Update #1: September 10, 2019
The forest fire continues to burn despite the government and international efforts. To date, it has burned 1.7 million hectares (over 6,500 square miles). Thankfully, none of our beneficiaries or Child Development Centers are in the area where the fire burns.
Please continue to pray for the safety of our beneficiaries and Child Development Centers in the area.
Disaster Alert: August 27, 2019
A forest fire caused by illegal burning in the community of Robore in Eastern Santa Cruz was declared an emergency because of the magnitude of the fire expansion and its proximity to Brazil. Various government institutions are responding. In coordination with the local authorities they are providing water (to extinguish the fire), as well as food and medicine for the people fighting the fire. A “supertanker” firefighter plane was rented to mitigate the fire. At this time, the total area lost is nearing 500,000 acres of forest, crop and grassland. Thankfully, no Child Development Centers or beneficiaries have been affected.
Please pray for the safety of our beneficiaries and Child Development Centers near Santa Cruz.