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.

  • Fire in Davao City: the Philippines

    Fire in Davao City: the Philippines 09 Dec, 2017

    The situation

    Earlier this week, a fire broke out in a highly populated area of Davao City in the Philippines. Around 100 houses were destroyed, and one elderly man was killed. Homes in this area are made of light materials that can catch fire easily. In April 2016, over 400 people were affected by a fire in the same area.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 19 from PH0570

    Compassion’s response

    The affected families are temporarily staying in the community’s basketball gym. The local government is providing relief assistance, including daily food and water. Our local church partner is also providing support and collecting used clothes for these families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for provision for the families affected by this fire.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Cyclone: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    Cyclone: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 06 Dec, 2017

    New information

    Across most of Sri Lanka, the rains have currently stopped. Electricity remains unstable, and a few areas are flooded.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local partners affected: 8 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 234

    Compassion’s response

    The Compassion Sri Lanka field office is encouraging local partners to provide updates on the storm’s impact and to seek assistance from local resources. Local partners are working to resettle affected children and their families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for floodwaters to recede and stable weather in the days ahead, so families can recover.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Montería: Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Montería: Colombia (Crisis Update) 06 Dec, 2017

    New information

    The flooding in Montería, Colombia has receded, and the heavy rains have decreased. Children and their families are home now.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 167

    Compassion’s response

    CO0621 supported the affected families with groceries.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayers over this situation.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Civil Unrest: Honduras (Crisis Update)

    Civil Unrest: Honduras (Crisis Update) 06 Dec, 2017

    New information

    The political situation in Honduras continues to be unsettled. Last Friday and Saturday, the unrest spread outside of Tegucigalpa. Large groups gathered to protest, cutting off access to certain parts of the country. Many stores were burned down and others were looted. In response, the government instated a widespread curfew from dusk until dawn for the next 10 days. Citizens are not allowed to leave their homes during these hours.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 194

    Compassion’s response

    Tours and Visits have been cancelled this week. The Compassion Honduras field office is in “hibernation mode”, with staff working from home. They had a short time yesterday to go to the office and pick up any equipment necessary to work from home.

    All local church partners are temporarily closed as a safety measure for children and our church partners.

    The Compassion Honduras field office and our local church partner will resume normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for protection over our children, staff and church partners in Honduras.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Cyclone: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    Cyclone: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 05 Dec, 2017

    New information

    Sri Lanka experienced a mix of sunshine and strong thunderstorms this weekend, while meteorologists warn of a second tropical storm gaining strength. Authorities estimate that 61,000 families are severely impacted. The National Building Research Organisation has instructed people in certain districts to be on alert for possible landslides, rock falls and sinkholes. Some of our partners reside in these districts.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local partners affected: 4 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 234

    Compassion’s response

    The Compassion Sri Lanka field office has ensured our local partners can access news updates, warnings and assistance through government websites and telephone numbers. Our partners are encouraged to seek local resources available at this time.

    Many of our partners are still working to provide cooked food to children who are stuck in their homes, but it is a challenge. As they continue to assess the impact to children and families, they will provide assistance and help families resettle as they are able. They will also request support for disaster funds as needed.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for safety among our children in this area, as well as timely provision through local resources and disaster funds.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Cyclone: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    Cyclone: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 02 Dec, 2017

    New information

    The cyclone in Sri Lanka, now known as Ockhi, continues to unleash pelting rains and moderately strong winds. Several people have been killed and injured, and many more are missing. Government warnings encourage people to stay vigilant and evacuate low lying areas.

    Winds have carried broken trees and billboards, causing damage to roofs. Over 18,000 people in thirteen of the country’s districts have been affected. Electricity has been restored in most areas. The government is actively helping those affected with tents, food and clearing the debris.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local partners affected: 2 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 15

    Compassion’s response

    The Compassion Sri Lanka field office estimates around 70 children's homes are flooded and families are trapped inside with no food or water.

    Our local partners are using disaster funds to provide families with cooked food, water and temporary relief. The Compassion Sri Lanka field office is working to support these efforts and provide a way for our local partners to reach out for help as needed.

    Prayer

    Please pray for: • Safety among our children and their families • Water levels to quickly recede, so families can safely go outside their homes • Provision for those who lost personal effects • Support for families to repair their homes

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Heavy Rains in Surabaya: Indonesia

    Heavy Rains in Surabaya: Indonesia 01 Dec, 2017

    The situation

    Last week, heavy rains in Surabaya, Indonesia caused flooding on some of the main streets, making it difficult for children to attend program activities. Flooding has subsided for the moment, but more rain is expected.

    Global Compassion impact

    Some of the children from IO0386, IO0726, IO0850, IO0854 and IO0856 were unable to attend activities due to flooding.

    Compassion’s response

    Church partners are working to find out if Compassion assisted children have been directly impacted.

    Prayer

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

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Civil Unrest: Honduras

    Civil Unrest: Honduras 01 Dec, 2017

    The situation

    Honduras held a presidential election last Sunday. However, confusion over the results has led to organised riots in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. Most offices, restaurants and stores were closed today.

    Global Compassion impact

    Our local church partners are operating normally.

    Compassion’s response

    The Compassion Honduras field office was closed for staff safety.

    Prayer

    Please pray for safety among our staff and children in Honduras and peace in their communities.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Cyclones: Sri Lanka

    Cyclones: Sri Lanka 01 Dec, 2017

    The situation

    A deep depression that just formed in parts of Sri Lanka is causing a cyclonic storm with heavy rain, strong winds, rough seas, and flooding. In some areas, people are stuck in their homes and unable to get out due to flooding. Strong winds in some areas have destroyed vehicles, houses and large shops. Fallen trees have caused power outages and delays in communication.

    Global Compassion impact Number of local partners affected: 3 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 1

    Compassion’s response

    Our local partners continue to assess the impact to Compassion assisted children. The Compassion Sri Lanka field office anticipates the number of children and families affected to increase.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of children, families and partners in Sri Lanka.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding: Haiti (Crisis Update)

    Flooding: Haiti (Crisis Update) 01 Dec, 2017

    New information

    Last week’s heavy rains in Haiti have stopped. Our local church partners are operating normally, and children are back in school.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 590

    Compassion’s response

    The Compassion Haiti field office and church leaders continue to assist the affected children and their families.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayers over this situation.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Mt. Agung: Indonesia

    Mt. Agung: Indonesia 01 Dec, 2017

    The situation

    Mt. Agung on Indonesia’s Bali Island has been more active over the last week. Authorities have evacuated communities within a 5km radius of the volcano. The airport was closed for a couple of days due to thick smoke plumes. Heavy rains have since helped hold the ash down, and the airport has reopened.

    Global Compassion impact

    No Compassion assisted children or local church partners are in the danger zone near the volcano.

    Compassion’s response

    Our local church partners are running normally, but they along with Compassion Indonesia field staff are monitoring the situation and are prepared with a contingency plan if the threat spreads to their area

    Prayer

    Please pray for continued safety among our children.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • September Flooding: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update)

    September Flooding: Sri Lanka (Crisis Update) 29 Nov, 2017

    New information

    The storms have mostly cleared. Mild seasonal showers continue in certain parts of the island, but they have not impacted Compassion children or their families.

    All Compassion assisted children are safe and returning to their normal routines.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local partners affected: 3 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 263

    Compassion’s response

    Ongoing CIV disaster funds were used to repair some children’s homes. Our local partner associated with LK0603 has also contributed funds to repair the homes of children from their centre.

    Prayer

    Thank you for praying for the children affected by these rains in Sri Lanka.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Earthquake: Mexico (Crisis Update)

    Earthquake: Mexico (Crisis Update) 28 Nov, 2017

    New information

    Communities in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico continue to experience aftershocks from the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck in early September. Unfortunately, during one of these aftershocks, a brick wall collapsed and killed the father of three Compassion assisted children. The church partner is providing support to this family and has offered to cover the funeral expenses.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 30 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 2886

    Compassion’s response

    Families continue to live in temporary shelters, using lightweight materials provided through disaster funds. Once they have funds to rebuild their homes, they plan to use these materials in the reconstruction.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the children, families, church partners and communities affected. Please pray for peace and an end to the tremors.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding: Haiti

    Flooding: Haiti 28 Nov, 2017

    The situation

    There have been heavy rains in different regions (South, South-East, North and North-West) of Haiti during the past several days.

    Many towns have been flooded, as well as homes and farms damaged.

    According to the local media the rains should begin decreasing soon with hopes of the stormy season ending by the last week of November.

    Global Compassion impact

    More than 500 children have been unable to attend school and four local church partners have closed their doors because their facilities have been affected by the heavy downpour of rain and flooding.

    Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 281

    The impact to our local church partners is not known at this time.

    Compassion's response

    The Compassion Haiti leadership team along with the local church leaders and partnership facilitators are monitoring the situation, and taking measures to assist children with water, food and medicine as needed. They are also working together to facilitate the re-opening of the closed centres so children can return to the centres and schools as soon as possible.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety of our children in this area as well as the families as they recover from their losses and repair damage.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Pasig City Fire: the Philippines

    Pasig City Fire: the Philippines 28 Nov, 2017

    New information

    Compassion assisted children and their families affected by the neighbourhood fire in Pasig City have received support.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 20

    Compassion’s response

    Local Compassion staff provided assistance to families immediately following the fire.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayers.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

  • Flooding in Magdalena: Colombia (Crisis Update)

    Flooding in Magdalena: Colombia (Crisis Update) 28 Nov, 2017

    New information

    The department of Magdalena, Colombia, including the municipalities of Santa Marta, Ciénaga, Fundación, Aracataca and El Retén continue to be on high alert due to heavy rains. The water level of several streams in the area has risen.

    In El Retén, there are two provisional shelters, and the government is providing humanitarian relief to 300 families.

    In Fundación, people are being taken to temporary shelters and will need further support.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 2 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 1622

    Compassion’s response

    Local church partners are supporting affected children and their families. They anticipate requesting disaster funds to help provide basic necessities.

    Prayer

    Please pray for health, safety and provision for our children affected by these continuous rains.

    Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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