A crisis can strike suddenly, without warning. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and earthquakes can devastate communities, and man-made crises of conflict, social and political unrest can destabilise entire nations.

In times of crisis, local churches are uniquely placed to reach out to children in need and their families. Compassion’s partnerships with local churches mean we can respond to urgent needs with a strong understanding of who we are helping.

We will always strive to provide up-to-date information when crises occur.

Please pray for the many children and their families who are affected by crises around the world.

A crisis can strike suddenly, without warning. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and earthquakes can devastate communities, and man-made crises of conflict, social and political unrest can destabilise entire nations.

In times of crisis, local churches are uniquely placed to reach out to children in need and their families. Compassion’s partnerships with local churches mean we can respond to urgent needs with a strong understanding of who we are helping.

We will always strive to provide up-to-date information when crises occur. Please pray for the many children and their families who are affected by crises around the world.

  • Drought in Kenya

    Drought in Kenya 11 Sep, 2021

    The situation

    A worsening drought in Kenya is affecting 29 of its 47 counties. It is estimated over 1.4 million people have been impacted by the drought, with food security proving to be a rising concern.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    The Kenyan Government has begun taking measures to provide assistance to affected households. Compassion's National Office in Kenya is also closely monitoring the drought in order to come up with appropriate measures of intervention. Further updates will be provided as the situation progresses.

    Prayer

    Please pray for children and their families who are experiencing the effects of the drought in Kenya. Pray for provision and comfort during this challenging season. Pray for wisdom for the staff and leaders who are providing assistance.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update) 10 Sep, 2021

    The situation

    On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks. The most affected areas are the South, Nippes and Grand'Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Close to 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

    If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information. The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 46 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: at least 14,152

    New information

    Nearly 99% of affected children and their families have now received food, hygiene kits or cash transfers through Compassion. Many families remain displaced and in temporary shelter. The Haiti National Office staff will continue to work closely with local church partners and the Disaster Response Team to provide ongoing support and more permanent shelter for those impacted by the earthquake. Another medical team will also be visiting the affected region to provide further assistance.

    The compounded effects of an ongoing political crisis, socio-economic challenges, food insecurity and gang violence continue to worsen an already precarious situation in Haiti. UNICEF warns of a potential resurgence in water-borne diseases in south-western Haiti, where more than half a million children lack access to shelter, safe drinking water and hygiene facilities following the recent earthquake.

    Prayer

    Please keep praying for the children, families, staff and churches affected by the recent earthquake. Pray for wisdom for the leaders and helpers as they seek to provide assistance and rebuild their communities. Pray for peace, stability and strength in the nation of Haiti.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update) 07 Sep, 2021

    The situation

    On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks. The most affected areas are the South, Nippes and Grand'Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Close to 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

    If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information. The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 46 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: at least 13,703

    New information

    The dire conditions in southwestern Haiti, where more than half a million children lack access to shelter, clean water and hygiene facilities, are rapidly increasing the threat of acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, cholera and malaria, according to UNICEF. The Haitian government reports that the school year, initially scheduled to begin on September 6th, has been postponed to September 21st for the rest of the country and to October 4th in the three earthquake affected departments.

    All affected local church partners have resumed activities in their yards. They continue to provide support to children and their families through the provision of food, safe water, basic medical care, temporary shelter, safe places for children to play and careful monitoring of child protection issues. So far, 96% of impacted children and their families have received their supplies from staff.

    Aftershocks are continuing to take place in the affected region. Many whose homes are still standing are choosing to sleep outside in fear that the tremors may cause their houses to collapse. With hurricane season drawing nearer, families are hoping to repair their homes as soon as possible.

    Our Compassion Disaster Response Team will continue to assess the situation and provide updates as they become available.

    Prayer

    Please pray especially for children and families who are living outside and fearful of the upcoming hurricane season, for people who are sick or injured, for those grieving the loss of loved ones, and for strength and wisdom for local church leaders.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Hurricane Grace in Mexico (Crisis Update)

    Hurricane Grace in Mexico (Crisis Update) 07 Sep, 2021

    The situation

    In the north of Veracruz, Sierra de Veracruz and Puebla, various communities have been impacted by the effects of Hurricane Grace in late August. The hurricane has damaged or destroyed a number of houses as well as personal belongings. Electricity and phone signals are limited, further affecting communications.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 22 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 1,159

    New information

    The torrential rains caused severe flooding in the city of Xalapa. Streets, avenues and neighbourhoods were under water. Many affected towns remain without electricity and mobile phone service, as well as being cut off due to road closures. Our local church partners in Mexico are still assessing the full extent of the impacts of the hurricane in their communities. They have distributed materials for temporary shelter to children and families whose homes have been damaged.

    Prayer

    Please keep praying for the safety and provision of affected children, families, church partners and staff. Pray for strength, wisdom and peace as they recover and begin repairs.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update) 27 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks. The most affected areas are the South, Nippes and Grand'Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Close to 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

    If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information. The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 46 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: at least 12,193

    New information

    The urgent needs of the population are still drinking water, food, medicines and shelter. The government has urged people to avoid returning to cracked buildings due to frequent aftershocks since the day of the earthquake.

    All of Compassion's affected local church partners have received food and hygiene kits or other supplies for the children. So far, almost 70% of impacted children and their families have received their supplies from staff and distribution will continue throughout this week. Most of our local church partner staff have resumed normal work either from home or in the churchyards to assist impacted families and to provide updates on the disaster.

    Our Compassion Disaster Response Team will continue to assess the situation and provide updates as they become available.

    Prayer

    Please pray especially for children and families who are now living in tents, for those who are sick or injured, for those grieving the loss of loved ones and that local staff will have wisdom during this difficult time.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update) 25 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks. The most affected areas are the South, Nippes and Grand'Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Close to 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

    If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information. The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 46 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: at least 9,708

    New information

    Officials report that the death toll has now climbed above 2,200 and over 12,300 people have been injured in the earthquake. 344 people are still reported missing. The Haitian Civil Protection also reports that nearly 600,000 people need immediate humanitarian aid, though many live in areas that are difficult to access. According to the World Food Program, 77% of those affected by the earthquake live in poverty, which makes recovery from disaster all the more difficult.

    Our Compassion Haiti Medical Team travelled to the areas impacted by the earthquake in southern Haiti over the weekend. They were able to provide medical support to about 220 people during their four-day visit before returning to Port-au-Prince. Our teams on the ground also began to distribute food, water purification products, hygiene kits and basic medicines such as vitamins and antibiotics to accessible child development centres. For rural centres that are not currently accessible, the local church partner will receive cash transfers to give to children and their caregivers so that they can buy their own food and emergency supplies.

    Our Compassion Disaster Response Team will continue to assess the situation and provide updates as they become available.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for safety, healing and comfort for the affected communities in Haiti following the earthquake. Pray for strength, wisdom and courage for our local church partners, Compassion staff and Haitian leaders.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Depression Grace, Dominican Republic (Final Crisis Update)

    Tropical Depression Grace, Dominican Republic (Final Crisis Update) 21 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    Tropical Depression Grace made landfall in the Dominican Republic on August 16th, causing heavy continuous rain. The most affected area was Barahona. The National Disaster Response Team has been working with the National Office leadership in the Dominican Republic to provide support to the local church partners as they prepared for the storm and in its aftermath.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 26

    New information

    Local church partners in the Dominican Republic have completed their evaluation of the impact of Tropical Depression Grace in their communities. They have reported that 26 children in total were affected. Thankfully, no injuries were reported and no child development centres were damaged. The local church partners were able to provide relief goods and support to affected children and their families.

    Prayer

    Thank you for praying for the staff, church partners, children and families affected by Tropical Depression Grace.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Hurricane Grace in Mexico

    Hurricane Grace in Mexico 20 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    In the north of Veracruz, Sierra de Veracruz and Puebla, various communities have been impacted by the effects of Hurricane Grace. The hurricane has damaged or destroyed a number of houses as well as personal belongings. Electricity and phone signals are limited, further affecting communications.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 5 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: Not yet confirmed

    New information

    Some of Compassion's local church partners in the area have opened their doors as shelters for families in need and provided them with the necessary support. Staff are visitng families in the area to determine what the needs are and how they can help.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety and provision of affected children, families, church partners and staff.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update) 19 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks throughout the day. The most affected areas are the South, Nippes and Grand'Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Close to 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

    If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information. The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 46 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    Officials have reported that at least 1,941 people have died in the earthquake. Nearly 10,000 people have been injured. The UN estimates about 500,000 children now have limited or no access to shelter, safe water and food. It is estimated that at least 37,312 houses have been destroyed and 46,913 have been damaged in the affected regions.

    Tropical Depression Grace lashed earthquake-damaged cities on Monday night with up to ten inches of rain, further complicating the life of the families living in tents as well as the search for survivors under the rubble.

    Our Disaster Response Team has arrived safely in the earthquake devastated regions in Southern Haiti and has already visited at least five local church partners to assess the situation with local leaders. They will distribute food and hygiene kits as early as possible this week. The Compassion Haiti medical team will arrive in the affected region tomorrow to provide support to injured children, caregivers and staff.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the children and family members who have been injured, displaced or whose homes have been destroyed. Please pray for God’s comfort for those who have lost loved ones and those who are still waiting to hear their news. Pray also that aid will swiftly get to all those affected by this disaster.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Civil Strike in Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Civil Strike in Colombia (Crisis Update) 18 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    Tax reforms announced in April during the COVID-19 crisis across Colombia caused social unrest, national strikes and violent protests. Food shortages and road blockages impacted our local partners, children and families in the affected areas. In some areas, group activities were temporarily paused at child development centres to ensure the safety of staff and children. Staff kept in contact with families via phone, social media and home visits where possible.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 4 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 3,234

    New information

    Demonstrations have decreased in Colombia, road blockades on major highways have stopped and food supply chain processes are getting back to normal. However, food prices remain high. New COVID-19 cases are reported daily but the rate is decreasing. National Office staff and local church partners continue to address the multidimensional needs of children and families in Colombia at this time.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the safety of children, families, church partners, staff and the communities throughout Colombia. Pray for a peaceful resolution to the unrest.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Depression Grace, Dominican Republic

    Tropical Depression Grace, Dominican Republic 18 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    Tropical Depression Grace made landfall in the Dominican Republic on August 16th, causing heavy continuous rain. The most affected area was Barahona. The National Disaster Response Team has been working with the National Office leadership in the Dominican Republic to provide support to the local church partners as they prepared for the storm and in its aftermath.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    Our local teams on the ground are still gathering information and assessing the impact of Tropical Depression Grace on children and families in their communities. No significant impact has been reported at this stage. We will continue to provide updates as they are made available.

    Prayer

    Please pray for staff, children and families who have been impacted by Tropical Storm Grace. Pray for wisdom and strength for the Disaster Response Team as they assess the impact and provide necessary support.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake in Haiti (Crisis Update) 18 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks throughout the day. The most affected areas are the South, Nippes and Grand'Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Close to 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

    The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages. If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 46 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    Officials have confirmed at least 1,300 people have died and over 6,000 have been injured. Devastatingly, The death toll is expected to rise as the search for victims trapped under rubble continues. The current major needs of the victims are health (both physical and mental), shelter, food and clean water.

    The National Office is still working to assess the full impact of the earthquake on our local church partners and their communities. They have sent a disaster response ream to the most affected areas to provide support and make contact with every child registered in our program. The team will also deliver food and hygiene kits to children and their families.

    Currently what we know is Compassion's National Office staff in Haiti are all accounted for, though some have experienced damage to their homes and direct impacts to their family members. Devastatingly, of the 46 affected child development centres, six church buildings have been destroyed and 27 have cracked. Seven school buildings have been destroyed and 23 cracked. Six of our local offices have been destroyed and 25 cracked. The magnitude of this disaster is immense.

    Tropical Storm Grace has already made landfall in the Dominican Republic and is expected to hit Haiti today. The concern is that heavy rainfall, landslides and flooding will add to the immense challenges of communities displaced following the earthquake.

    Prayer

    Please keep praying for protection, peace, provision and strength for the local church partners, Compassion staff, children and families affected by the earthquake.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm Fred, Dominican Republic (Final Crisis Report)

    Tropical Storm Fred, Dominican Republic (Final Crisis Report) 17 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    Tropical Storm Fred made landfall in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, August 11th 2021. The most affected provinces during the storm were: La Altagracia, La Romana, Santo Domingo, San Pedro de Macoris, El Seibo, San Cristobal, Monseñor Nouel, San Jose de Ocoa, Hato Mayor, Azua, Peravia, Barahona, Sanchez Ramirez and La Vega. The storm produced heavy to moderate rains and wind conditions. Local staff were given prior notice as the storm approached and they were able to prepare their communities with safety information and procedures for before and after the storm.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 10

    New information

    The local church partners completed their evaluation of the impact of Tropical Storm Fred in their communities. Ten children in total were reported as affected, but thankfully none were injured. These children and their families are receiving additional support for house repairs and the provision of relief goods and household items.

    Prayer

    Thank you for praying for the safety of children, staff and families in the Dominican Republic following the recent tropical storm.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in Haiti

    Earthquake in Haiti 16 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks throughout the day. The Haitian government has declared a one-month state of emergency in the West, South, Nippes and Grand'Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Approximately 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

    In addition to determining the impact of the earthquake, we are also monitoring Tropical Depression Grace, which is forecasted to affect at least portions of Haiti on Monday.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages. If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information. Initial reports from the Compassion Haiti National Office staff have indicated that while all staff are physically unharmed, some have had their houses either destroyed or cracked.

    While the National Office works to understand the full impact of the earthquake, they are also working with local church partners to provide medical aid, food and hygiene kits to affected children, families and staff as quickly as possible.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the local church partners, Compassion staff, children and families affected by the earthquake, particularly as they grapple with memories from the devastation caused by the earthquake in 2010 that killed over 200,000 people. Pray for God's peace, provision and comfort.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm Fred, Dominican Republic

    Tropical Storm Fred, Dominican Republic 11 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    Tropical Storm Fred made landfall in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, August 11th 2021. The most affected provinces during the storm were: La Altagracia, La Romana, Santo Domingo, San Pedro de Macoris, El Seibo, San Cristobal, Monseñor Nouel, San Jose de Ocoa, Hato Mayor, Azua, Peravia, Barahona, Sanchez Ramirez and La Vega. The storm is producing heavy to moderate rains and wind conditions. Local staff were given prior notice as the storm approached and they were able to prepare their communities with safety information and procedures for before and after the storm.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    The National Disaster Response Team has been actively monitoring this event since the first announcement of a potential tropical storm. Local church partners were notified accordingly and were able to take all measures possible to protect their communities and facilities. No significant impact has been reported at this stage, however local partners will continue to closely monitor and communicate their situation.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of children, staff and families in the Dominican Republic following the recent tropical storm.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains in Bolivar and Córdoba in Colombia

    Heavy Rains in Bolivar and Córdoba in Colombia 10 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy rains in the northern part of Colombia in mid-August caused damage to homes and belongings in Bolivar and Córdoba. The Cauca River overflowed causing flooding in several other municipalities.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 2 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 262

    New information

    Our local church partners have been working with the National Office to assess the impact and deliver appropriate support to affected children and their families. Relief items such as food kits and mattresses have been delivered.

    Prayer

    Please pray for those affected by the recent heavy rains and flooding in Colombia as they recover.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Hurricane Elsa Causes Strong Winds and Rain in Colombia (Final Crisis Report)

    Hurricane Elsa Causes Strong Winds and Rain in Colombia (Final Crisis Report) 08 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    Hurricane Elsa passed through the Caribbean in early July, causing heavy rain, strong winds and flooding in Northern Colombia. Local church partners assessed the impact of the hurricane to children and families in thir communities in order to determine their immediate needs.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 216

    New information

    Compassion Colombia's emergency team provided guidance for the delivery of aid to affected children and their families, such as food, water, household items and materials to repair damages to their homes.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayer over Colombia following Hurricane Elsa. Please continue to pray for those affected as they recover and repair any damage.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in the Piura Region, Peru (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake in the Piura Region, Peru (Crisis Update) 08 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    On July 30th, the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) reported an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in the Piura Region of Peru. Local church partners are working with the government to assess the impact of the earthquake in their communities. At least 28 mild aftershocks have been recorded.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 84

    New information

    Affected children and families have been provided with emergency shelter, food, coats, tents and supplies. Some families have been able to return home safely. Those whose homes were damaged will be supported through Critical Needs funding to ensure repairs and emergency support can be provided.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of affected children, staff and families in Peru following the recent earthquake.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Social and Political Upheaval in Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Social and Political Upheaval in Haiti (Crisis Update) 06 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    After the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on 7th July, the country was plunged further into turmoil. Gang violence, economic uncertainty, fuel shortages and a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases has caused social and political unrest throughout the country. As a precautionary measure, Compassion Haiti offices were temporarily closed and local staff worked from home to assist children and their families remotely.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    The situation is beginning to stabilise and local staff are able to return to their offices. Many will continue to work from home where possible. As a precautionary measure, staff will continue to support children and families through home visits for the time being. Normal program activities will recommence gradually.

    Prayer

    Please keep praying for the safety of affected children, staff and families in Haiti. Please pray for peace to prevail in Haiti.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flash Flooding in South-Eastern Bangladesh (Final Crisis Report)

    Flash Flooding in South-Eastern Bangladesh (Final Crisis Report) 03 Aug, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy rain over four consecutive days in late July caused rivers to overflow and resulted in flash flooding in some areas of South-Eastern Bangladesh. Some families sadly lost their entire homes in the floods. Affected children and families were provided with emergency relief items.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 48

    New information

    Local partners offered comfort, support and supplies to those affected by the floods in their communities. The water levels are reported to have receded in some areas now. Families who have not yet been able to return safely to their homes are being cared for in temporary shelters.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayers for families and local partners impacted by the recent flooding. Please continue to pray for these communities as they grapple with floods, poverty and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake in the Piura Region, Peru

    Earthquake in the Piura Region, Peru 30 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    On July 30th, an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 was reported in the Piura Region of Peru. Local church partners worked with the government to assess the impact of the earthquake in their communities and provide emergency support to those affected.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    Affected children and families are being provided with emergency shelter, food and supplies. Local staff will keep us informed of updates once they know more about the situation and the impact.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of affected children, staff and families in Peru following the recent earthquake.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flash Flooding in South-Eastern Bangladesh

    Flash Flooding in South-Eastern Bangladesh 29 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy rain over four consecutive days in late July, and the subsequent rise in river water levels, have resulted in flash flooding in some areas of South-Eastern Bangladesh. Some families have sadly had their entire home swept away by the floods.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 48

    New information

    Children and families affected by the flash flooding have been provided with temporary shelter, as well as rice, lentils, oil, potatoes and other essential relief items. The water level is beginning to recede and our local partners are working hard to support affected families as best they can. The situation is worsened by the growing COVID-19 crisis in Bangladesh.

    Prayer

    Please pray for peace, comfort and safety for children, families and staff impacted by the recent flooding.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Fire in Wonji-Shewa Town, Ethiopia (Crisis Update)

    Fire in Wonji-Shewa Town, Ethiopia (Crisis Update) 28 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    On the 22nd March, the town of Wonji experienced an electrical fire in a densely populated area. The fire destroyed some homes, property and livestock of local families.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 10

    New information

    The local church partners provided emotional support and essential relief items to affected children and their families. They will continue to monitor the impacts to these families and provide appropriate ongoing support.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the affected children and families as they recover from damages and losses.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Kagera, Tanzania

    Flooding in Kagera, Tanzania 20 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Throughout May and July, the Kagera region of Tanzania experienced heavy rainfall. Subsequent flooding caused extensive damage to many homes, shelters, household items and livelihoods.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    Local church partners in Tanzania have provided emergency food supplies and temporary shelter to affected children and their families. Staff continue to assess the extent of the damage caused by the flooding, to ensure the right support can be provided to families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the children, families and staff in the Kagera region of Tanzania after the recent floods.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Floods in Sintang, Indonesia

    Floods in Sintang, Indonesia 15 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy flooding throughout July has impacted areas around the Kapuas River and Melawi River in Sintang, West Kalimantan. Local church partners have been closely monitoring the flooding to ensure they can support any children and families who may be affected.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 4 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    At this stage, no children or families have been directly impacted by the flooding. Local staff will continue to monitor the situation and keep us updated should there be any further changes.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of affected children, staff and families in Indonesia during this time of flooding.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flood in Pontianak, Indonesia

    Flood in Pontianak, Indonesia 14 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy rain and flooding occurred in Pontianak on July 14th. Some of our local church partners in the affected area temporarily closed due to the impacts of the flooding.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 4 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 3

    New information

    Local staff have reported some damage to homes, belongings and one of the local child development centres. They have provided relief goods to the affected children and their families, such as food and medicine.

    Prayer

    Please pray for our church partners, children and families in Pontianak following the recent floods. Pray for provision for those that have experienced damage to their homes and belongings. Pray for wisdom and peace for local staff as they support those who were affected.

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  • Rivers Overflowed in Recife and Paraiba, Brazil (Final Crisis Update)

    Rivers Overflowed in Recife and Paraiba, Brazil (Final Crisis Update) 13 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Due to heavy rain and frequent flooding throughout May and June, the rivers Rio Tejipió and Rio Jaguaribe in Brazil overflowed into the towns of Recife and Joaão Pessoa. Many families lost their homes and temporarily sheltered in local churches and other facilities.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 163

    New information

    The impacts of the flooding has taken a heavy emotional toll on the affected children and families. Local church partners arranged for counselling to be available for those who need it. Families have now been able to return to their homes safely and have continued to receive relief goods based upon need.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayers for children, families and staff affected by the flooding in Brazil.

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  • Social and Political Upheaval in Haiti

    Social and Political Upheaval in Haiti 13 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated during a raid on his home on 7th July. It is reported his wife was also wounded. This has occurred during a time of turmoil for Haiti, with gang violence, economic uncertainty and a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases causing social and political unrest throughout the country. The Haitian government has declared a state of siege, closing the border for travel and imposing martial law.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    As a precautionary measure, Compassion Haiti offices have been temporarily closed, though staff are well equipped to be able to continue working from home. Interruptions to our programs in Haiti may occur, however local church partners will continue to deliver food and hygiene kits and check on families — either virtually or in person — as allowed. The priority of our local staff is to ensure the safety and protection of children and their families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of affected children, staff and families in Haiti at this time. Please pray for peace to prevail in Haiti.

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  • Flooding in North Western Sri Lanka (Final Crisis Update)

    Flooding in North Western Sri Lanka (Final Crisis Update) 12 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Torrential rains, strong winds and flooding throughout May and June have caused damage in North Western Sri Lanka. Many homes were flooded and damaged as a result. Local partners supported families in their communities through the provision of relief goods and emotional support. Relief efforts were made more challenging by COVID-19 restrictions and curfews.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 3 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 832

    New information

    The flooding has now subsided and local partners have been able to make contact with all impacted children and families and offer appropriate support. Unfortunately, the flooding has proved devastating to families already living in extreme poverty during a pandemic.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the protection and provision of affected children, families and local partners as they recover from the flooding in Sri Lanka.

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  • Hurricane Elsa Causes Strong Winds and Rain in Colombia

    Hurricane Elsa Causes Strong Winds and Rain in Colombia 10 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Hurricane Elsa passed through the Caribbean in early July, causing heavy rain and strong winds in Northern Colombia. Some rivers and creeks have overflowed and caused flooding around areas including Magdalena, Bolivar and Barranquilla. Several homes have been damaged as a result.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 189

    New information

    Local church partners have been assessing the impact of the hurricane to children and families in order to determine their immediate needs.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the local staff in Colombia as the determine the impact of the hurricane and provide support to affected children and families in their communities.

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  • Heavy Rains in the Colombian Coasts (Final Crisis Report)

    Heavy Rains in the Colombian Coasts (Final Crisis Report) 09 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    Recent heavy rains, wind and flooding in Colombia affected a number of coastal cities such as Uraba, Cordoba and Sucre. The wind and floods damaged the roofs of some homes and buildings.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 90

    New information

    Local church parnters in the affected areas have supported children and families by providing immediate relief goods and securing local resources to provide additional aid and home repairs.

    Prayer

    Thank you for praying for the affected children, staff and families in Colombia.

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  • Heavy Rain and Flooding in Adamorobe, Ghana (Final Crisis Report)

    Heavy Rain and Flooding in Adamorobe, Ghana (Final Crisis Report) 08 Jul, 2021

    The situation

    On June 22nd, there was a heavy downpour of rain in Adamorobe, Ghana. This resulted in flooding that significantly damaged homes, food stocks and belongings. Local staff assisted the affected children and families through the provision of relief items such as food, books, school supplies and mattresses.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 26

    New information

    The local church partner also engaged counsellors for the affected children and their families to provide additional spiritual and emotional support following the flooding.

    Prayer

    Thank you for praying for those affected by the flooding in Ghana.

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  • Civil Strike in Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Civil Strike in Colombia (Crisis Update) 29 Jun, 2021

    The situation

    Tax reforms announced in April during the COVID-19 crisis across Colombia have caused social unrest and violent protests. The largest trade unions called for a national strike to oppose these tax measures. Food shortages, caused by looting, and road blockages have impacted local partners, children and families in the affected areas.

    The National Office has been providing training on safety to the local churches. Families and children have been encouraged not to travel, if possible, to avoid the violence. Staff are keeping in contact with families via phone and social media and finding ways to safely deliver relief items. Local staff have also set aside specific prayer time on Tuesdays to pray for the situation. Some affected child development centres have temporaily paused group activities until it is safe to resume. Project Facilitators are closely monitoring the situation.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 4 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 3,231

    New information

    The National Strike committee reached a 'pre-agreement' with the government on June 15th and stated that they would no longer block highways, after several weeks of blockades. However, gang violence persists in some cities. Trucks are now able to enter small and medium-sized cities to deliver food. Unfortunately, food prices are still high and many families cannot afford three meals a day. COVID-19 cases are increasing again and the local healthcare systems are strained. Local staff continue to monitor the situation and do what they can to safely support affected children and families.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the safety of children, families, church partners, staff and the communities throughout Colombia. Pray for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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  • Strong winds in Pagouda, Togo

    Strong winds in Pagouda, Togo 24 Jun, 2021

    The situation

    On May 3rd, there was a violent wind in Pagouda, Togo. This wind caused considerable damage to several of Compassion's Child Development Centres (TG0128 and TG0921) and has impacted children and families in the area. The main classroom building, training hall and solar lamp systems were damaged. Unfortunately, some local houses and food stocks were also damaged by the wind.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 2 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 22

    New information

    The local church partners visited local families to assess the impact of the winds and provide support as needed. Staff assisted those affected through the provision of mats, blankets, household items, emotional support and food. Local funds were also raised to repair the damaged classrooms.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the affected children, families and staff as they recover from damages and losses caused by the wind.

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  • Unrest and Violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Unrest and Violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Crisis Update) 24 Jun, 2021

    The situation

    During the last week of March, violent confrontations began between armed groups in the neighborhoods of Bel-Air and Galette Greffin, causing fires that damaged many homes. Many families in the affected areas have temporarily relocated to stay with friends or relatives to flee the violence. Local staff provided assistance through the provision of relief items, as needed, as well as offering post-trauma counselling and spiritual support.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 2 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 186

    New information

    The situation remains challenging and families are still displaced from their homes. Gang violence continues to disrupt and impact life on a daily basis. Despite that ongoing crisis, the local staff have made sure that all affected children receive hygiene and food kits. Hand washing posts have been put in strategic locations. Psychologist practitioners are also available for the affected children and staff members. Online content is being delivered through social media to allow curriculum and vocational activities to continue.

    Prayer

    Please pray for a peaceful resolution to the violence. Continue praying God's protection, provision and comfort over affected families and staff.

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  • Flooding in General Santos City

    Flooding in General Santos City 22 Jun, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy rains on May 18th caused considerable flooding that damaged properties and facilities in the city of General Santos in the Philippines. Some households were evacuated and temporarily sheltered elsewhere until the flooding subsided.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 37

    New information

    Local church partners worked with local authorities to assist with rescue and evacuation efforts, as well as cleaning and repairs after the damage had occurred. The families who were evacuated have now safely returned to their homes and have received the necessary support they require to recover.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the staff, children and families who were affected by the flooding.

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  • Heavy rain and flooding in Adamorobe, Ghana

    Heavy rain and flooding in Adamorobe, Ghana 22 Jun, 2021

    The situation

    On June 22nd, there was a heavy downpour of rain in Adamorobe, Ghana. This resulted in flooding that significantly damaged homes, food stocks and belongings. Local staff have assessed the damage and impacts to children and families in the area. All children and families are safe, however many have lost their personal belongings—including clothes, shoes and books—as the rains swept through their homes. These families have temporarily moved to stay with relatives, church leaders or friends.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 26

    New information

    The local church has set up a visitation and monitoring team to visit affected children periodically and assess their wellbeing. Additionally, the church partner has engaged counsellors for the affected children and their families to provide additional spiritual and emotional support following the flooding.

    Prayer

    Please pray for those affected by the flooding in Ghana. Pray for God's provision, comfort and peace as the recover.

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  • Unrest and Violence in Martissant, Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Unrest and Violence in Martissant, Haiti (Crisis Update) 22 Jun, 2021

    The situation

    At the beginning of June, a series of violent confrontations between armed rival groups occurred in a densely populated area of Port-au-Prince known as Martissant. In recent months, violence and unrest has been disrupting daily life right across the city, with many families temporarily relocating to stay with friends or relatives. The whole country has felt the impact of the situation as there is a national road connecting the southern region of the country and Port-au-Prince which has been blocked.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 44

    New information

    The situation remains challenging. Families have not yet been able to safely return to their homes, however they are receiving supplies and support from local church partners and the wider community. Many schools, businesses and roads remain closed.

    Prayer

    Please continue praying for the safety and protection of children, families and church partners living near the unrest. Please pray for peace and comfort.

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