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.

  • Earthquake: Guatemala

    Earthquake: Guatemala 27 Jun, 2017

    Small aftershocks have continued in Guatemala and there was another earthquake last Friday. No Compassion children were impacted by this new earthquake.

    • One child development centre was affected

    • Nine registered children were affected by the earthquake

    • Our church partner staff continue to assess the impact to children in the area.

    Please pray for provision for the children and their families affected by the 14 June earthquake.

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

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  • Flooding: Sri Lanka

    Flooding: Sri Lanka 27 Jun, 2017

    The flooding in Sri Lanka has subsided and the following child development centres are operating normally again: LK0101, LK0103,LK0107, LIK0108, LK0109.

    • There are 14 child development centres which were affected.

    • There were 420 registered children affected.

    • Children and families in Colombo have returned to their homes.

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

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

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  • Flooding and Landslides Update: Bangladesh

    Flooding and Landslides Update: Bangladesh 22 Jun, 2017

    The country office has received an update from the two Compassion centres who initially reported damage. They are both located in rural areas of the hills and have been destroyed by flooding. Due to their remote location, it will take time to respond to their needs. One of the centres lost all of their office documents. Floodwaters have receded, but the premises is covered in thick mud. The other centre is located on a hill and had more time to save some of their essential documents and office supplies thanks to the help of children’s parents and members of the community. Many in neighboring villages near the riverbed lost their homes to flooding and landslides and have temporarily moved in with friends or relatives who live on higher ground. Members of the community say they have never seen flooding like this in their area before.

    Please pray: The monsoon season is just beginning in Bangladesh. Please pray for children and their families in this area to remain safe through this time.

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

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  • Earthquake Update: Guatemala

    Earthquake Update: Guatemala 19 Jun, 2017

    Guatemala has experienced several aftershocks following last week’s earthquake, but none have been significant.

    One Compassion centre has been affected by the earthquake and nine registered children.

    Local Compassion staff are following up with children and their families to assess the impact and their needs.

    Please pray for those whose homes were affected.

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

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  • Flooding and Landslides: Bangladesh

    Flooding and Landslides: Bangladesh 19 Jun, 2017

    Just days after Cyclone Mora passed over southeast Bangladesh, heavy and continuous rains fell, causing flooding and landslides in the same area. Some parts of the country received over 300 mm (almost 12 inches) of rain in 48 hours. The most affected region is a mixture of small hills and low-lying plains, including the districts of Chittagong, Rangamati and Bandarban. Communication with the area is a challenge due to no electricity and blocked roads, making rescue and relief efforts very difficult.

    Two Compassion centres have been affected. The number of children impacted by this is unknown at this time.

    Please pray for the safety of sponsored children in this area, for clear weather so recovery can begin, and for communication lines to be restored and roads cleared.

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Cyclone: Bangladesh

    Cyclone: Bangladesh 16 Jun, 2017

    Families whose homes were destroyed by Cyclone Mora in late May, have made temporary repairs by borrowing money, bamboo and wood with support from the community.

    • Four child development centres have been affacted.
    • The number of child affected remains at 128.

    Centre staff at BD0506 have visited children and their families who were most affected to comfort, encourage and pray with them.

    Please continue to pray for the recovery of those affected by Cyclone Mora.

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Cyclone: Bangladesh

    Cyclone: Bangladesh 15 Jun, 2017

    Before communities in southeast Bangladesh could recover from Cyclone Mora, continuous rain fell for two days, causing additional damage, landslides and flooding. Communication is down in many areas, making relief work more difficult for government agencies. Many families of registered children have lost their livelihood.

    • Four child development centres are affected.
    • 128 children are affected.

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding: Colombia

    Flooding: Colombia 15 Jun, 2017

    On Thursday 8 June, heavy rains on the Colombian coast caused flooding in the community of Talaigua.

    • The child development centre, CO0634, experienced some flooding but no details are available yet. Community streets are flooded, making the child development centre difficult to access.
    • No information is available at this time about affected children.

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

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding: Brazil

    Flooding: Brazil 15 Jun, 2017

    The government is cleaning up areas of Pernambuco affected by flooding and landslides, caused by heavy rains that fell at the beginning of June.

    • No child development centres were affected.
    • Forty one children were affected. Some of the affected families are returning home and others are looking for new homes.
    • The child development centres provided mattresses and medicines to those affected.

    Thank you for your prayers over this situation. Please pray that those who lost their homes would find stable and safe places to live.

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake: Guatemala

    Earthquake: Guatemala 15 Jun, 2017

    At 1:30 am local time on Wednesday 14 June, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala. The highlands in the western part of the country are the most affected, including the states of Quetzaltenango, San Marcos, Solola and Huehuetenango. The country office does not have estimated impact information at this time.

    • One child has been reported as affected so far.
    • Child development centres are responding according to their emergency plan and are assessing the children's impact and needs.

    Please pray for the safety of our children, their families and partner churches in this area.

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Civil Unrest: Colombia

    Civil Unrest: Colombia 15 Jun, 2017

    Leaders in Buenaventura ended their strike after coming to an agreement with the government about better living conditions for the citizens of this district. Child development centres have resumed normal activities.

    • Fifteen child development centres were affected.
    • No children were directly affected.

    Thank you for your prayers.

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains and Strong Winds in Guatemala

    Heavy Rains and Strong Winds in Guatemala 14 Jun, 2017

    Aldea La Isla in the Alta Verapaz Department of Guatemala have been experiencing heavy rains and strong winds. Several homes were destroyed and the community is without electricity.

    96 children’s homes were affected.

    The child development centre’s were able to access emergency funds almost immediately to support the families. GU0998 purchased tin sheets and wood to replace roofs and rebuild homes. Staff from GU0413 also bought tin sheets, as well as groceries and school supplies for their children and siblings. All affected families from these two centres are back in their homes now.

    Please continue to pray for the families who are still recovering.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Fire in the Philippines

    Fire in the Philippines 14 Jun, 2017

    Staff are still assessing how to help the affected families from the fire that broke out in Pasay City in metro Manila. Sixty families lost their homes.

    Compassion Philippines estimates that ten children from PH0600 are affected.

    The child development centre provided initial relief goods and tents for temporary shelter. The families are now staying in an evacuation center provided by the local government.

    Please pray for these families as they recover.

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in East Indonesia

    Flooding in East Indonesia 11 Jun, 2017

    Recent heavy rains fell in West Kutai, East Kalimantan in East Indonesia, causing a river in the area to overflow. Thousands of homes were submerged under water. The local government, along with non-governmental organizations and other agencies are working together to distribute supplies to those in the affected area.

    216 children and their families were affected but are all back in their homes and have received food support from the local goverment.

    Please continue to pray for our centres in this area.

    Compassion East Indonesia will keep us updated as more information becomes available.

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