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.

  • Flooding in Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia (Crisis Update) 07 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    On 4 April, Timor Island (around Kupang, East Sumba) was impacted by strong winds and flash flooding of up to 2 metres. The winds caused trees to fall and power outages.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 16 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 12

    New information

    The local church staff are checking on the children to determine impact to their homes and families from the recent strong winds and flooding. Some families have temporarily moved to another area to live with friends and relatives.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the protection and provision for all affected church partners, children and families.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Piura, Peru (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Piura, Peru (Crisis Update) 04 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    Recent heavy rains caused flooding and extensive damage to homes, schools, health facilities, crops and roads. The government-declared state of emergency is still in effect in the northern and eastern areas, specifically the provinces of Piura and San Martin. The communities currently have restricted access to food, clean water and sufficient sewage processing due to a mudslide.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 122

    New information

    Local church partners are still assessing the impact on Compassion-assisted children and families in their communities. Food, water, mattresses and repair materials have been provided to those in need of these items.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the affected families to have good health, protection from further damage and provision as they recover.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

    Flooding in Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia 03 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    There has been heavy rain in the area since March and in early April Sabu Nusa Tenggara experienced flooding of up to 2 metres, which impacted many homes.

    Global Compassion impact

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

    New information

    The local church staff are checking on the children to determine impact to their homes and families. Some families have temporarily moved to another area.

    Prayer

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Gang Violence in Buenaventura, Colombia (Final Crisis Update)

    Gang Violence in Buenaventura, Colombia (Final Crisis Update) 31 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    Since January 2021, two gangs have been fighting for territory in Buenaventura, forcing many families to leave their homes due to the violent gang activity. There is an increasing police presence in the city. Unfortunately, illegal armed groups continue to recruit teenagers and youth.

    Global Compassion impact

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

    New information

    Affected children and families are being supported practically through the local church, who are also providing counseling to the local community during this difficult time.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for peace in the area, as well as comfort and support of traumatised people in the community.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Storm and Fire at TG0233, Togo (Crisis Update)

    Storm and Fire at TG0233, Togo (Crisis Update) 31 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    In Togo, the community of Djakpata-lomnava, which is located near Notsè, Haho, was impacted by a storm, heavy rain and a subsequent fire, all of which have caused significant damage. The community are recovering from the effects of the storm and fire.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 2

    New information

    The church partner will be repairing the damaged solar panel so that the well (which is powered by the solar panel) will soon be functional again. A family whose workshop was damaged will receive sheet metal and other supplies to repair the roof. The local church partner is also supplying affected families with food and coverings for their shelters.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the church partners and affected families as they recover.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Conflict in Tigray Region, Ethiopia (Crisis Update)

    Conflict in Tigray Region, Ethiopia (Crisis Update) 10 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    COVID-19, armed conflict, flooding and a locust outbreak have created a humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia. Fighting began in the Tigray region in early November 2020, causing thousands of people to seek safety as refugees in Sudan.

    New information

    Local staff continue to assess the impact on children and families and offer appropriate support accordingly.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for resolution to the conflict, peace in the region and safety of those in the Tigray region.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Thunderstorm at TG0933, Togo

    Thunderstorm at TG0933, Togo 09 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    A rainstorm with strong winds in the community of Notsé in Haho prefecture caused a lot of damage to buildings.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 0

    New information

    The office, classrooms, kitchen, solar panels and fence of the church partner were damaged. Fortunately, no one was at the building at the time of the storm, so there were no injuries. Some minor repairs were done to allow for program activities at the child development centre. A budget is being prepared to submit to Compassion for assistance to rebuild.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the church partner staff as they repair damaged infrastructure.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Storm and Fire at TG0233, Togo

    Storm and Fire at TG0233, Togo 07 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    In Togo, the community of Djakpata-lomnava, which is located near Notsè, Haho, was impacted by a storm, heavy rain and a subsequent fire, all of which have caused significant damage.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 2

    New information

    The storm damaged the solar system that operates the church partner's well. The local church partner is supporting the affected families with food and temporary shelter.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the church partner and families as they recover from damage and losses.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Piura, Peru

    Flooding in Piura, Peru 05 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    The government has declared a state of emergency in the department of Piura, which includes several provinces in Peru. Heavy rains caused flooding and extensive damage to homes, schools, health facilities, crops and roads. The communities currently have no access to food, clean water or sufficient sewage processing. A mudslide blocked a main road and is being cleared by a local agency. Once the road is open they hope to get emergency food delivered from Chiclayo, Lambayeque province.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 102

    New information

    Church partners in the impacted areas of Piura are helping to provide for basic needs in the community such as food, water, mosquito nets, cleaning items and repair materials, as well as torches since there is often no electricity at night. Unfortunately, the impact of the flooding comes at an especially difficult time with the current COVID-19 restrictions.

    Prayer

    Please pray for peace, protection and provision for the affected children and families.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm Auring, Philippines (Final Crisis Update)

    Tropical Storm Auring, Philippines (Final Crisis Update) 03 Mar, 2021

    The situation

    In late February, several locations in central Surigao del Sur were flooded due to the Tropical Storm Auring that brought heavy rains and strong winds. Local government agencies initiated evacuation, search and rescue, as well as relief goods distribution before and during the storm. The church partners are focused on cleanup efforts and assessing impact to affected children.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 4 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 22

    New information

    Most of the affected families have returned to their partially repaired homes or are still staying with relatives. Church partners are helping the families gain access to local government support. If needs aren’t met by the government, church partners are able to access emergency funding to provide additional support.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the church partners, affected children and families, as they clean up and recover from losses and damages.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains in Buenaventura, Colombia

    Heavy Rains in Buenaventura, Colombia 26 Feb, 2021

    The situation

    Throughout February 2021 heavy rains caused flooding in the Buenaventura area. Many homes have been damaged. Fortunately, the rainfall has now decreased and all affected families were able to be supported.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 17

    Prayer

    Please pray for the continued protection over and provision for children, families, and church partners in Buenaventura.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Gang Violence in Buenaventura, Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Gang Violence in Buenaventura, Colombia (Crisis Update) 26 Feb, 2021

    The situation

    Waves of violence continue in Buenaventura. Hundreds of people have peacefully protested the violence and security in some communities has worsened.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 2 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 146

    New information

    The national disaster response team in Colombia is working to ensure church staff are not put at risk. Compassion's national leadership staff (NLT) met with the local pastors to listen to their concerns and pray for them. The church partners need additional support at this time, so the NLT plans to meet with local pastors weekly. The affected families are receiving counseling, spiritual encouragement and tangible support as needed. Some of the national staff and 27 counselors were involved in sessions with security specialists to learn how to deal with violent situations and provide support for children and families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for protection and God’s peace for the pastors, children and families living in the Buenaventura area, as well as other communities who are inundated with violence.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Gang violence in Buenaventura, Colombia

    Gang violence in Buenaventura, Colombia 05 Feb, 2021

    The situation

    Since January 2021, two gangs have been fighting for territory in Buenaventura. They are using violence to control several neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities such as gun trafficking, drug dealing and robbery. More than 100 families have left their homes.

    Global Compassion impact

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

    Prayer

    Please pray for the protection of children, families and church partners and a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Buenaventura.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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