groceries, I told my children that we may be fasting for days. But, thanks to God, we got the food from the project. It is a huge support that we need in this difficult time," says Ananda, mum to sponsored child Akhsa from Indonesia. 

Our Compassion Bangladesh team describe the pandemic as "shaking every person, young and old, in all spheres of life. It has shaken the economy and spread fear." During this anxious time, our church partners are going the extra mile to deliver emergency supplies. “Markets are running dry of hygiene items," explains Compassion Social Worker, Rakhi. "The desperation continues to grow in our village."

The need in Central and South America 

Following special permission from the government, our church partners in Honduras are delivering daily food packages to families in poverty who are currently unable to work due to Covid-19.


"We were able to show the President and his staff how the church is working to let them continue helping the sponsored children," says Compassion Honduras National Director, Yolanda Rodas. "Families can't wait, so it's the church who is ready to help them."

body3.jpgFood supplies provided by Compassion during Covid-19 in El Salvador. 

In Nicaragua, life has been challenging for brothers James and Jonny who share their one-bedroom house with their mother and five siblings. They’ve been thankful for the constant support of Compassion’s local church partner.

Project Director Raquel says, “It is important for us to be able to provide families with food, hygiene products and medicines, to help fight this illness. Each staff member cares and prays for them, and we will always help in any way we can.”

James and Jonny’s mum, Geoconda, is grateful for their support. “I thank the Lord, first and foremost for everything He has done. I am grateful for the dedication and love [staff] show towards their work in the ministry and the families of the kids they serve.”

You can bring long-term hope

By sponsoring a child with Tearfund today, you’ll not only provide them with urgent care during this unprecedented season of Covid-19 lockdowns, but you’ll also give them long-term hope, empowering them to rise out of extreme poverty.

Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in the countries, our local church partners will restart the world-class child development programme that has proven so effective in empowering children to be released from poverty.

Once safe to do so, Compassion church-based projects will re-open and your vital sponsorship donations will enable your sponsored child to access educational and nutritional support, medical check-ups and the love and care of a local church community.

Through our partner, we currently have more than 250,000 children globally, waiting for a sponsor. Right now, Compassion is supporting these children and their families, but we need more sponsors to sustain this.

Will you sponsor a child today and help them through the Covid-19 crisis?

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