COVID-19 has changed how many of us live – and the children and families we serve around the world are no exception. As we continue to adapt to the changing situation in each country where we work, we’ve added a new, important program: PPE distributions!
As mask regulations came into effect around the world, we were seeing kids with little more than rags tied around their faces. Often these masks were full of holes and not even very clean – we’re sure they weren’t doing much to slow the spread of COVID-19. It was clear the simple requirement to cover faces in public was a burden our families weren’t equipped to meet.
So, we put together a package including a new, clean face mask, and a supply of soap so that each child can keep both their hands and their mask clean!
But the best part is how those healthy meals bring more kids to the Life Center!
Along with protective gear, we’re also including a special devotional reminding each recipient that Jesus is our only true source of peace in troubled times like these. Our kids have faced so much upheaval in the last few months. Our biggest desire is that they would turn to Jesus for comfort and hope and that their faith would grow stronger as a result of this pandemic. Pairing Bible teaching with our PPE deliveries is an excellent opportunity to point kids to Christ!
We started delivering these PPE packages first in Peru, a country that has been particularly hard-hit by the virus. We have sadly seen a number of COVID cases in our Peru community, and have mourned alongside our kids when they’ve lost parents, teachers, relatives, and friends. We’ve also seen God work true miracles in Peru, as patients recovered even after the doctors had given up hope. As these masks reach each child, we’re praying they would be miracles too, keeping the kids safe and healthy in the weeks and months ahead!
We’ve also started delivering PPE packages in Uganda, and plan to move on to our other locations soon. These PPE deliveries often occur alongside food or water filter deliveries. With the loss of work due to lockdown measures, many families and children are left in truly desperate circumstances. By providing basic needs like food, water, and now face masks, we’re reminding kids that someone cares about them. And by pairing it all with the Gospel message, we’re able to provide hope not only for today but for eternity too!
Childcare Worldwide is grateful to partner with generous people all over the world to help children in need. If you’re interested helping children in need survive and thrive during Covid-19, donate today!