Important Updates from the One Child Matters team, partners, and supporters.

All Hope Centers Operating Normally

Thank you for your love and care for vulnerable children around the world!

We do not currently have any major crises affecting our children at this time. Rest assured we will provide timely updates when children are affected by crises.

Please continue to pray for the safety of our kids and the Child Champions who tirelessly care for them in communities that can be dangerous.

Nicaragua Update: Hope Centers Reopened

Even as social instability and violence continues into a sixth month in Nicaragua, One Child Matters has reopened the doors of its Hope Centers throughout the country.

More than 500 people have been killed amid anti-government protests that began in mid-April, and Nicaraguan families are struggling as this crisis continues. The national economy has greatly weakened. An estimated 40 percent of the parents of our enrolled children have lost their jobs, and the cost of food has increased, making daily life even more difficult to survive. Additionally, more than 70 percent of the children have been emotionally affected, dealing with fear and trauma due to the conflict.

As we welcome children back into the Hope Centers, our Child Champions are focusing on psychosocial care – meeting their spiritual, emotional, and mental needs, in addition to the physical and social aspects. These caring counselors are working to instill a sense of resiliency within these children and bring much-needed normalcy back into their lives even as conflict continues around them. Child Champions and volunteer staff are also given space to reflect and renew as they strengthen the bonds of their teams in order to assist the children in their care.

Despite the violence and instability, God continues to work for good in Nicaragua, and One Child Matters is implementing its plan for growth there in order to serve more young people living in poverty.

Please continue to pray for our children, their families, our Hope Center staff, and the country of Nicaragua, and that peace and stability will be restored.

India Update: Flooding Impact

Although the rains have subsided, the number of those affected by this devastation has steadily increased, as have the dangers facing the survivors. Severe damage to homes has left the area in total chaos and its citizens vulnerable to crocodiles and venomous snakes. At least 1,200 people have lost their lives, having been washed away by rushing water or fallen prey to cobra and krait bites, and approximately 1.9 million Kerala residents are now displaced.

The Child Champions from One Child Matters’ Hope Centers in Kerala are doing everything they can to help, traveling to refugee camps to assess the needs of the children and their families and providing them with food, basic necessities, and medical care.

Please know that if your sponsored child has been directly affected by these events, we will contact you as soon as possible with more information.

You can help our children in Kerala by donating online to our Children’s Crisis Fund or by calling 800-864-0200 to make a contribution.

India Update: Flooding

India Flooding

Extreme rainfall in the southern state of Kerala, India, has caused widespread flooding and devastation across the region. In what is being considered the worst flood and landslide disaster in almost a century, homes have been severely damaged, and many were swept away by rushing water. Nearly 400 lives have been lost, more than 87,000 people have been displaced, and approximately 1.2 million Kerala citizens are left helpless with urgent humanitarian needs.

Our One Child Matters family has also been impacted in this disaster. Five of our Hope Centers in Kerala are in the region affected by severe flooding. At the time of this report, six children from the Mallapally Hope Center (IN-148) are reported safe at a relief camp, with their homes either lost completely or severely damaged. These children have lost the majority of their possessions, including clothing, school books and uniforms, and important documents. Our Child Champions are assessing our children and coordinating relief efforts, while also being personally affected. We will notify sponsors of children displaced by this disaster as soon as possible.

India Map

Though the monsoon rains are now easing and the floodwaters slowly receding, the humanitarian crisis is only just beginning. In addition to homes being lost or damaged, agricultural lands have been greatly affected, thereby impacting already fragile livelihoods, and current and future food stocks. Water sources have been destroyed or severely compromised, cutting off a safe supply for drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes.

You can help our children in Kerala by donating online to our Children’s Crisis Fund or by calling 800-864-0200 to make a contribution. These funds will be used to provide food and medical supplies, as well as assistance with clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, and other essential items.*

In addition to financial support, please pray fervently for these children and the people of Kerala as they try to recover from this tragedy.

*Should donated funds exceed the amount necessary to meet the immediate and long-term needs of sponsored children, their families, and Hope Centers affected by this disaster, remaining funds will stay in the Children’s Crisis Fund to meet future critical needs following natural disasters and urgent medical care for our children.

Nicaragua Update: Political Crisis

Thank you for your commitment to the children in Nicaragua through child sponsorship. Being a part of a Hope Center and connected to a sponsor like you makes such a difference for these children. In an effort to keep you informed and prayerful, we want to alert you of the current situation in Nicaragua.

In recent weeks, civil unrest and protests broke out in cities across the country. The demonstrations have escalated in violence, making it unsafe for many to leave their homes. The overall turmoil has kept children from schools and adults from their jobs.

More than 1,000 children in our program have been affected by this upheaval with limited access to food and loss of income for their parents. Unfortunately, it looks as though the unrest will continue for some time.

Blockades on main access roads throughout major cities inhibit the purchase of food and drinking water, and widely used products such as gasoline and chicken are scarce. Eight weeks of conflict have resulted in more than 200 deaths with 1,700 wounded and over 100 people still missing, including the son of a tutor from one of our Hope Centers.

In response to the ongoing conflict, the national One Child Matters office convened and formed the OCM National Emergency Committee which is made up of four pastors, two Hope Center Directors, and OCM National staff. It was determined for the physical safety as well as the emotional well-being of the children enrolled in the affected Hope Centers that all One Child Matters program activities be suspended until further notice as the Emergency Committee assess the situation on ground. This team of committed individuals is doing all that they can to prioritize the most urgent needs of these children and their loved ones.

As food stocks in the region are steadily decreasing with local suppliers unable to meet demands, and the loss of work opportunities for area adults (the majority of whom are without permanent jobs), the OCM National Emergency Committee has been in constant contact with our office in the event that requests for additional funding become necessary.

For the safety of our national and Hope Center staff, child and sponsor correspondence will continue but delays are expected. Also, letters will be done electronically, so you may receive a scanned copy of your child letter rather than the original.

We are confident that your sponsored child would find great comfort in extra communication from you during this stressful time. Please take this opportunity to send letters, reminding them that they are cared for and not alone. You can also write to your child online through My Account.

If you would like to offer monetary support, there are avenues in place to ensure that your funds are directed to our Hope Centers in Nicaragua. You can give online to our Crisis Fund or call 800-864-0200 to make a contribution.

Though we are saddened to bring such news, it is our hope that this is awareness will gain your much-needed thoughts, prayers, and assistance.