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The situation

On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks throughout the day. The Haitian government has declared a one-month state of emergency in the West, South, Nippes and Grand’Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Approximately 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

In addition to determining the impact of the earthquake, we are also monitoring Tropical Depression Grace, which is forecasted to affect at least portions of Haiti on Monday.

Global Compassion impact

Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages. If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information. Initial reports from the Compassion Haiti National Office staff have indicated that while all staff are physically unharmed, some have had their houses either destroyed or cracked.

While the National Office works to understand the full impact of the earthquake, they are also working with local church partners to provide medical aid, food and hygiene kits to affected children, families and staff as quickly as possible.

Prayer

Please pray for the local church partners, Compassion staff, children and families affected by the earthquake, particularly as they grapple with memories from the devastation caused by the earthquake in 2010 that killed over 200,000 people. Pray for God’s peace, provision and comfort.

Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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The situation

On the morning of August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, followed by several significant aftershocks throughout the day. The Haitian government has declared a one-month state of emergency in the West, South, Nippes and Grand’Anse departments. Compassion has a number of child development centres with church partners in the area most affected by the earthquake. Approximately 50 child development centres were destroyed or report heavy damage. Those centres oversee more than 17,000 children.

In addition to determining the impact of the earthquake, we are also monitoring Tropical Depression Grace, which is forecasted to affect at least portions of Haiti on Monday.

Global Compassion impact

Number of local church partners affected: not yet confirmed Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

New information

The full extent of damages and injuries is still being assessed and is likely to take some time to communicate due to infrastructure and road damage, as well as communication outages. If your sponsored child has been affected by the earthquake, Compassion will contact you directly once we have more information. Initial reports from the Compassion Haiti National Office staff have indicated that while all staff are physically unharmed, some have had their houses either destroyed or cracked.

While the National Office works to understand the full impact of the earthquake, they are also working with local church partners to provide medical aid, food and hygiene kits to affected children, families and staff as quickly as possible.

Prayer

Please pray for the local church partners, Compassion staff, children and families affected by the earthquake, particularly as they grapple with memories from the devastation caused by the earthquake in 2010 that killed over 200,000 people. Pray for God’s peace, provision and comfort.

Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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The situation

Tax reforms announced in April during the COVID-19 crisis across Colombia caused social unrest, national strikes and violent protests. Food shortages and road blockages impacted our local partners, children and families in the affected areas. In some areas, group activities were temporarily paused at child development centres to ensure the safety of staff and children. Staff kept in contact with families via phone, social media and home visits where possible.

Global Compassion impact

Number of local church partners affected: 4 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 3,234

New information

Demonstrations have decreased in Colombia, road blockades on major highways have stopped and food supply chain processes are getting back to normal. However, food prices remain high. New COVID-19 cases are reported daily but the rate is decreasing. National Office staff and local church partners continue to address the multidimensional needs of children and families in Colombia at this time.

Prayer time

Please continue to pray for the safety of children, families, church partners, staff and the communities throughout Colombia. Pray for a peaceful resolution to the unrest.

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The situation

Heavy rains in the northern part of Colombia in mid-August caused damage to homes and belongings in Bolivar and Córdoba. The Cauca River overflowed causing flooding in several other municipalities.

Global Compassion impact

Number of local church partners affected: 2 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 262

New information

Our local church partners have been working with the National Office to assess the impact and deliver appropriate support to affected children and their families. Relief items such as food kits and mattresses have been delivered.

Prayer

Please pray for those affected by the recent heavy rains and flooding in Colombia as they recover.

Where is this Crisis Report occurring?

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