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: Peru

    Earthquake: Peru 15 Jan, 2018

    The situation

    An earthquake was registered at 6.8 magnitude (which has since been revised to 7.1) on 14 January 2018 with the epicenter at about 56kms from the town of Lomas, at a depth of 48kms. The earthquake was felt in the nearby towns of Lomas, Yauca, Bella Union, Acari, and Chala.

    Global Compassion impact

    There was no impact to Compassion assisted children or our local church partners.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of our children in the south coastal area of Peru.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake: Honduras

    Earthquake: Honduras 12 Jan, 2018

    The situation

    On Tuesday, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake (originally reported as 7.8) struck off the coast of Honduras, 228km northeast of Barra Patuca. The government declared a tsunami alert, which was suspended yesterday. Damage from the earthquake was minimal.

    Global Compassion impact

    No Compassion assisted children or local church partners have been affected.

    Compassion’s response

    The response team in the Compassion Honduras office monitored the situation and stayed in contact with local staff.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding: Indonesia

    Flooding: Indonesia 12 Jan, 2018

    The situation

    In north central Java, heavy rains caused flooding in six villages near IO0915. Almost half of the residents in the area are affected, including Compassion assisted children and one child protection staff member.

    Global Compassion impact

    The impact to Compassion assisted children and our local church partners is not known at this time.

    Compassion’s response

    Local Compassion staff are using disaster funds to provide basic food supplies, including rice, bread, oil and chicken to affected children and their families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for Compassion assisted children and their communities as they recover from the flooding.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Cyclone: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    Cyclone: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 05 Jan, 2018

    New information

    Most of the Compassion assisted children affected by the cyclone have returned to their homes.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local partners affected: 8 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 288

    Compassion’s response

    Ongoing disaster funds were used for relief work and house repairs. The community also helped with labour to repair some of the damaged homes.

    Prayer

    Praise that there were fewer children impacted than originally anticipated. Please pray for children and families as they recover.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Fire in Manila: the Philippines

    Fire in Manila: the Philippines 05 Jan, 2018

    The situation

    On the evening of 15 December 2017, a fire broke out in the Quiricada area of Manila. Several children from PH0239 live in the area and were affected. The local government provided relief goods, school supplies and clothing.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 14

    Compassion’s response

    PH0239 along with parents and caregivers of Compassion assisted children organised a fundraiser to provide food, blankets and clothing to those affected by the fire.

    Prayer

    Please join us in thanking God that all children and their families are safe. Please pray for their recovery as they seek to replace what was lost.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm Urduja: the Philippines (Crisis Update)

    Tropical Storm Urduja: the Philippines (Crisis Update) 05 Jan, 2018

    New information

    Church partners in the Philippines, along with the local government, continue to respond to the needs of those affected by Tropical Storm Urduja that passed through the Visayas region in mid-December.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 8 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 159

    Compassion’s response

    Assessment of the storm’s impact to our local church partners and Compassion assisted children is complete.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayers over this situation. Please continue to lift up families who are not able to return home yet.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Fire in Butuan City: Philippines

    Fire in Butuan City: Philippines 03 Jan, 2018

    The situation

    In early December, a fire broke out in Butuan City, Philippines on the island of Mindinao. Sixty-three families in the community were affected. Ten beneficiaries from PH0613 lost their homes. Some of them are staying in evacuation centers, and others are with relatives or staying at the church.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 10

    Compassion’s response

    The local church partner as responded to the immediate needs of affected children and their families with relief items.

    Prayer

    Please pray for these families as they recover.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm Urduja: Philippines

    Tropical Storm Urduja: Philippines 30 Dec, 2017

    The situation

    Tropical Storm Urduja hit the Visayas region of the Philippines in mid-December. The most affected areas were Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar and Biliran. These areas are particularly vulnerable to typhoons and tropical storms because of their proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The storm caused power outages, but electricity has been restored. Bridges and roads are being repaired.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 90 Number of local church partners affected: Eight

    Compassion’s response

    Field staff are coordinating closely with local church partners to ensure appropriate and timely support is given to the affected families, including relief goods to meet immediate needs. Some families continue to stay in evacuation centers or at churches, but the majority have returned home.

    Prayer

    Please pray for children and their families as they recover.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Tropical Storm Tembin: Philippines

    Tropical Storm Tembin: Philippines 29 Dec, 2017

    The situation

    Tropical Storm Tembin, known locally as Vinta, caused flooding on the southern Philippine island of Mindinao. Residents in Davao, Compostela Valley and Cagayan de Oro evacuated their homes. Flooding has subsided in some areas over the last couple of days, but impact assessment continues.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 413

    Compassion’s response

    Local church partners are assessing and reporting the impact to Compassion assisted children and their families. Gathering information may be delayed in some areas that are impassable due to thick mud. Some children and their families are staying in evacuation centers. Local church partners have provided relief packs to families, and some have also provided cooking utensils, blankets and other items not provided by the local government.

    This week, field staff and project directors in Davao are meeting to discuss the situation and the status of affected children. Field staff will then discuss how to best support local church partners in their response and communications during this crisis.

    Prayer

    Please pray for provision for those who have lost homes and personal belongings, as well as for wisdom among field staff and local church partners as they assess the needs of children and their families and determine a response plan.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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