For those who live in extreme poverty, everything about COVID-19 is magnified: the risk, the fear, the uncertainty, the life-and-death realities.

Children and families living in poverty are the most vulnerable in every way. They have no safety net.

Hygiene is a luxury for many. If parents can't go out and work due to mandatory isolation, families can't eat.

COVID-19 will hit those in poverty the hardest. But together we can pray, take action and rise as one Church.

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Dear Covid-19, this letter is for you...


COVID-19 has greatly increased the need among the 25 countries and thousands of communities where our church partners work and our sponsored children live. In these unprecedented times, we're adapting fast. Our focus is still on caring for over 2 million sponsored children, but when survival is on the line, that means supporting the world around them too.

During a crisis or disaster, helping communities and caregivers is often the most critical and immediate way to help children. That's why our COVID-19 Children’s Appeal in partnership with Compassion International, is empowering our church partners to extend their care further. By giving now, you’ll enable them to provide children, families and wider communities with health and stability through hygiene, food and housing security.

Right now, every single country we work in is affected by Covid-19 and equally right now, every supporting country (USA, Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand etc) are doing everything they can to help. This is the first time in our history we have done a global appeal and we’re doing it because we believe when we pray and give, together we will rise as one.

For Dorcas, a mum living in Kibera, Africa's largest slum. She says, “While washing hands frequently is paramount to keeping the virus at bay, sometimes water is just not available, or we are forced to make the difficult choice between purchasing water or purchasing food to keep hunger pangs at bay.”

This is the harsh reality for children living in poverty and their families right now and that makes the incredible work our local church partners do every single day even more urgent.

 

You can help the most vulnerable families and communities
survive this crisis.

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How you can help

$40

Can help supply an entire household with critical hygiene supplies  

 

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$60

Can help supply an entire household with a two-week food package of essentials like rice, eggs, meat, milk and corn.
 

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$140

Can help keep a family in their home by assisting with rent for one month during a time of economic hardship caused by Covid-19

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$230

Can help provide essential hygiene and protective items to 20 children.

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In this season, we’re leaning on our greatest strength to combat COVID-19: the consistent, steady presence of our local church partners who were faithfully serving before, during and will continue after COVID-19.

We know that in this crisis they are doing their best to prioritise the most vulnerable children and families to have the greatest possible impact at this time. We are committed to being good stewards of all donations.

The COVID-19 response needs right now are great and your donations will be used to support this. Any surplus funds raised will be used towards interventions directly responding to the most urgent needs as they arise including supplying emergency relief.

All donations of $5 or more are tax-deductible.

Let's rise as one to protect the most vulnerable from Covid-19!

Frequently asked questions – and answers! – about We rise as one Fundraising Campaign

  • Will my child be getting the money I donate?

    Will my child be getting the money I donate?

    No. But, a donation to this fund will be portioned out across the globe that will reach many of our sponsored children, their families and communities. That’s because we’re working hard to ensure this fund will get to the children and families with the highest needs. If you’d like to give a gift direct to your sponsored child you can do that on their birthday or at Christmas time.

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  • If you raise more than you need, where will the excess funds go?

    If you raise more than you need, where will the excess funds go?

    We desire to be good stewards of all gifts. The need right now is very great, but if funding does exceed COVID-19 response needs, funds will be used responsibly in similar ways to respond to other disasters.

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  • How will the funds be used?

    How will the funds be used?

    The Disaster Response Fund includes a wide range of interventions, but the primary focus for this campaign is on basic hygiene, nutrition and shelter.

    Primary interventions include:

    • - Hygiene
    • - Food and Nutrition
    • - Shelter / Housing Security

    Secondary interventions include:

    • - Psychological/Emotional/Spiritual Support
    • - Medical Care
    • - Water
    • - Clothing and Household Items

    In this pandemic, Compassion / Tearfund are empowering a local response led by local leaders. To the extent they are able to, local church staff are working hard to provide a basic level of care to all children and youth registered in our program – as well as their families and communities. The local church knows its community best. We trust that, in this crisis, they are doing their best to prioritize the most vulnerable children and families in order to have the greatest possible impact during this time.

    To the extent they are able to, our local church staff are actively prioritizing the needs and determining what level of intervention is required on an individual basis. They are using their regular Highly Vulnerable Child (HVC) assessment criteria to identify those in need of the most urgent support. Once they’ve prioritized needs, the local staff identify what resources they can immediately offer. If the needs are greater than local resources will provide, staff communicate to their field offices that more resources are required from Compassion / Tearfund.

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  • What safeguards are in place to make sure funds are spent correctly?

    What safeguards are in place to make sure funds are spent correctly?

    Compassion / Tearfund have several safeguards in place to make sure funds are spent correctly. Both Compassion / Tearfund conduct regular audits to make sure funds are properly received, tracked and managed. Every financial process — from local child development centres to the Global Ministry Centre in Colorado Springs — is regularly audited both internally and externally. In addition, Compassion / Tearfund is audited each year by an independent accounting firm. We publish the independent auditor report in its entirety and you can see our latest one here. Accountability is a commitment and a value that drives our whole organisation. We are committed to earning and keeping your trust.

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  • Is Compassion/Tearfund providing COVID testing, masks, ventilators, PPE, etc?

    Is Compassion/Tearfund providing COVID testing, masks, ventilators, PPE, etc?

    Compassion / Tearfund staff are taking every precaution to protect the children and their families in our program. As a regular part of our ministry, we teach healthy hygiene practices to children in our program (and mums in our Survival program), which reduces the spread of illness. Where we can, we are also providing hygiene kits to families.

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  • How will I know if my child has been infected with COVID?

    How will I know if my child has been infected with COVID?

    Because we are committed to protecting each child and maintaining their privacy, Compassion / Tearfund's policy has always been not to disclose health information of children in our program. To learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting your sponsored child’s country, you can go to Compassion.com / Tearfund.org.nz and click on the COVID-19 banner.

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  • What is happening in my child’s specific country?

    What is happening in my child’s specific country?

    This info is correct as of May 28 2020

    Bangladesh
    The government extended a nationwide shutdown until May 30 but has begun easing restrictions to reopen factories and other businesses to lessen the economic impact on the country. Dhaka is on lockdown with a high number of cases being reported. All schools, colleges and educational institutions are closed until at least September. All Compassion group activities are on hold. Compassion Bangladesh staff and partner churches were recently able to send hygiene supplies and food baskets to some beneficiary families. They report that many families have no source of income, so they are providing necessary funds to buy daily essentials.

    Bolivia
    Beginning May 11, a “dynamic quarantine” was implemented in some areas, lifting some restrictions on movement and work hours for parts of the country determined to be at medium and low risk for virus transmission. Group activities at all Compassion child development centers remain on hold. Under the updated government regulations, delivery of food is permitted from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, so partner churches are working to provide food, disease prevention materials and hygiene supplies to beneficiaries and their families. They are also checking in with families via phone to provide spiritual and emotional support. Compassion Bolivia has deployed teams of physicians and psychologists to support our frontline church partners.

    Brazil
    All states where Compassion works are currently practicing social isolation. Schools and public gathering locations, such as shopping malls and restaurants, are closed. Compassion programs are on hold; however, local workers are making every effort to provide for the basic needs of beneficiaries, including the delivery of food baskets and hygiene materials. Partner churches are maintaining phone contact with families and providing Bible stories, lessons and prayers, as well as care for those struggling mentally and emotionally. They have also launched a child protection campaign on social media and are holding online worship services for youth.

    Burkina Faso
    The government is instructing citizens to follow hygiene and sanitation measures to mitigate spread of the virus. All citizens must wear face masks in public. Schools, professional training centers and universities are closed, but the government has begun a phased reopening, including allowing schools to begin administering exams, and reopenings of markets and churches. A curfew is still in place from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. All Compassion partner churches have kept child development center group activities on hold, but they continue regular child protection oversight and health care support. They have distributed food, soap, masks and hand sanitizer to families, and continue to work to raise awareness of COVID-19 prevention. Some churches have helped families construct simple washing stations to use at their homes.

    Colombia
    The national quarantine is extended to May 31. Borders are closed to noncitizens, and all educational institutions are closed until further notice. All Compassion center activities are on hold. Partner churches have provided hygiene training, disease prevention materials and food kits to select high-risk families and continue to monitor situations for child protection. They have provided vouchers to be used in local markets in areas where they cannot deliver food. Staff has also created activity kits for children to do at home, and some centers were recently able to hold virtual birthday celebrations. Additionally, staff and church partners are working to develop online curriculum lessons and devotionals to be shared with registered children and their families.

    Dominican Republic
    Schools and parks are closed, public events, including religious services, are banned, and air travel is canceled. Some businesses have begun reopening, but with a reduced workforce. There is a curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through June 1. All Compassion child development centers are closed. Compassion health specialists have been providing partner churches with guidance and educational materials, and partner church staff is providing physical and emotional support to families while complying with guidelines. This includes video sermons, online prayer services and counseling by phone. Tutors have recorded short video lessons for children to view at home. Additionally, church staff is spending time praying for sponsors around the world.

    Ecuador
    The Compassion Ecuador national office is closed until at least May 31. All frontline church partners and Compassion centers are closed to group activities. Beginning May 12, restrictions began to be eased in Ecuador, with workforces beginning a phased reopening and some travel restrictions being lifted. Curfews are still in place, and masks and social distancing are encouraged. Church staff members continue to provide emotional and spiritual support by making regular phone calls to families and delivering food and hygiene kits. Some partner churches have been able to hold online worship services and prayer meetings.

    El Salvador
    The Government of El Salvador has declared that the country is in a state of national quarantine. All educational activities are suspended, and Compassion programming is on hold. Partner churches are supporting the most vulnerable families with food and available medicine and developing tutoring materials online so children can continue learning from home. To date, Compassion El Salvador has been able to distribute nearly 12,000 health kits and food baskets using Disaster Relief funds. They are also providing resources to help families plant home gardens. Compassion El Salvador has shared uplifting messages and public health information for entire communities through local radio.

    Ethiopia
    Ethiopia is under a state of emergency until August. Schools and universities are closed. Large gatherings are banned, and traffic to and from the capital city is restricted. All child development centers have stopped group activities, meetings and training. Partner church staff members are distributing food and sanitation items to families and handling medical emergencies. They have educated families on COVID-19 prevention and care and given their personal contact information to families so they can have quick access if needed. Additionally, staff has ensured that 526 centers have working hand-washing facilities for children, families and the community to access.

    Ghana
    The government has begun to lift lockdowns in some larger cities, but schools remain closed and social distancing is being encouraged, as the number of positive cases still continues to rise. All borders remain closed. All frontline church partners are closed, and therefore many activities are on hold. However, the centers are handling emergency health care, child protection interventions and disaster response for beneficiaries as needed. Staff is providing education to beneficiaries and their families on COVID-19 prevention and personal hygiene. Some frontline churches are using innovative ways of continuing to provide lessons through video and phone calls, particularly lessons aimed at teens and young adults.

    Guatemala
    As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, the country remains on lockdown. Large public events and gatherings are prohibited. Closed are schools, churches, sports activities, shopping malls, restaurants, and public and private organizations, except for pharmacies and hospitals. As a result, all Compassion child development centers are closed. Frontline church partners are working within curfew guidelines to deliver food and hygiene supplies to all beneficiaries.

    Haiti
    Schools, universities, places of worship and industrial areas are closed until further notice. The borders and airports are closed to passengers but open for transportation of goods. The extreme poverty in the country makes it difficult for Compassion-assisted families to respect confinement guidelines as they must go to crowded open-air markets for food and supplies. Markets and buses are reportedly full of people despite the warnings. All Compassion child development centers have stopped group program activities. Partner church workers are attempting to keep in touch with beneficiaries safely through phone calls and texts. They bring food supplies to the most vulnerable when possible and provide medical assistance to any beneficiary in need. Staff is also working to provide Bible studies and other lessons through phone calls as much as possible.

    Honduras
    All borders are closed and a national quarantine is in place. Public gatherings (sports, cultural, social and religious events, etc.) and public transportation are suspended and most businesses are closed. Only supermarkets, banks and hospitals are open. Accordingly, all Compassion programs and activities are canceled. Program staff is delivering food and hygiene kits to vulnerable families and reinforcing hygiene and safety measures with caregivers. All who are delivering food have undergone training by the local government on safety measures. Church workers are keeping in touch with families via phone calls and recording video lessons for children.

    Indonesia
    Indonesia has deployed army troops and police officers to enforce rules on wearing face masks and social distancing, as the country prepares to reopen its economy after its coronavirus lockdown. Compassion child development centers remain closed until at least May 29. Workers are staying in contact with beneficiaries online. They are working within strict mobility restrictions to distribute emergency supplies, including soap, clean water, vitamins and groceries. Staff has created online lessons for children. Compassion health specialists are providing videos and flyers on disease prevention and hygiene.

    Kenya
    Social distancing measures have been implemented, and public gatherings are banned. All schools are closed indefinitely. A curfew is in effect from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The government is working to roll out mass testing to hot spots and county hospitals. All Compassion group activities, including weekly child programs, caregiver meetings and group trainings, are on hold. Compassion Kenya is providing the centers with information about prevention of the coronavirus and how to respond if children are affected. Frontline church partners are continuing child protection measures and health care support as needed.

    Mexico
    Mexico is planning a region-by-region reopening, based on the number of local cases. Currently, public gatherings are banned and schools are closed until May 30. All Compassion child development centers have put group program activities on hold. Most centers are distributing food to the most vulnerable children’s families. All frontline church partners have received flyers on disease prevention and treatment that they can print and distribute in their communities. Some tutors have been able to record lessons that they are sending to beneficiaries so they can learn from home.

    Nicaragua
    The country is under an epidemiological alert and has put preventive measures in place. Compassion Nicaragua staff participated in a World Health Organization orientation about prevention of virus spread. Child development centers are not holding group meetings or activities. In just two weeks staff delivered more than 24,000 food packs to beneficiaries and their families. Some church partners have been able to provide spiritual content through videos and messaging apps.

    Peru
    Peru is under a nationwide state of emergency that includes self-quarantine and closed borders. All Compassion frontline church partners have put children's and youths' activities on hold. The national staff and church partners are monitoring the children and families that are most vulnerable due to extreme poverty, possible abuse or health complications. Church workers are working closely with local authorities to deliver food to families. Tutors and pastors are providing “virtual” counseling as needed to beneficiaries and caregivers.

    Philippines
    The country is now under General Community Quarantine, which has allowed for some businesses to reopen. Metro Manila, Laguna and Cebu will remain under a stricter, modified quarantine until June 1. As typhoon season begins in the region, local government faces potential struggles, including the possibility of having to evacuate people under quarantine. Partner churches and child development centers are still closed for group activities, but some centers are beginning to plan how to meet while following strict health protocols. A limited staff from each center is working to provide food, relief goods and hygiene packs with alcohol/sanitizer and soap to the most vulnerable families of registered children. Church staff members are providing counseling and making follow-up visits where there are suspected cases of abuse. The centers are providing alternative learning and home-based activities for beneficiaries, including coloring books for children and journals for youths.

    Rwanda
    Schools, places of worship and Compassion centers are closed until September. A curfew is in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and masks must be worn in public at all times Center workers are communicating with beneficiaries and caregivers by phone where possible. They have been able to provide care and support to the most vulnerable children, including those who are malnourished and have medical issues, and staff is working with local governments to provide food to families. Sponsor gifts to children and families are being delivered as electronic cash transfers. The Compassion Rwanda office is working with local staff to offer counseling support during this difficult season.

    Sri Lanka
    Public gatherings are banned and all schools are closed. A curfew is in place from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., though it has been relaxed in some regions to allow people to begin to return to work. No passenger flights or ships may enter the country until further notice, and all postal services are suspended. Compassion programming is on hold. Staff has committed to reaching out to families via phone at least once a week, and in some areas they have been able to conduct home visits while obeying social distancing guidelines. They are also working to distribute dry ration packs, seed packets and disease prevention information as they are able under the government guidelines. One partner church has been able to work with the local government to make face masks. At some centers, staff is exploring distance learning so they can distribute lessons to children online.

    Tanzania
    The Tanzanian government has not released any data on COVID in Tanzania since April 29, and testing is limited. All schools, colleges and universities in Tanzania are currently closed, and public gatherings are banned. Group meetings and activities at all Compassion child development centers are canceled. Partner churches continue to provide medical attention and child protection to beneficiaries and families as needed.

    Thailand
    Reported cases of COVID-19 in the country seem to be declining, and the government has begun easing some restrictions, including reopening some businesses. All public gatherings are banned until the end of May. The 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew is in place through May 31. Compassion child development centers have put group activities on hold, though in some areas staff have been able to do home visits and hold group gatherings of under 10, while obeying social distancing guidelines. Church partners are distributing soap, sanitizer gels and face masks in some areas, and some centers have begun making masks and sanitizer. Where possible, workers are keeping in contact with beneficiaries by phone. Additionally, staff has developed online resources, including devotionals, for children and families.

    Togo
    Togo is under a state of emergency through June. Borders are closed, public meetings of more than 15 people are banned, and schools are closed. A curfew is in place from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Compassion child development centers are closed. Partner church staff members are taking food packages to the most vulnerable children, monitoring the health of children and families, delivering medical funds in cases of illness, and praying continually. Staff has been encouraged to limit face-to-face visits when possible for safety and is communicating with families via phone and video calls. Some church partners have been able to install hand-washing centers for community use.

    Uganda
    Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Uganda, and the country is on lockdown. Public transportation and mass gatherings have been halted. Churches, schools and nonessential businesses are closed. A curfew is in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Compassion child development centers have discontinued group activities. Partner church staff members are visiting homes of beneficiaries only when absolutely necessary, including assisting with medical needs and child protection. They are sending monetary support to beneficiary families as electronic transfers to mobile phones or in the form of cash to those who must walk to the center while observing safety measures.

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  • Can I still send letters to my child?

    Can I still send letters to my child?

    With the temporary closure of most of our national offices and the temporary stoppage of group activities in most of our child development centres, the delivery of letters between children and sponsors have been delayed at this time.

    You may continue to write your sponsored child, but please know that delivery of your letter will be delayed until our offices and child development centres are once again fully operational.

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