As of Wednesday morning, Compassion International reports that they have not yet made contact with their Haiti office, which is near the epicenter of Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake. The quake has produced many aftershocks, including two of significant intensity – over 5.0 in magnitude. Communication to Haiti is virtually impossible with widespread damage to cell towers and communication lines.
Compassion shared on Twitter that their reach in Haiti involves 230 churches helping 65,000+ children/families, 2,200 Child Survival Program moms and babies and almost 100 leadership students. “Based on the epicenter, media reports and our center locations, we expect centers have been affected.” The Compassion office in the Dominican Republic reports ground teams are heading for the border and additional staff are flying into Haiti by helicopter.
Many across the U.S. sponsor a child through Compassion International. Today, Compassion reposted a relevant article on their blog entitled, “Was my sponsored child affected by that crisis?”
If you would like to assist Compassion with relief efforts, you can text “disaster” to 90999 to give $10 to Haiti relief efforts, or give online at their website.