Latin
America
& the
Caribbean

Regional Report
Fiscal Year 2020

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Letter From Edouard Lassègue

Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean Region

We are living in an unprecedented time. The COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving crisis that has impacted all of us, no matter the country. I will not mince words — our region has been hit very hard by the virus. Caregivers have found themselves without jobs, precious lives of loved ones have been lost, and the impacts are predicted to push the most vulnerable into deeper poverty for years to come.

I am reminded of a verse from Isaiah, that even in the wasteland, our mighty God can do new things. We can trust in him even when our path is rocky and uncharted. We can have faith that he will make a way. Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) says:

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

For Compassion Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), I believe he is still doing new things. The hardships continue, but I am so proud of our staff, donors, and volunteers who stepped up in tremendous ways this past fiscal year to serve the neediest. These stories deserve to be celebrated.

We have decided to do things differently this year. Instead of giving you a printed regional report, we are showcasing our fiscal year 2020 (FY20) highlights online. Our hope is that you will share this site with your friends and family.

When the pandemic hit, we knew we needed to shift our priorities to ensure we kept meeting the critical needs of our children, youth and their families.

Our first priority was to maintain household food security. Parents have lost their jobs and without an income, it is difficult to put food on the table. That is why we have delivered over 3,965,000 food kits to vulnerable families , as well as offering income generation skills and support.

We are also committed to the health needs of the children and families — providing medical supplies, masks and hand sanitizers. Since COVID-19 began, we have distributed over 2,020,000 hygiene kits. In Ecuador, you can read about a group of alumni offering telehealth medical care. We are also helping cover the medicine and health care expenses of children who have become ill – and so far, we have provided over $174,000 in health care support.

Child protection is also at the forefront of our minds as families quarantine in close proximity. We have led virtual tutorials and provided practical guides that address family conflict resolution and living together without violence. In Brazil, we had over 350,000 church, youth and family members participate in an online campaign raising awareness on fighting child and youth abuse.

The tutors and pastors are dedicated to delivering program content and engaging families in creative ways — whether through youth mentoring through social networks, hosting a virtual symphony, or parents co-facilitating lesson workbooks.

While we celebrate these accomplishments over the last fiscal year, we also acknowledge the pain and grief for the families who have lost loved ones, are battling illness, or facing economic uncertainty. Compassion’s commitment to releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name is more important than ever.

Would you pray for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region? I hope you are encouraged as you read these stories and learn more about how God is doing new things, even in the wasteland.

Edouard Lassègue
Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean Region
Compassion International

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Bolivia

96,192 children/youth

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Brazil

59,020 children/youth

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Colombia

95,535 children/youth

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Dominican Republic

69,426 children/youth

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Ecuador

100,369 children/youth

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El Salvador

66,677 children/youth

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Guatemala

62,018 children/youth

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Haiti

125,932 children/youth

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Honduras

60,326 children/youth

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Mexico

58,758 children/youth

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Nicaragua

68,479 children/youth

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Peru

85,932 children/youth

Fiscal Year by the Numbers

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Ongoing & Individual Complementary Interventions (CIVs)
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Read the Stories

Guatemala

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Skippy Magazine

Compassion Guatemala created Skippy Magazine for kids who don’t have access to technology with fun, educational content and monthly food supplies.

Haiti

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An Inspiring Motivation

Woodens has big dreams to become a computer engineer. Thanks to the computer science program at his Compassion center, he has the tools he needs to thrive.

Nicaragua

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Hope After Political Crisis

When a socio-political crisis devastated the community of La Flor, the local church stepped into action to restore health to children and help families get back on their feet.

Ecuador

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Piglets to the Rescue

How could pigs save families during the COVID-19 pandemic? One Frontline Church Partner found a way to help families provide for their kids despite challenges.

Dominican Republic

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Water Plant Saves Lives

For years, the people of Miracielo did not have access to clean water — until a Frontline Church Partner installed a water plant that completely changed the community.

Brazil

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Humanitarian Aid

Brazil has the second-highest rates of COVID-19 in the world, and many hospitals are under-resourced. Compassion donated US$40,000 for humanitarian aid.    

Peru

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Delivering Hope

Felix Velasquez and his friends make time in their busy schedules to serve those who are suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Protection

At Compassion, we take child protection very seriously.

During times of quarantine, we know that children may be more vulnerable to abuse and violence at home. However, Compassion’s church partners are actively working with parents, caregivers, and children to educate them on preventing and reporting abuse.

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Isolated Yet Protected

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Vanessa Viotti, National Director of Compassion Brazil, holds a poster in support of the awareness campaign against sexual violence against children and adolescents.

Compassion Brazil has reached hundreds through their social media campaign, “Isolated But Not Unprotected.” Church partners are encouraging families to create videos, posters and songs that show how each family can play a part in the fight against sexual violence in their own home and their community.

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Project Director Goes the Extra Mile

Bolivia
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Project Director, Claudia, suffered from physical mistreatment in her youth and does not want other children to suffer. She explained, "What I lived through drives me to step in when I see a child being hurt, if someone is doing something bad to them, if there is an injustice."

Compassion Alumna and Project Director, Claudia has a heart for vulnerable children. In her 15 years of serving at Compassion’s church partner she has intervened in situations of child exploitation and abuse. As the only staff member from the center with permission from the authorities to move around the community, Claudia has been checking on each child, taking them food baskets, and spending time with them (at a distance).