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 Rwanda

    Flooding in Rwanda 21 May, 2020

    The situation

    Since early April Rwanda has experienced a severe rainy season. The rains and strong winds have caused extensive flooding, landslides and the destruction of infrastructure (e.g. bridges, roads, and homes). All provinces have been impacted, but the Western province has been hardest hit. Families in disaster prone locations were evacuated and living in temporary shelters in school buildings.

    Global Compassion impact

    It is estimated that over 700 Compassion assisted children have been impacted. The assessment is still ongoing and they will be entering specific impact records as they are able to do so. Sadly, one child and his sibling passed away when their home was flooded at night while they were sleeping. The church partners are coordinating with the national office to provide relief support (e.g. food, basic household items, and rent for temporary shelters), as needed.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of our children and church partners throughout Rwanda.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Cholera Outbreak in Moroto – Karamoja, Uganda

    Cholera Outbreak in Moroto – Karamoja, Uganda 19 May, 2020

    The situation

    A cholera outbreak is affecting several communities in the Moroto – Karamoja region. The number of cases is increasing rapidly and there have already been some deaths. The Ministry of Health is actively sharing preventative information through radio talk shows, distribution of educational materials, hand washing equipment and water purification.

    Global Compassion impact

    Fortunately, no Compassion assisted children have been identified with cholera.

    Prayer

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan in Sri Lanka

    Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan in Sri Lanka 19 May, 2020

    The situation

    Adverse weather from Tropical Cyclone Amphan has caused heavy thunderstorms, high winds, flooding, trees falling, landslides, and damaged homes in many regions of Sri Lanka.

    Global Compassion impact

    Impact has been reported from several church partners: LK0205, LK0212, LK0213, and LK0703. Some beneficiaries’ homes were damaged. The church partners are providing dry food rations to the affected households.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of beneficiaries, families, and church partners throughout Sri Lanka.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains and Flooding in Bacabal, Brazil

    Heavy Rains and Flooding in Bacabal, Brazil 16 May, 2020

    The situation

    Due to several days of heavy rain, the river in Bacabal overflowed. Bacabal is located in the country side in the State of Maranhão, in the northeastern part of Brazil. Many families’ homes were damaged and they are now homeless. The impacted families are living in temporary shelters or churches throughout the city.

    Global Compassion impact

    Some of the 340 impacted children and their families have returned to their homes. Others are still living with relatives because the civil defense agency recommends not returning to high risk areas. All affected families have received support through DAP (disaster reimbursable) funds for food, clothing, household items, hygiene kits, etc. Physicians and nurses continue to monitor the health of the families to ensure they aren’t ill with COVID-19.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the affected children and their families as they recover from the damages and losses.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Strong Winds at TG0250, Togo

    Strong Winds at TG0250, Togo 15 May, 2020

    The situation

    Strong winds caused damage to more homes on 26 April in the community of Mamproug.

    Global Compassion impact

    The affected beneficiaries and families are living with relatives or neighbors until their homes (e.g. roofs) can be repaired. The church partner staff and national office are providing support. Some caregivers have already started repairing their homes.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the affected children and families as they strive to restore their homes and return to live in them soon.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • May Flooding in Kenya

    May Flooding in Kenya 15 May, 2020

    The situation

    Heavy rains have intensified throughout Kenya in the last few weeks, causing death, displacements, flooding and landslides. The government and other non-governmental agencies (NGOs) are providing relief food and basic items.

    Global Compassion impact

    Three local church partners are affected and up to 556 beneficiaries.

    Compassion's response

    Children and families are experiencing loss of livelihood, as well as damaged or destroyed homes. Some families have temporarily moved to areas that are less prone to flooding. The churches are supporting the families by providing for their basic needs.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of beneficiaries, families, and church partners throughout Kenya.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Fire at KE0362, Kenya

    Fire at KE0362, Kenya 14 May, 2020

    The situation

    A fire at KE0362’s office broke out at 2 am and destroyed computers, printers, musical equipment, as well as church and beneficiary records. The fire was extinguished by fire fighters but nothing was salvaged. The police are investigating the cause of the fire.

    Compassion's response

    The national office staff are in communication with the church partner staff to assess all damages and provide assistance.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the church partner staff as they recover from the damages and losses at the project.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Floods and Landslides in Uganda

    Floods and Landslides in Uganda 13 May, 2020

    The situation

    Multiple areas in Uganda are experiencing torrential rains, flooding and landslides. Thousands of people have been displaced and hundreds of homes destroyed.

    Global Compassion impact

    Church partner staff are assessing impact to the children and their families. Affected children, including child headed households, are living in temporary locations or neighbors. Some female caregivers returned to their birth homes with their children, since their husbands are day labourers and stranded in Kampala due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Homes will most likely need to be rebuilt in safer locations.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of our children and church partners in Uganda.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  •  Floods in Dar Es Salaam and Morogoro Regions, Tanzania

    Floods in Dar Es Salaam and Morogoro Regions, Tanzania 13 May, 2020

    The situation

    In the Gairo district of Dar Es Salaam city and Morogoro region, there was heavy rain for three days 17 – 19 April. Flooding caused damage to homes, loss of livelihood and loss of household items of many families.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 29

    The injured caregiver and siblings were released from the hospital, are receiving follow-up medical treatment and doing well. The child whose family members were injured was traumatized and receiving regular psychological support from the church. The affected families are receiving food support.

    Prayer

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Tabora and Simiyu Regions, Tanzania

    Flooding in Tabora and Simiyu Regions, Tanzania 10 May, 2020

    The situation

    Heavy rainfall and flooding in western Tanzania damaged many homes and household items in the districts of Nzega, Bariadi, and Busaga.

    Global Compassion impact

    Beneficiaries from five Compassion centres have been affected. The church parnters are assessing damages and providing immediate relief with food and temporary shelters. Children and their families are living with relatives and neighbors.

    Prayer

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Floods in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania (Crisis Update)

    Floods in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania (Crisis Update) 08 May, 2020

    The situation

    Heavy rains and hail which occured 22 – 24 April, caused flooding in the Kilimanjaro region. The flooding damaged homes and household items and destroyed livelihoods.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local (church) partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 56

    Sadly, one child from TZ0248 died during the flood. Her and her mother were at the river Himo washing clothes when the waters rose. She was swept away in the flood waters. The church helped with burial and comforting the family.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the comfort for the mother and family as they grieve the death of the child.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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