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FAQs: How Does The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affect Child Sponsorship

 

Is my sponsored child still benefitting from child sponsorship during COVID-19?

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

  1. Our child sponsorship programmes are operating as usual and responding. In these communities, we are focused on preventing the spread of the virus, and mitigating its effects. We are also working with health authorities to spread accurate information about COVID-19 to our community partners.
  2. Our child sponsorship programmes are operating, but with some restrictions. In these communities, we have paused some of our activities to limit close contact between children and other people, but our work continues in COVID-safe ways as we respond to the current needs.
  3. Our child sponsorship programmes are on hold and an emergency response is underway. Staff and volunteers are focused on keeping the children we serve safe. This may include providing school materials to assist with home learning if schools are closed, sharing COVID-19 prevention messages and hygiene supplies like soap and sanitiser, or monitoring children’s health and well-being through regular phone calls or online chats.
 

What happens if my 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 COVID-19 or any other illness, we will contact you with known information as soon as it’s operationally possible.

 

What happens if my 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 COVID-19 can be devastating for children living in poverty, especially losing a parent or older caregiver. If your sponsored child loses a parent/caregiver to COVID-19 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! Due to the temporary suspension of international mail by Pos Malaysia, we recommend sending an e-Letter via the My World Vision portal or through [email protected]

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. 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 I write a letter to my sponsored child, will I get a reply?

Yes. If your sponsored child is not in an area where our programme work has been restricted by COVID-19, you will receive a reply from them in the usual timeframe. However, if your sponsored child is in an area with restrictions, it may take longer than usual to get a reply. 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.

 

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

Most sponsors will receive an annual progress report before the end of the year and many will receive an updated photo from their sponsored child. However, restrictions in some areas mean that a small number of sponsors will not receive annual progress reports and updated photos this year. We keep you updated as more information becomes available.

 

 

COVID-19 Regional Update (October 2021)

 

Asia-Pacific

Middle East and Eastern Europe

Africa

Malaysia

 

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