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about COVID-19

God continues to be our source of strength for every challenge and our refuge in times of trouble. And as always, keeping the children in our program safe and healthy is our top priority.

COVID-19 Q & A | Country-specific updates: Africa | Asia | Latin America | Middle East

COUNTRY UPDATES

As of March 30, 2020

Africa

Ethiopia

There have been 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ethiopia. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. In some cases, the Hope Centers are a unique place of safety for the children, so some activities are still taking place, such as hygiene lessons and food distribution while limiting the number of people in groups and observing safe practices. Some children are also able to borrow books from their Hope Centers. OneChild country leaders are communicating with the Hope Center leadership twice daily by phone to monitor the situation. The cost of food has increased, and sanitizer is unavailable. Schools are closed, and large public gatherings such as sporting events have been prohibited. Child Champions are supporting families with food and essential supplies as needed and informing them of best health practices.

Kenya

There have been 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenya. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. Food stocks are decreasing due to restricted movement within the country and imports not arriving as normal. Schools have been closed, public gatherings have been prohibited, and curfews put in place to limit movement. Hope Centers throughout the country have temporarily suspended gathering, per government directives. Child Champions have begun visiting children in their homes, while observing safety recommendations, to bring them school assignments, encourage their families, and ensure they are aware of any needs.

Zimbabwe

Seven cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Zimbabwe. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. The outbreak has caused a high level of anxiety and uncertainty among Zimbabweans. The government has declared a 21-day lockdown beginning March 30, limiting movement except to obtain food or medical care. Hope Centers throughout the country have temporarily suspended gathering, per government directives. Hope Centers plan to begin distributing food to the children and their families.

Asia

Bangladesh

There have been 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. All Hope Center activities have been temporarily suspended in compliance with government directives. All areas of the country are currently in lockdown, and people are only permitted to leave their homes to obtain food or medical care. Families are remaining in their homes, as directed, and food supplies remain normal in the country at this time. This is a great hardship for poor families who depend on finding daily labor to buy food. Child Champions are visiting families with care packages of food and cleaning supplies. They are also ensuring families are well informed on the best practices to stay healthy. In areas where they are not permitted to do home visits, Child Champions are staying in close touch with families by phone to pray for them and encourage the children to continue with their school work while at home.

Cambodia

There have been 107 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cambodia. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. Schools are currently closed. Since Hope Centers in Cambodia are schools, they have been temporarily closed as well. Food supplies are normal, though prices have increased. Child Champions are visiting some of the children in their homes, and some teachers have been able to conduct classes with their student by Facebook live.

India

There have been 1,251 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. A nationwide lockdown has been implemented. Food supplies remain normal and the government has issued strict warnings against hording. All Hope Centers had been conducting awareness programs over the past month prior to closure, and Child Champions are providing children with health information and helping students over the phone to study for their exams. Because many of the children in our program come from families dependent on daily wages to provide food, Hope Centers are trying to reach them with basic food packages. Where Child Champions are restricted from visiting homes, they are working to get food to the families through retailers who are still permitted to make home deliveries.

Nepal

There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nepal. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. A nationwide lockdown was put in place this week, and all Hope Center activities have been temporarily suspended in compliance with government directives. Prior to the lockdown, Hope Centers were providing the children with training and awareness programs to help them stay healthy, and Child Champions are staying in touch with children and their families by phone to encourage them.

Philippines

There have been 1,546 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines on all three main islands. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. Community quarantine has been ordered in major cities and enhanced community quarantine on Luzon Island, meaning that only businesses providing basic necessities may remain open, and people must otherwise remain in their homes. Food supplies are stable but there has been some panic buying of food. All schools are closed until further notice, and large gatherings are prohibited in most cities. All Hope Centers have temporarily suspended programs per government directives. Child Champions are distributing packages of food, sanitation kits, and vitamin C to families in need of help. Hope Centers are also finding creative ways to continue supporting children’s education, including distributing home study materials, scripture lessons for encouragement, and communicating with them by text messages.

Latin America

Dominican Republic

There have been 901 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. Schools are closed and Hope Center activities have been temporarily suspended in compliance with government directives. Child Champions are staying in touch with children by phone. OneChild Program Facilitators are continuously on call to provide any assistance that may be needed. Food supplies are currently stable, but OneChild country leadership is evaluating ways to help with food and basic necessities for families in need due to lost jobs.

Haiti

There have been 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Haiti. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. Airports, schools and factories have been closed. OneChild Hope Centers have temporarily suspended gathering, per government directives. Long before the outbreak, a communications strategy was put in place for each Hope Center cluster, which will be used to keep in close contact during the crisis. Child Champions are staying in close touch with the children through home visits and by text messages, sending them lessons to do at home and reminding them that God is present with them in their homes. Hope Centers are planning to provide care packages of food and sanitation supplies to children as needed.

Honduras

There have been 141 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Honduras. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. Martial law has been enacted, and all businesses except small shops selling essential items have been closed. Hope Centers have temporarily suspended programs per government directives. Food supplies in the country are adequate but distribution is a challenge. Child Champions are communicating with children and their families remotely by phone and social media to encourage them. The doctor who coordinates the OneChild medical program in Honduras is on alert to help where needed. Child Champions have also distributed food to families who are in need due to lost wages.

Nicaragua

Four cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nicaragua thus far. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. Public schools remain open but many private schools and colleges have closed. For safety, Hope Centers activities have been suspended until April 5, as OneChild country leadership closely monitors developments. There are purchase limits on some items at markets to prevent hording. Medical staff have met with Child Champions at the Hope Centers for training, to ensure they have factual information regarding the virus, and to visit the homes of children in the area who had medical needs of any kind. OneChild leadership in Nicaragua is making plans to support children and their families with food and sanitation supplies as needed. They are also discussing ways to support medical teams with needed equipment.

Middle East

Jordan

There have been 268 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jordan. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. All flights, schools and most businesses have been closed for at least two weeks, and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. All Hope Centers have temporarily suspended programs per government directives. Child Champions have taught the children best health and hygiene practices, and OneChild leadership is evaluating ways to serve families in light of national restrictions on movement within the country. The government is well equipped to provide services, food supplies remain normal, and families may contact their Hope Center staff to inform them of any special needs.

Lebanon

There have been 446 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon. No cases have been reported among the children or adults connected with the OneChild program. Lebanon was already facing a severe financial crisis, which has been worsened by the current outbreak. All non-essential public and private institutions have been asked to close. People have been requested to stay at home, which has affected Hope Center operations. OneChild leadership is evaluating the best ways to serve families in light of national restrictions.

 


As of March 30, 2020

OneChild Global Health Q & A:

How is OneChild responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?

OneChild has been preparing children and their families to prevent the spread of disease long before this current outbreak began. Through our program, children have learned about the transmission of germs and have been taught the importance of hygiene practices like handwashing. They have also received medical checkups, nutritious food and supplements, and additional medical care when needed to help keep them healthy and better able to ward off illnesses.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, OneChild’s leaders have created an emergency response team to monitor conditions in the countries where we work and to support the Child Champions serving the children there. The team is closely communicating with our Country Directors who in turn are working with those at Hope Centers who are helping children and families.

Are Hope Centers still open?

Many countries where we work have put temporary “lockdowns” in place similar to those in many parts of the United States. As a result, most of our Hope Centers have had to temporarily suspend gathering, though some are still meeting with modified programs for children’s safety. Child Champions are visiting children and their families at home to distribute supplies and health information. In areas where movement is more restricted, Child Champions are finding innovative ways to stay in regular contact with our children and their families.

Have any children, Child Champions or their families fallen ill?

There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 among the children or Child Champions in our program or their family members.

How will I know if my child is impacted?

If your child is directly impacted by this virus, you will personally be contacted by our staff.

How are my donations/sponsorship funds being used to help children during this outbreak?

In vital ways! The OneChild program is more important than ever to children and their families at this time. Even in countries where our Hope Centers have been forced to temporarily suspend gatherings, Child Champions are checking on the children and their families at home. Depending on the needs in their area, they are providing food packages and sanitizers, bringing lessons to the children, and health and hygiene information for the whole family. Country Directors are in close touch with Hope Center directors and Program Facilitators to monitor needs and concerns among the children we serve.

This all provides the kids in our program with a level of protection and security that children living in poverty seldom have. They are not lost or overlooked. They are known, loved and supported by the reassuring presence of their Child Champions.

Can I still send letters and cards to my child?

Yes! A personal message from you would be a special encouragement to your child at this time.

Will my child’s communication to me be delayed?

Due to the global impact, your child’s letters may be delayed.

Do other countries have restrictions on public gatherings as we do in the U.S.?

A number of countries have placed restrictions on large gatherings and some have closed schools as well.

Are OneChild offices still open?

Field offices remain operational, though in many areas staff members are working remotely from home to comply with government directives. They are all continuing to provide care for the children we serve.

At our Colorado headquarters, to ensure the safety of our staff and to follow recommendations from state and federal authorities, our U.S. staff members are working from home. However, we are operating and are available for our Sponsors and Donors.

How can I communicate with OneChild?

You can still reach us at:

info@onechild.org (with general questions)
sponsors@onechild.org (with sponsorship questions)
By phone at 800.864.0200 (M-Th: 7am-5pm, F: 8am-12pm, MT)
By mail at: P.O. Box 62600, Colorado Springs, CO 80962

What if I can’t afford to continue my sponsorship?

Your sponsorship is significant to your child beyond the monthly support you provide, so, if needed, our staff can offer suggestions regarding short-term financial limitations or alternate donation possibilities.

We want to do all that we can to ensure your special relationship with your sponsored child continues at a time when your child most needs a sense of stability. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 800.864.0200 or sponsors@OneChild.org.

 


March 12, 2020

At this time there are no known cases of COVID-19 among any of our children or Child Champions.

COVID-19 is in several countries where OneChild works, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, India, Nepal, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and the Philippines.

Thanks to the faithful support of our sponsors and donors, our children have been taught personal hygiene and disease prevention — such as the transmission of germs and proper hand washing. Their parents have also received training in disease prevention, treatment, and how to effectively care for sick family members.

In addition, all of our country offices have medical personnel available, and many have physicians on staff. Our Hope Center staff is also trained to help prevent and identify illnesses, facilitate care, and secure medicine and medical help when needed.

 

 

Our Hope Center leaders in all of our countries are proactively monitoring the situation and considering preventive measures such as suspending our program if needed.

Please continue to pray for our children, their families, and the Child Champions committed to helping them thrive. The help of our global community is crucial — especially during times like this.

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