Sydeny, age 6, Zambia

How the coronavirus is affecting sponsored children

How the coronavirus is affecting sponsored children

How the coronavirus is affecting sponsored children

We’ll post updates here as they become available.

We’re living in an unprecedented time – the coronavirus pandemic impacts all of us and the situation is changing from hour to hour. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and out of control.

But now more than ever, we need to remember that we are not helpless. Each one of us has the power to care for and protect the people around us – and for those who are more vulnerable and less able to seek the help and care they need. Together we can turn the tide.

Right now, there are four things every child sponsor can do

Right now, there are four things every child sponsor can do

Let your sponsored child know that you care

Children everywhere are no doubt feeling afraid as the world around them swirls with uncertainty about the coronavirus. They are listening to conversation of friends, parents and teachers and for some, witnessing sickness and tragedy first-hand. Write a letter or message to your sponsored child to reassure them that even in uncertain times, you’re thinking of them or and praying for them. There might be delays with letters in some affected areas but a message to show you care, even if it takes some time to get there, is powerful.

Let your sponsored child know that you care

Children everywhere are no doubt feeling afraid as the world around them swirls with uncertainty about the coronavirus. They are listening to conversation of friends, parents and teachers and for some, witnessing sickness and tragedy first-hand. Write a letter or message to your sponsored child to reassure them that even in uncertain times, you’re thinking of them or and praying for them. There might be delays with letters in some affected areas but a message to show you care, even if it takes some time to get there, is powerful.

Speak up for the most vulnerable

Responding to this global crisis is a challenge for most countries, but in places where health systems are weak, the situation is even more desperate. Write to your government representatives and get on social media – ask your country to support nations where the world’s most vulnerable live to combat the spread of coronavirus. Encourage your social media network to do the same. If you like, you could also pray for the leaders of these nations and for the health and safety of people living in affected areas.

Speak up for the most vulnerable

Responding to this global crisis is a challenge for most countries, but in places where health systems are weak, the situation is even more desperate. Write to your government representatives and get on social media – ask your country to support nations where the world’s most vulnerable live to combat the spread of coronavirus. Encourage your social media network to do the same. If you like, you could also pray for the leaders of these nations and for the health and safety of people living in affected areas.

Support the Global Health Emergency Response

We need to take fast, informed and united action to protect the world’s most vulnerable children from the impact of coronavirus. We are on the cusp of a catastrophe. World Vision’s Global Health Emergency Response has launched a multi-million-dollar response in 17 countries. Give today and help fund this vital work in the places that need it most.

Support the Global Health Emergency Response

We need to take fast, informed and united action to protect the world’s most vulnerable children from the impact of coronavirus. We are on the cusp of a catastrophe. World Vision’s Global Health Emergency Response has launched a multi-million-dollar response in 17 countries. Give today and help fund this vital work in the places that need it most.

Stay informed

Each one of us can help to stop the spread of the coronavirus by doing what we can to stay healthy. Wash your hands, respect restrictions in your country, stick to social distancing rules and keep up to date on the latest information – visit the World Health Organization for the latest health recommendations or visit wvi.org for regular updates on what World Vision is doing to keep your sponsored child and their community safe.

Stay informed

Each one of us can help to stop the spread of the coronavirus by doing what we can to stay healthy. Wash your hands, respect restrictions in your country, stick to social distancing rules and keep up to date on the latest information – visit the World Health Organization for the latest health recommendations or visit wvi.org for regular updates on what World Vision is doing to keep your sponsored child and their community safe.

Below are some frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 is impacting child sponsorship. We will continually update you with more information.

What happens if my sponsored child is in a community affected by COVID-19?

In each community where we work, World Vision staff and volunteers are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and are already adjusting our programs to respond to the changing needs. There are three different scenarios for the 54 countries where sponsored children live:

  1. Our child sponsorship programs are operating as usual and already responding or are preparing to respond. In these communities, we will focus on preventing the spread of the virus, and to mitigate its effects. We are also working with health authorities to spread accurate information about coronavirus to our community partners.
  2. Our child sponsorship programs are operating, but with some restrictions. In these communities, we have paused some of our less time-critical work to limit close contact between children and other people, but all other work continues.
  3. Our child sponsorship programs are on hold and an emergency response is underway. Staff and volunteers are turning their focus trying to keep the children we serve safe. This may include assisting with home learning, if schools are closed, by providing school materials and activities, or preventing the separation or stigmatization of children during treatment and isolation.

What happens if my sponsored child becomes seriously ill from COVID-19?

The safety and wellbeing of the children we serve is our highest priority. If your sponsored child becomes seriously ill from coronavirus or any other illness, we will contact you with known information as soon as it’s operationally possible.

What happens if my sponsored child loses a parent or caregiver because of COVID-19?

We know from experience in the Ebola crisis and other disease outbreaks, that the secondary impacts of the coronavirus can be devastating for children living in poverty, specifically losing a parent or older caregiver. If your sponsored child loses a parent/caregiver to coronavirus or any other illness, we will contact you with known information as soon as it’s operationally possible.

Can I still write a letter to my sponsored child?

Yes. In fact, we hope you will!

In such uncertain times, your sponsored child or their family could be facing fear, isolation or uncertainty and they could benefit from knowing you are thinking of and/or praying for them. In almost all countries, mail services are still operational and the World Health Organization advises that mail does not spread coronavirus. In impacted areas, it may take longer for your letter to be delivered but rest assured that it will, as soon as it’s safe to do so. If international mail restrictions are placed on any countries where we work, we will provide immediate updates.

If you’ve just written a letter to your sponsored child, will you get a reply?

Yes. If you sponsored child is not in an area impacted by COVID-19, you will receive a reply from them in the usual timeframe. However, if your sponsored child is in an area impacted, it may take longer than usual to get a reply. This is because our movements may be affected by government/local health authority restrictions. As soon as it’s safe to do so, a reply will be sent. If international mail restrictions are placed on any countries where we work, we will provide you updates.

Can I still send a gift to my sponsored child?

Yes. In communities where our child sponsorship programs are operating as usual, gifts will be delivered to children and communities as normal. In impacted communities, the process may take a little longer than usual as we prioritize the safety of children and their families, but it will still occur. And when it’s operationally possible to do so, you’ll receive a letter and photo to show the impact your gift made!

Will I still receive an Annual Progress Report from my sponsored child?

At this point in time, we expect that many sponsors will receive an annual progress report and update photo from their sponsored child later this year. However, because of the dynamic nature of this pandemic and because our priority is always the safety of children, their families, and our staff and volunteers, there could be delays or some delivery challenges. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Will I still receive photos and videos from my sponsored child?

Because of the dynamic nature of this pandemic and because our priority is always the safety of children, staff and volunteers, some sponsors will experience delays in receiving photo and video updates from their sponsored child and the child’s community. If this happens, we ask for your patience and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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What happens if my sponsored child is in a community affected by COVID-19?

In each community where we work, World Vision staff and volunteers are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and are already adjusting our programs to respond to the changing needs. There are three different scenarios for the 54 countries where sponsored children live:

  1. Our child sponsorship programs are operating as usual and already responding or are preparing to respond. In these communities, we will focus on preventing the spread of the virus, and to mitigate its effects. We are also working with health authorities to spread accurate information about coronavirus to our community partners.
  2. Our child sponsorship programs are operating, but with some restrictions. In these communities, we have paused some of our less time-critical work to limit close contact between children and other people, but all other work continues.
  3. Our child sponsorship programs are on hold and an emergency response is underway. Staff and volunteers are turning their focus trying to keep the children we serve safe. This may include assisting with home learning, if schools are closed, by providing school materials and activities, or preventing the separation or stigmatization of children during treatment and isolation.

What happens if my sponsored child becomes seriously ill from COVID-19?

The safety and wellbeing of the children we serve is our highest priority. If your sponsored child becomes seriously ill from coronavirus or any other illness, we will contact you with known information as soon as it’s operationally possible.

What happens if my sponsored child loses a parent or caregiver because of COVID-19?

We know from experience in the Ebola crisis and other disease outbreaks, that the secondary impacts of the coronavirus can be devastating for children living in poverty, specifically losing a parent or older caregiver. If your sponsored child loses a parent/caregiver to coronavirus or any other illness, we will contact you with known information as soon as it’s operationally possible.

Can I still write a letter to my sponsored child?

Yes. In fact, we hope you will!

In such uncertain times, your sponsored child or their family could be facing fear, isolation or uncertainty and they could benefit from knowing you are thinking of and/or praying for them. In almost all countries, mail services are still operational and the World Health Organization advises that mail does not spread coronavirus. In impacted areas, it may take longer for your letter to be delivered but rest assured that it will, as soon as it’s safe to do so. If international mail restrictions are placed on any countries where we work, we will provide immediate updates.

If you’ve just written a letter to your sponsored child, will you get a reply?

Yes. If you sponsored child is not in an area impacted by COVID-19, you will receive a reply from them in the usual timeframe. However, if your sponsored child is in an area impacted, it may take longer than usual to get a reply. This is because our movements may be affected by government/local health authority restrictions. As soon as it’s safe to do so, a reply will be sent. If international mail restrictions are placed on any countries where we work, we will provide you updates.

Can I still send a gift to my sponsored child?

Yes. In communities where our child sponsorship programs are operating as usual, gifts will be delivered to children and communities as normal. In impacted communities, the process may take a little longer than usual as we prioritize the safety of children and their families, but it will still occur. And when it’s operationally possible to do so, you’ll receive a letter and photo to show the impact your gift made!

Will I still receive an Annual Progress Report from my sponsored child?

At this point in time, we expect that many sponsors will receive an annual progress report and update photo from their sponsored child later this year. However, because of the dynamic nature of this pandemic and because our priority is always the safety of children, their families, and our staff and volunteers, there could be delays or some delivery challenges. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Will I still receive photos and videos from my sponsored child?

Because of the dynamic nature of this pandemic and because our priority is always the safety of children, staff and volunteers, some sponsors will experience delays in receiving photo and video updates from their sponsored child and the child’s community. If this happens, we ask for your patience and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.