An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 shook southwestern Guatemala on November 7, 2012. Aftershocks were felt throughout Guatemala, as well as in El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Nationally, 52 people have been reported as killed.
The fathers of two Compassion-assisted children were killed in the earthquake. No children or staff members have been reported as injured or killed. Currently, the families of 45 children from Oasis Student Center (GU-436), Manantial en el Desierto Student Center (GU-929), Eben-Ezer Student Center (GU-933), Peniel La Esperanza Student Center (GU-960) and Incensario de Oro Student Center (GU-974) have been affected. The homes of these families were damaged.
The facilities of Monte Horeb Student Center (GU-921) and Amiguitos Del Rey Christian Student Center (GU-983) were damaged during the earthquake. As yet, there are no reports that any children from these two centers have been affected. As a precaution, 12 centers throughout the San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez and Sololá regions have temporarily suspended program activities until government warnings have been lifted. The partnership facilitator for the San Marcos area is visiting families to assess the damage. Emergency food is being provided to the affected families. The national government is providing temporary shelters for those whose homes were damaged.
Please pray for families whose homes were damaged. And please pray for the Lord’s comfort to the children who lost their fathers in the earthquake.
Compassion Guatemala will keep us updated as more information is available.