COVID-19: How HopeChest is Working to Help Protect CarePoint Children
Give where it is needed most.
We are all aware of the news reports and media attention surrounding the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Children’s HopeChest, as an organization, is doing everything we can to take appropriate precautions and respond from a place of prudence and wisdom. Here in the U.S., our international HQ staff, located in Colorado, is now working remotely to help prevent transmission and spread of the virus. We are severely limiting staff travel and we have postponed our 25th Anniversary celebration event.
Having noted all the above, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of CarePoint children, in-country staff, parents, guardians, and communities. At present, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 with individuals related to any of our CarePoints. Below are measures we are taking to protect our valued CarePoint children and their communities.
When HopeChest leadership met via video-conference with Country Directors this past week, they were already putting plans and measures into place, establishing them in a position ahead of the curve. We developed some uniform best practices, shared useful resources and established basic protocols allowing for cross-cultural adaptation. Here’s how we are taking precautions in-country to keep CarePoint children and their families safe:
- Implementation of enhanced detailed hygiene procedures and training at CarePoints.
- Proactive operational plans and procedures for the CarePoints.
- Awareness of news of the virus from reputable news sources. Country Directors are on “full alert” to news about COVID-19 as it pertains to their country.
- As announced last week, we are pausing our partners’ international travel plans for the next six weeks to prohibit the potential spread of COVID-19 to our partnered CarePoints. This timeframe is subject (and likely) to change based on how the virus impacts each country and each country’s quarantine procedures.
We are continuously monitoring news from reputable news sources (cdc.gov and who.int) and are getting advice from key country health officials.
We pray that each and every HopeChest child, their caregivers, their communities and our staff stay healthy. We pray that you, your family, and your community stay healthy, strong in your faith and that this is an opportunity that we all can show the love and light of Christ in this time of trial and darkness. Through diligence and responsible care for ourselves and each other, and reliance on our Lord, we will get through this and emerge stronger.
Psalm 33:20-22 (NLT)
We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.
In His grip,
CEO & President