September 21, 2023
On September 12, 2023, heavy rain caused the Baro River to overflow in the Gambella Region of Ethiopia. The flooding caused damage to many homes and farms in the nearby area. Residents have been evacuated and given temporary shelter in dry areas. To date, seven Child Development Centers (CDCs) have been impacted. Two CDCs have experienced damages to their facilities. The Compassion Ethiopia National Office is actively monitoring the situation to determine how to best assist the affected families.
Please pray for the safety of all impacted participants and their families.
Disaster Update #1: October 27, 2023
As of October 27, 2023, families are still recovering from the flooding. Many homes and other buildings were damaged or destroyed. To date, 147 participants and seven Child Development Centers (CDCs) have been impacted. Two CDCs located near the river received damage to their classrooms and church buildings. The Compassion Ethiopia National Office plans to help repair the damage to both participants' homes and CDC classrooms. In the meantime, CDCs have been utilizing Disaster Relief Funds to provide families with items such as food kits, clothing, school supplies, household items and home rental fees.
Please continue to pray for the families who have been impacted by the flooding.
Disaster Update #2: December 1, 2023
As of December 1, 2023, families are still recovering from the flooding. The flood destroyed several of the participants' homes and have also damaged classrooms of Child Development Centers (CDCs). To date, 147 participants and two CDCs have been impacted. The Compassion Ethiopia National Office sent a team to the impacted communities and CDCs to assess the damage and needs for reconstruction. Upon assessment, the Compassion Ethiopia National Office is working on a plan to continue utilizing Disaster Relief Funds to support those impacted and continues to monitor the situation.
Please continue to pray for hope and provision for the participants who have lost their homes and CDCs that are continuing to run programs while working to reconstruct their classrooms.