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.

  • Civil Unrest in Nicaragua (Crisis Update)

    Civil Unrest in Nicaragua (Crisis Update) 09 Jul, 2018

    New information

    Protests and violence continue throughout Nicaragua with no clarity on when or if the National Dialogue will resume. Additional beneficiaries have been impacted by the violence.

    Global Compassion impact

    189 Compassion centres have been affected. 30 Compassion assisted children are affected.

    Seven Compassion centres have not held activities this week due to concerns over security in their area. The number of church partners who are taking a normal mid-year break is 166. The rest have provided limited program in the last few days.

    Prayer

    Please pray for protection over our staff, church partners, beneficiaries and their families. Please also pray for God to give them peace despite the fear and uncertainty of the situation.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Bangladesh

    Flooding in Bangladesh 09 Jul, 2018

    The siuation

    In mid-June, heavy rains caused sudden flooding in parts of northeast Bangladesh. Several families lost their homes. Floodwaters have receded, allowing children to return to school and their parents to work.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 15

    Prayer

    Please pray for the affected children and their families to have provision for new homes.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Civil Unrest in Nicaragua (Crisis Update)

    Civil Unrest in Nicaragua (Crisis Update) 04 Jul, 2018

    New information

    The situation in Nicaragua remains tense as protests and demonstrations continue. Yesterday, a massive civilian march was called together by the peasant movement, as well as university and civil society leaders.

    Global Compassion impact

    189 Compassion centres have been affected. 26 Compassion assisted children are affected.

    129 Compassion centres are beginning a vacation period of 1-2 weeks. Additional centres will start vacation time in the coming week. Otherwise, they continue to assess daily whether it is safe to hold activities.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the safety of our staff and children in this country.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Volcano in Guatemala (Crisis Update)

    Volcano in Guatemala (Crisis Update) 04 Jul, 2018

    New information

    The situation in Guatemala has stabilized since Fuego’s eruption in early June. Government agencies worked in the area near the volcano to assist affected people. Fifteen Compassion centres closed temporarily as a precaution but have since resumed normal activities. There was no direct impact to Compassion beneficiaries and no centres were damaged.

    Global Compassion impact

    15 Compassion Centres were temporarily closed.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayers.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains in Eastern Uganda (Crisis Update)

    Heavy Rains in Eastern Uganda (Crisis Update) 03 Jul, 2018

    The national office and ICPs have finished assessing the impact of May’s heavy rains in eastern Uganda. Rain continues to be prevalent, but the risk of landslides has decreased.

    71 Compassion assisted children have been affected.

    Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for provision as these families work to rebuild their homes and replace personal belongings.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding and Landslides in Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    Flooding and Landslides in Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 03 Jul, 2018

    New information

    The weather in Sri Lanka has improved, and there are only occasional light showers. Local partners continue to send impact details, so this disaster will remain open until we receive complete information on all affected partners and beneficiaries.

    Global Compassion impact

    Compassion centres affected: 30

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 1396

    The national office has supported local partners through an Individual CIV. They used the funds to provide families with cooked food, dry rations, soap, clothes, bed sheets, mosquito coils and to help with limited home repair.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the continued recovery of those affected by May’s monsoon rains.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Rainstorm in Ghana

    Rainstorm in Ghana 02 Jul, 2018

    The situation

    At the end of last week, a heavy rainstorm caused flooding in Kumasi, Ghana. Sadly, two of our children from GH0104 were killed and a caregiver is missing. No details are available yet. The National Disaster Management Organization is leading rescue efforts.

    Global Compassion impact

    No impact details are available at this time.

    Compassion centres are assessing the impact. The national office reports that four children (two from GH0104 and two from GH0816) lost their homes. They have been rescued and moved to a temporary shelter. They are doing well. National staff are supporting Compassion centres in the affected area as they provide immediate relief to children and their families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the parents, friends and sponsors of the two children who died to be comforted in their grief.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Influenza A Outbreak in Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    Influenza A Outbreak in Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 29 Jun, 2018

    The situation

    Beneficiaries from LK0604 are recovering from the Influenza A Outbreak that started in early June.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: The national office estimates over 240 children are affected.

    Affected children have received care packs and cleaning supplies from the local partner.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the continued recovery of our beneficiaries in this area.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Colombia (Crisis Update) 26 Jun, 2018

    New information

    Colombia continues to experience rain throughout the country. The humidity is having especially adverse effects on homes with dirt floors.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 104

    Compassion centres have used local resources to provide groceries and clothes to children and their families. The national office has also provided support for basic supplies and hygiene kits.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the safety and health of our children in this area.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Civil Unrest in Nicaragua (Crisis Update)

    Civil Unrest in Nicaragua (Crisis Update) 26 Jun, 2018

    New information

    Protests, roadblocks and violent clashes are now also occurring in Matagalpa and Rio San Juan. The Episcopal Conference is calling for the National Dialogue to resume today.

    Global Compassion impact

    189 Compassion centres have been affected. 22 Compassion assisted children are affected. One teenage beneficiary and his father were injured by gunshots over the weekend and are being treated.

    Around 90% of Compassion centres met with beneficiaries on Friday and Saturday. They continue to assess risk and determine program activities on a daily basis.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the beneficiary and father who were injured over the weekend to fully recover and be restored to health.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Civil Unrest in Nicaragua (Crisis Update)

    Civil Unrest in Nicaragua (Crisis Update) 25 Jun, 2018

    New information

    Media outlets in Nicaragua report that the government has submitted letters of invitation to external organizations. The National Dialogue remains suspended at this time, and citizens are waiting for it to resume. Yesterday, the police and paramilitary groups carried out attacks in Masaya and Rivas in an attempt to eliminate the barricades set up by the population as a means of protest and protection.

    Global Compassion impact

    189 Compassion centres have been affected. 21 Compassion assisted children are affected.

    Some centres have limited their contact time with children to 1-3 hours per week. Most centres are at least serving food and praying with the children as a way to support them and the community. Partnership Facilitators in the national office are corresponding with centres electronically. However, since they cannot visit regularly, many needs are not being addressed. They are developing criteria to assess risk and determine when and where they can begin visits again.

    Prayer

    Please pray for wisdom for national leadership and staff as they seek ways to help our church partners and beneficiaries in the current climate.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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