February 1, 2023
As of February 2023, the floods have completely subsided. In total, one Child Development Center (CDC) and 152 participants were affected. The Compassion Colombia National Office was able to provide relief items such as tarps, shoes, food kits, water, household items and home repair materials to the affected families. Daily activities have resumed and families have now returned to growing crops and raising animals.
Thank you for your prayers for the participants and their families.
December 8, 2022
Thankfully, the rains and subsequent flooding are diminishing in Cotorra, Colombia. So far, 131 participants and 1 Child Development Center (CDC) have been affected by the flooding. The participants and their families are gradually returning to their daily activities, which include repair work on properties that have structural issues and land deterioration due to the floods. Several streets are still flooded with retained water and the increase in insects persists.
The CDCs have been an uplifting presence during this time and have encouraged healthy habits, particularly related to safe drinking water. The Compassion Colombia National Office is in continuous communication with the CDCs and remain attentive to any change in the weather that may modify the current conditions.
Please continue to pray for the participants and their families during this difficult time as they combat the effects of the flooding and begin property repairs.
November 11, 2022
As storms continue in Colombia, the support of the community has been fundamental. Stagnant floodwater has caused an increase in mosquitos and toads in the area. Water pumps were placed in the most affected neighborhoods to evacuate stagnant water, and mosquito nets and boards have been provided to place in the home entryways. The loss of crops and livestock has caused the loss of jobs and limited access to some foods. They are also experiencing power outages and limited internet access. The Child Development Center is educating the participants and their families on the use of mosquito nets, waste collection, garbage management and the importance of drinking water. They are also providing food and household goods, as needed, to the impacted families.
Please continue to pray for the participants and their families as they endure the remainder of the season.
October 25, 2022
Strong storms and floods have caused the loss of crops, animals and other belongings in Cotorra, Colombia. So far, 131 participants have been impacted by the floods, and the families of several participants have had to abandon their homes due to flooding. The Compassion Colombia National Office has supplied disaster relief funds for food kits and safe drinking water. The rainy season is expected to last until mid-December, so this will be an ongoing need.
Please pray for these families and that those displaced will be able to repair their homes and return to them soon.