Advisory: Heavy Rains and Flooding in Buenaventura, Colombia

  |   Posted: August 12, 2019   |   Updated: September 16, 2019

Final Report: September 16, 2019

The flooding in Buenaventura has receded, and the heavy rains have decreased. The Child Development Centers are continuing to support the affected families with disaster recovery (e.g. repairing homes), and families are returning to their homes. In addition to spiritual and emotional support, mattresses, sheets, and school supplies were purchased and provided to the families.

Thank you for your prayers for the beneficiaries, families and Child Development Center staff.

Update #3: September 4, 2019

Rain continues to affect Buenaventura and the surrounding area. Some beneficiaries are still living with their relatives. The staff at the Child Development Centers (CDCs) have assessed each affected home to provide better cost estimates for repairs. The CDCs also continues to support families with food, emotional and spiritual support, and managing local resources for home repairs. Additionally, the Compassion Colombia National Office is working on a disaster relief plan.

Please pray for the safety of our beneficiaries in this area as they recover.

Update #2: September 3, 2019

Strong winds now affect the area impacted by heavy rains and flooding causing damage in urban areas. The Child Development Centers (CDCs) are proving food and using Compassion Disaster Relief Funds to assist affected beneficiaries and their families. Twelve beneficiaries and their families are living in the homes of other families, so the CDCs have requested additional resources to repair their homes. The Compassion Colombia National Office has activated a disaster response plan to continue providing funds for the beneficiaries.

Please continue to pray for the safety of our beneficiaries in this area.

Update #1: August 15, 2019

The rainy season continues in Buenaventura. Compassion Colombia National Office staff are working with the Child Development Center (CDC) staff to identify the needs of beneficiaries. The CDC staff are visiting the beneficiary homes and providing counseling. To date, 23 beneficiaries have been affected. Local authorities are helping affected families with shelter, food and basic sanitation.

Please pray for the affected beneficiaries and their families as they recover from the flood damage and loss of belongings.

Disaster Alert: August 12, 2019

Strong rains caused flooding in Buenaventura, which is located in the Pacific region of Colombia. Compassion Colombia National Office staff are working with the Child Development Center staff to assess the impact on beneficiaries. Some beneficiaries and their families are living with relatives or in temporary shelters.

Please pray for the safety of our beneficiaries and church partners in this area.

Advisory: Heavy Rains and Flooding in Buenaventura, Colombia