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.

  • September Flooding: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    September Flooding: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 17 Nov, 2017

    Ongoing rains in Sri Lanka continue to affect Compassion assisted children and their families.

    Four local partners and 258 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Local partners are supporting children and their families with recovery efforts.

    Please pray for encouragement and protection for our children in Sri Lanka.

    Compassion Sri Lanka will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Pasig City Fire: the Philippines

    Pasig City Fire: the Philippines 17 Nov, 2017

    Faulty wiring caused a neighborhood fire in Pasig City, Philippines (part of Metro Manila) on 25 October 2017. Homes in the area are built with light materials that allowed the fire to spread rapidly, affecting 124 families. Those affected stayed at an evacuation center at a basketball court in the days following the fire.

    Local officials and other charitable organisations responded immediately with bedding, food rations, used clothing, uniforms, blankets and mats. City health officials also cared for those in need of health assistance.

    One local church partner and 19 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Local church staff from PH0294 have visited affected children and their families. They have provided school bags and supplies, shoes, underwear and hygiene kits to beneficiaries and their siblings. Church leadership also hope to provide kitchen utensils and cooking equipment to families.

    The majority of families are choosing to stay in the burned area, putting up temporary shelters, despite the danger and orders from the property owner. Others are rebuilding, renting a small space near the community or have been forced to resettle outside of Metro Manila. In some cases, children are staying with relatives in the area, so they can continue their schooling.

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

    Compassion Philippines will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains: Uganda (Crisis Update)

    Heavy Rains: Uganda (Crisis Update) 16 Nov, 2017

    Compassion assisted children in Uganda affected by heavy rains in September have received support, and Compassion Uganda field staff are working on gathering impact details.

    Four local church partners and 75 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

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

    Compassion Uganda will keep us updated as more impact data becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Magdalena: Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Magdalena: Colombia (Crisis Update) 16 Nov, 2017

    Heavy rains have increased again in Magdalena, and Compassion assisted children from five child development centres have been affected.

    Two local church partners and 530 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Another 400 Compassion assisted children are believed to be affected.

    Church partners are visiting the affected children to assess their needs.

    The Compassion Colombia field office anticipates requesting additional funds to support relief efforts.

    Please continue to pray for children and families affected by flooding in Colombia.

    Compassion Colombia will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake: Mexico (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake: Mexico (Crisis Update) 09 Nov, 2017

    Two months after the 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico, the situation remains unstable. There have been nearly 10,000 aftershocks, causing damaged buildings to collapse and delaying reconstruction efforts.

    Water and electricity services are not stable, and schools and public places remain closed. Many people are living on the streets and sleeping in tents, camps or shelters. The stress and anxiety of residents has led to violence in some communities. Several workshops on emotional recovery and handling stress have been offered. Churches are responding to the work that is needed.

    Thirty local church partners and 2871 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Our local church partners have continued supporting children and their families with food, shelter, modified program activities, spiritual counselling and emotional support. Some of the churches in Juchitan have started building small provisional homes with lightweight materials, giving families a sense of safety and comfort with a place to rest, gather their belongings and sleep.

    Please continue praying: • For families and churches in the affected communities • For safety, employment, economic recovery and a sense of peace in these communities • For safety as church staff and families build provisional shelters • For repair and reconstruction planning efforts • That our local church partners will have opportunities to share God’s love with those affected by the earthquake • For strength as churches and Compassion staff continue to serve and provide for the needs of children and their families

    Compassion Mexico will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Fire: Bangladesh

    Fire: Bangladesh 08 Nov, 2017

    Over the weekend, a fire broke out in Bangladesh when a stove burned the electricity line. The fire spread through the wires to rooftops made of hay and bamboo, which served as fuel and caused the fire to spread quickly.

    The fire brigade responded and the fire calmed down within a couple of hours. A total of 41 families in the community surrounding BD0213 were affected. Several Compassion assisted children lost all their belongings.

    Local administration and the community have generously supported those affected with blankets, bedsheets, clothes and lending their kitchen utensils.

    Twelve Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Some of those affected are staying with nearby relatives and others are temporarily taking shelter at a primary school compound with the local government’s permission. Children are in need of books for school and additional basic supplies to meet their ongoing needs.

    Please pray for: • Provision as these families try to rebuild and replace what they lost. • Support for children as they attend school without their books. • Encouragement and comfort as children and families deal with the loss of their homes and personal items.

    Compassion Bangladesh will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Thunderstorms: Nicaragua (Crisis Update)

    Thunderstorms: Nicaragua (Crisis Update) 07 Nov, 2017

    The situation following last weekend’s thunderstorms in Nicaragua has stabilised.

    No church partners were affected, however 108 Compassion assisted children were.

    The affected families have received support and returned to normal activities.

    Thank you for your prayers!

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains: Honduras (Crisis Update)

    Heavy Rains: Honduras (Crisis Update) 03 Nov, 2017

    Last weekend, heavy rains kept some parts of Honduras under high alert. Rains are expected to continue and a cold front is forecasted for this week.

    Nine local church partners and 131 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    The Compassion Honduras field office continues to support our church partners with disaster funds as they provide families with water, beds, clothing, shoes, hygiene supplies, uniforms, school supplies and, in some cases, stoves and kitchen supplies.

    Please continue to pray for relief from the rain and safety among our children.

    Compassion Honduras will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains: Uganda (Crisis Update)

    Heavy Rains: Uganda (Crisis Update) 03 Nov, 2017

    The heavy rains have stopped in Uganda, but impact assessment continues.

    Four church partners and 75 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Our local church partners are responding to the needs of the children.

    Please pray for the children and their families as they continue to recover from these rains.

    Compassion Uganda will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Magdalena: Colombia

    Flooding in Magdalena: Colombia 03 Nov, 2017

    Earlier this week, heavy rains caused flooding in different areas of Magdalena, Colombia on the northeast side of the country.

    One of our local church partners has been affected.

    The Compassion Colombia field office estimates that more than 100 Compassion assisted children have been affected, but no details are available at this time.

    Our local church partners are visiting children to assess the impact and determine what each family needs.

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

    Compassion Colombia will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • September Flooding: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    September Flooding: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 03 Nov, 2017

    Rains in Sri Lanka are now falling at an average pace for the season. Our local partners continue to assess the impact of earlier flooding on children and their families.

    Four of our local partners and 256 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Some local church partners have requested disaster funds to support roof repairs, and others are using local resources to help children resume normal activities.

    Please pray for children and their families as they make repairs and begin recovering.

    Compassion Sri Lanka will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Montería: Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Montería: Colombia (Crisis Update) 02 Nov, 2017

    Heavy rains continue in Montería, Colombia.

    Currently, 167 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    CO0621 has requested Compassion Colombia field office support to provide food and basic supplies to affected children and their families.

    Please pray for strength and encouragement among our children and their families in Montería as they face challenges due to the continuous rains.

    Compassion Colombia will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Thunderstorms: Nicaragua

    Thunderstorms: Nicaragua 02 Nov, 2017

    Over the weekend, showers and thunderstorms moved over Nicaragua, causing intense rain, flooding and landslides in some areas.

    Rains have decreased over the last two days, but Compassion assisted families continue to follow the direction of local authorities and local church staff to remain safe.

    Seventy-six Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Some children who were affected by Tropical Storm Nate were affected again by these storms. Church partner staff are visiting children who live in areas at-risk of flooding and provided food, mattresses and blankets. Compassion Nicaragua field staff are visiting our local church partners to see what the needs are and provide support.

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

    Compassion Nicaragua will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Urabá: Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Urabá: Colombia (Crisis Update) 02 Nov, 2017

    October rains that caused flooding in Urabá, Colombia continue to pour. The humidity is affecting children’s homes, particularly those with ground floors, which are now covered with mud. Many Compassion assisted children have lost mattresses due to floodwaters.

    Thirty-four Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Our local church partners have requested support to provide for their needs.

    Please pray for the children in this area to remain healthy and safe.

    Compassion Colombia will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Sucre: Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Sucre: Colombia (Crisis Update) 02 Nov, 2017

    Rains continue across several areas of Colombia, including Sucre. No additional Compassion assisted children have been affected since mid-September.

    A total of nine Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    CO0781 has provided groceries for children and their families and is requesting support to help repair some of their homes.

    Thank you for praying for beneficiaries in Sucre. Please continue to pray for a break in the rain.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm Nate: Nicaragua (Crisis Update)

    Tropical Storm Nate: Nicaragua (Crisis Update) 01 Nov, 2017

    Impact assessment is complete following Tropical Storm Nate in Nicaragua.

    A total of 1635 Compassion assisted children and four of our local church partners have been affected.

    Thank you for praying for the children and families affected by this storm.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • September Flooding: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    September Flooding: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 01 Nov, 2017

    LK0213, LK0218 and LK0201 continue to deal with rain and assess the impact on Compassion assisted children and their families.

    Four local partners and 254 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Please continue to pray for children affected by this flooding.

    Compassion Sri Lanka will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Veracruz: Mexico (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Veracruz: Mexico (Crisis Update) 01 Nov, 2017

    Compass Mexico field staff are visiting communities in Veracruz affected by flooding in mid-October. They are assessing the impact on Compassion assisted children and offering comfort to affected families. Heavy rains are forecasted to continue.

    Sixty-nine Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Our local church partners are using disaster funds to provide food, clothing, shoes, a place to sleep and blankets as needed.

    Please pray for continued safety among our children and their families in Veracruz.

    Compassion Mexico will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains: Honduras (Crisis Update)

    Heavy Rains: Honduras (Crisis Update) 29 Oct, 2017

    In northwestern Honduras a bridge was damaged when recent rains caused the river underneath to rise.

    The bridge was constructed using Critical Needs funds and enabled Compassion assisted children on the other side of the river to access and attend program activities at HO0372. We are waiting to find out if HO0372 has been affected.

    One of our local church partners has been reported as affected so far. Several others are believed to be impacted as well.

    Fifty Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Please pray for a break in the rain, so flooding can recede and for God’s protection over our children in Honduras.

    Compassion Honduras will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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