(September 25, 2017) We’ve heard good news about sponsored families in the Dominican Republic! Thankfully, everyone is safe. There have been flooding and landslides in some of the communities where sponsored families live, so we are working with these folks to ensure they have safe places to stay until their housing situations can be resolved. The CI Youth Council there is also helping out families who’ve been affected by the storm by replacing or repairing their roofs.
Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by the recent storms.
(September 21, 2017) The center of Hurricane Maria, which is now a category 3, continues to pass offshore of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic today. Children International’s office and community centers are closed for today, but our field staff in the communities have checked in. Santiago is experiencing heavy rains; areas outside the city are experiencing occasional rain and wind.
We don’t have any information about sponsored families yet, but we will post another update as soon as we get more details.
(September 19, 2017) On Tuesday afternoon, a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla. The quake leveled buildings up to 75 miles away, including some in Mexico City. The epicenter was approximately 350 miles from our sponsorship communities in the state of Jalisco.
Although our staff in Jalisco felt tremors, we are grateful that there were no injuries or damage reported. All CI activities are operating normally.
Today’s earthquake occurred more than one week after a magnitude-8.1 quake struck off the southern coast of the country. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.
(September 19, 2017) Category 5 Hurricane Maria is expected to make landfall in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday, then continue its path toward the Dominican Republic Wednesday night and Thursday. The government of the Dominican Republic issued warnings for the eastern coast and this morning ordered mandatory evacuations in areas where the hurricane is expected to hit the hardest.
Children International staff and volunteers have already been prepping for the storm by working with families on preventive measures and distributing a list of available shelters and resources. CI’s main office in the D.R. will be closed Thursday, but we will stay in close contact with staff there to ensure everyone remains safe. Stay up to date by checking back here often.
(September 12, 2017) As a global nonprofit, the aftermath of the recent natural disasters has been felt across borders by supporters and sponsored families alike. Over the last three weeks, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the 8.1 earthquake in Latin America and the West coast wildfires have affected 4 countries where we work: the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and the USA.
Thankfully, all our agencies located in these countries have reported our sponsored families are safe and no serious damage has been reported in our communities. We'll continue to check with families in the following weeks and keep sponsors updated as needed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these devastating events, including our wonderful supporters going through these difficult times. If you are a sponsor directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the earthquake in Mexico and Guatemala or the West Coast wildfires, we want to help ease your worries. If you have any questions about your account or contributions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-888-3089 to speak with a member of our Care Team.