Earthquake in Guatemala

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Hi,

I heard that there was an earthquake in Mexico and Guatemala. Will you let me know if my correspondent child is directly affected by it? I'm really worried about Damaris.
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Grace

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Teresa Dawn

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Hi Grace! 
I'm not Compassion staff, just a sponsor, but staff might not answer until Monday now since they are closed on weekends.  (Although I have seen them sometimes answer on weekends anyways lol!  The girls that run this are fantastic!) 

Anyways, I pray that your child is okay.  Compassion will let you know if your child was affected, so it's a "No News is Good News" type situation, however the news often takes several weeks to reach us, depending on how long it takes for everything to be accounted for and sent to Compassion.  In areas that are more affected it could take longer. 

Compassion does have a Crisis Update page on their website that you can check as well.  It's located here: https://www.compassion.com/where-we-work/crisis-updates.htm?_ga=2.6758644.730694525.1496329181-38845...  And they keep us up to date as they get news.  They don't usually post the individual children affected but they will tell us which projects are affected.  I don't know where your Damaris is but there's a seperate post for each the Mexico and Guatemala projects right now.  From reading it sounds like there is more information about the affects in Mexico at the moment but neither country yet has been able to submit a report to Compassion so they are not yet sure which projects and beneficiaries are affected.  They will update those posts when they know so be sure to bookmark the one for your child's country and check back.  Hope that helps you, and know that if it is your child impacted, they'll let you know directly too. 
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Interestingly I was writing a letter (online) to my Guatamalan child (in Quetzaltenango)
when the earthquake struck. Didn't find out about the earthquake until it was already a half hour past (on a website watching Irma, someone mentioned)  So I have to wait for the 24 hours to be past to write a note of encouragement!
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Thank you, Teresa Dawn (sort of...) - I saw a map online, and I knew my child in the San Marcos dept. would have felt the earth quake, and 1 other child probably too, but I really wasn't concerned that those lines on the map meant damage. The news I read made it sound like Guatemala was not much affected. I'm a bit more concerned after reading this advisory, but hoping that the lack of coverage in the news means good news. I will check back on the link you shared occasionally.
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Grace, where is your correspondent child located?
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Found this in the news: "In San Marcos, Guatemala, the hospital was damaged, and rescuers reported moderate infrastructure damage. The Catholic cathedral in Huehuetenango reported moderate damage." (http://catholicphilly.com/2017/09/news/world-news/magnitude-8-1-earthquake-strikes-off-pacific-coast...)

(I have 1 child in Huehuetenango & 1 child about 40 miles from San Marcos-towards the coast and Mexico.)

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Hi Beth,

My correspondent child is located in Uspantan, Guatemela
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Hello everyone,

We appreciate all of your care, concern, and prayers for your children and the people of Mexico and Guatemala. Teresa Dawn is correct. We typically update our crisis page with the most recent information we are receiving about regions where we work. We regrettably do not have any information about specific children at this time, but if your child was affected, we will contact you personally with this information as soon as it is available. Both of our country offices in Mexico and Guatemala (whose job it is to gather information and communicate it to us) were not damaged. That typically means that information can flow quicker but it may still take time to assess the damage. We really try to be as accurate as possible with the information on your child and it does typically take some time to be sure. I really wish I had more information to share with you at this time but that is really all that we have. 

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