The Mount Soputan volcano began to erupt on September 18, 2012, in the North Sulawesi province of eastern Indonesia.
No communities near the volcano have been evacuated. Thirteen Compassion-assisted child development centers are located near the volcano: Alfa-Omega Student Center (ID-215), Tempang Student Center (ID-247), Tumou Tou Student Center (ID-248), Getsemani Student Center (ID-254), Imanuel Student Center (ID-234), Silo Student Center (ID-252), Syaloom Student Center (ID-255), Tunas Kasih Student Center (ID-216), Marturia Student Center (ID-219), Esther Student Center(ID-253), Dame Student Center (ID-240), Hermon Student Center (ID-241) and Kamang Student Center (ID-260). Currently the centers have not been evacuated. These communities will be evacuated if volcanic activity continues. Lack of electricity and access to clean water has impacted many Compassion-assisted centers and families. All child development center activities are currently running normally, but will follow all government direction regarding evacuations if needed.
Please pray that the Lord will keep our beneficiaries and their families who live near the volcano safe. Please pray that the volcano will not harm other communities.
Compassion East Indonesia will keep us updated as more information is available.