We at Chalice are closely monitoring updates on the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are working diligently to ensure that our operations continue safely. We will continue to update all of our supporters with the most recent information we have regarding our response to COVID-19.
-Our head office in Bedford, Nova Scotia, is currently closed to all visitors as a safety precaution until further notice.
-We are still open during our regular hours, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. AST, Monday to Friday. As of September 30, 2020, most of our staff are currently working back in office with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing practices, but some may still be away from the office due COVID 19 related circumstances.
-All Parish appeals are suspended until further notice due to the Canadian government’s recommendation to limit social gatherings.
-All international staff travel is suspended until further notice.
-Our missions have been cancelled until further notice. We cannot reasonably plan for our next mission until the pandemic has passed, international travel restrictions are lifted, and travel would not expose our Chalice family (in Canada and abroad) to an unreasonable level of risk. For now, we are cancelling our previously scheduled mission trips to India and Ukraine. Hopefully by the spring of 2021, we will be able to plan for our missions once again, at which time, our India and Ukraine trips will be a priority, with a goal of hosting one mission in the fall of 2021.
-We are working diligently to ensure that all of our programs continue to run effectively, and that all donations and funds continue to be sent to our sponsor sites in a timely manner.
Sponsored children updates
-Some areas in Africa such as Kenya and Zambia are attempting to resume traditional education for children, but this remains difficult as travel restrictions remain in place. Cases continue to rise and testing is limited.
-Staff and students are currently looking at the best ways to return to in-person work and school schedules while limiting physical contact and comply with social distancing.
Our sites will continue to monitor the situation and fully comply with all directives put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
-Haiti has closed its borders to all international travel from Europe, USA, and Canada. The border with the Dominican Republic is closed. All parent group meetings and large site gatherings are suspended until further notice. Families struggle with rising food prices due to pandemic.
-Many areas are still in a state of emergency and many schools are still closed until further notice. In Bolivia, cases are rising quickly. Many areas still have curfews and mobility restrictions. Staff who can are working from home, and some of our site offices are still open with a restricted staff.
-India’s cases are rising quickly, and there are many quarantine zones active for families around our sites. There are enhanced sanitation and social distancing measures in place at our sites. Many staff are working from home.
-On some of the islands there are no COVID cases, but travel throughout the islands poses a risk of transmission. Schools are attempting to welcome children back to schools, but with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation. There are no large gatherings or family circle meetings.
What can I do to help?
If you wish to support families and children at our sites facing challenges related to COVID-19, you can donate to our emergency COVID-19 relief fund.
There are also other ways to help. Thanks to our many previously existing projects and programs regarding clean water, health, hygiene and sanitation, many of our sponsor sites have good knowledge of proper hygiene practices. You can help support these initiatives by:
Please join us in prayer for the health and safety of our sponsored children and their families, the communities where we work, our staff and supporters around the world, and all of those affected by the virus:
“Heavenly Father, during this time of anxiety and distress, we ask for your protection for our sponsored children and elderly, our supporters, staff, volunteers, and all who are burdened in any way by this pandemic. Bless all who are now sick and bring them quickly to restoration of good health. Shield and protect all healthcare workers. Guide governments in their decisions and help them to work together to contain the disease and stop the spread. Welcome into your Kingdom all who have died and bring comfort to their families.
Most Holy Trinity, we place all our hope in you. You are our strength and our shield; in You our hearts trust; so we are helped and our hearts exult; and with our song we give thanks to You. (Psalm 28:7)”
COVID-19 informational resources:
For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following websites:
Government of Canada
World Health Organization