Advisory: Smog in Sintang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia

  |   Posted: September 11, 2019   |   Updated: September 30, 2019

Final Report: September 30, 2019

As of September 27, all Child Development Centers have reopened.

Thank you for your prayers for the beneficiaries and church partners during this time of poor air quality.

Update #4: September 24, 2019

Some Child Development Centers (CDCs) have reopened and are having program activities. Other CDCs remain temporarily closed. Please pray that the air quality improves and all the CDCs will be able to reopen soon.

Update #3: September 19, 2019

Because of smog from the ongoing fires, almost all of the Child Development Centers (CDCs) in the West Kalimantan area are now temporarily closed. So far, 42 CDCs have suspended activities. This is impacting their ability to complete beneficiary updates, letter processes, and survival reporting milestones.

Please pray for the smog to dissipate and air quality to improve in this area so that the CDCs can re-open, and beneficiaries can attend program activities again.

Update #2: September 18, 2019

Fires continue to burn, and the smog caused by the fires is now affecting a larger area of West Kalimantan. Additional Child Development Centers have temporarily suspended activities. The list of additional centers affected by the smog is not yet available.

Please pray for the health and safety of our beneficiaries and Child Development Center staff in this area.

Update #1: September 16, 2019

The smog from the fire is still lingering around Sintang and surrounding areas. The Child Development Centers are still closed, but hope to re-open in the next few days.

Please pray for the beneficiaries, families, and Child Development Center staff to have relief from the poor air quality soon.

Disaster Alert: September 11, 2019

A fire burned in West Kalimantan and produced heavy smog in Sintang. The local government directed schools to close for a couple of days. The four Child Development Centers (CDCs) in the area temporarily suspended program activities. They plan on re-opening on Monday, September 16, if the air quality has improved. The CDCs provided masks to project staff and the beneficiaries and encouraged them to stay home. Due to legal restrictions regarding personal health information, we are not able to share specific information about affected beneficiaries.

Please pray for improved air quality so the beneficiaries and their families, as well as the Child Development Centers, can resume normal activity.