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.

  • Heavy Rain and Flooding in Buenaventura, Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Heavy Rain and Flooding in Buenaventura, Colombia (Crisis Update) 05 Sep, 2019

    New information

    Rains continue in Buenaventura.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local (church) partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 23

    Some Compassion assisted children continue to live in their relatives homes. The church has assessed each affected home to provide better cost estimates for repairs; the church also continues to support families with food, emotional and spiritual support, and managing local resources for home repairs. Additionally, the National Office has worked on a disaster relief plan.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of our children and the recovery efforts in this area.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Epidemiological Dengue Alert in the Dominican Republic (Crisis Update)

    Epidemiological Dengue Alert in the Dominican Republic (Crisis Update) 04 Sep, 2019

    New information

    New cases of Dengue fever continue across the country. The Ministry of Health held a National Day against Dengue in order to help mitigate the outbreak across the country.

    Global Compassion impact

    Sadly, two more Compassion assisted children have passed away. The affected centres started making use of local resources to buy mosquito nets, chlorine and repellent to deliver them to vulnerable beneficiaries in the communities. The National Office will cover some of the expenses as well. Some Compassion centres have gone to every home in the community to orient families on prevention, especially considering the rain forecasted. Furthermore, the Health Specialist continues to work the Partnership Managers and Partnership Facilitators to analyze each case for potential response.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety and protection of our children and the success of the prevention campaign.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Dengue Epidemic, Philippines (Crisis Report)

    Dengue Epidemic, Philippines (Crisis Report) 04 Sep, 2019

    New information

    Dengue cases among children continue to increase; 118 Compassion assisted children have been affected. Sadly, two children have lost their lives to the disease. The largest number of cases remains in the Sorsogon area, with 32 currently reported.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the protection and healing for our children and church partners throughout the Philippines.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Demonstrations in Jayapura, East Indonesia

    Demonstrations in Jayapura, East Indonesia 29 Aug, 2019

    The situation

    Allegations of racism against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java have started demonstrations and riots in Jayapura. Buildings, such as post offices, government offices, gas stations, office buildings, and hotels were burn and attacked with pellets. Hundreds of people were involved in the protests.

    Global Compassion impact

    Seven Compassion centres have postponed activities for the safety of the children.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains and Flooding, Talomo River, Davao City, Philippines

    Heavy Rains and Flooding, Talomo River, Davao City, Philippines 29 Aug, 2019

    The situation

    Heavy rains caused flooding in the Talomo River. A total of nearly 550 families were displaced from their homes in Davao City. Many of the families were located in the low lying areas, more prone to flooding.

    Global Compassion impact

    At least five families of registered children were affected. The Compassion centre is conducting assessments to determine the needs of the families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the provision and wisdom of city leaders to appropriately respond to needs.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Epidemiological Dengue Alert in the Dominican Republic (Crisis Update)

    Epidemiological Dengue Alert in the Dominican Republic (Crisis Update) 28 Aug, 2019

    New information

    New cases of dengue fever continue to increase throughout the 25 provinces that are under a Yellow Alert.

    Global Compassion impact

    Six more Compassion assisted children have been identified as affected by dengue. They were treated and are now stable. The Dominican Republic Health Specialist had meetings with the affected Compassion cenres and a prevention talk with caregivers at one child development centre. Eight centres are managing prevention campaigns and have identified resources needed for these efforts (e.g. mosquito nets, chlorine, repellent, fumigation, etc.). These should be provided with Compassion funding. The centres had cleaning and awareness days during the past weekend, as a way to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety and protection of our children and the success of the prevention campaign.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak in Bangladesh (Crisis Update)

    Dengue Fever Outbreak in Bangladesh (Crisis Update) 28 Aug, 2019

    New information

    One more child has been affected by dengue fever and being treated at a local hospital.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety and protection of our children in Bangladesh.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm in Ilocos Norte, Philippines

    Tropical Storm in Ilocos Norte, Philippines 24 Aug, 2019

    The situation

    Ilocos Norte was placed under a state of calamity on 24 August, after Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) and the southwest monsoon brought heavy rains that caused massive flooding in the province. Initial estimates of damage to infrastructure were around P158 million ($3 million USD), while agricultural damage was estimated around P10.3 million ($200,000 USD).

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local (church) partners affected: 4 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 58

    Local Compassion centres have provided relief goods to the affected children and their families. Thankfully, there have been no reports of destroyed homes, only agricultural livelihoods were affected due to flooding. Also, no Compassion assisted children were sent to evacuation centers.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the families recovering from the disaster.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Dengue Epidemiological Alert in the Dominican Republic (Crisis Update)

    Dengue Epidemiological Alert in the Dominican Republic (Crisis Update) 23 Aug, 2019

    New information

    The Ministry of health reported that 27 of 32 provinces in the Dominican Republic are now in an alert situation. They are developing a series of measures to prevent dengue fever proliferation such as with house spraying, hospital staff training, and removal of junk that could serve as mosquito breeding sites.

    Global Compassion impact

    11 more cases of dengue fever have been reported from three child development centres. They have been treated and are now in stable condition. Unfortunately, one more child has passed away of dengue fever, due to complications from another medical condition. The Health Specialist continues to work with the Compassion staff and preparing materials for a dengue prevention campaign.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety and protection of our children and church partners throughout the Dominican Republic.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm, Nicaragua

    Tropical Storm, Nicaragua 23 Aug, 2019

    The situation

    Much of Nicaragua has experienced poor weather conditions due to the tropical wave number 29, a low pressure system, heavy rains, wind and strong thunderstorms since 15 August.

    Global Compassion impact

    16 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    The staff are visiting children to assess damage and needs of the affected families. The families homes have been most affected with roof deterioration, loss of personal items, and other damages. Plastic was distributed to provide some coverage during the storms. Some families have already returned to their homes since the worst of the storm has now passed. Most of the homes are still vulnerable to severe weather damage so the church will continue monitoring the situation.

    Prayer

    Please pray for Nicaragua staff as they distribute the necessary supplies and the affected children and their families.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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