February 7, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.
Springfield, MOThe team drove back to Lake Conjola and attended a meeting regarding ongoing needs in the community. In this area, a partnership is being formed that allows school students in the Sydney area to grow plants all year long. These plants will then be gifted to fire-affected communities for residents’ gardens.
Thankfully, a lot of rain has fallen in many areas that have not received rain in a very long time. This has been a great help in the areas affected by fires and drought. Unfortunately, this has caused flooding in a few areas, so the team is also assessing how Convoy of Hope can serve these areas.
January 31, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.
Springfield, MOAnother 3,750 masks were sent to a partner in Bateman’s Bay this week. These will be distributed through the Rural Fire Service across a number of communities in that area. In addition to masks, the Eurobodalla Council reached out and requested storage containers to store relief supplies, similar to the intervention previously provided in Lake Conjola.
January 21, 2020 | 2:30 p.m.
Springfield, MOAssessments continue across communities affected by the bushfires. Many of the areas are still completely cut off by the flames.
In addition to the fires, a rare thunderstorm came through the eastern shore and caused flooding and tree damage. Convoy of Hope assisted with some of the cleanup. The rain is still needed in much of the area, so overall it is welcome. Many of the drought affected communities — who have not seen much of any rain in the last 3 years — also received rain.
January 17, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.
Springfield, MOThe team returned from a trip to one of the affected areas along the southeast coast. This location, Lake Conjola, is where the majority of our assistance has been provided so far.
Yesterday, the winds shifted and again caused smoke to fill many coastal communities as fires continue in more than 100 locations. However, many of the extremely dry areas received a considerable amount of rain over the last two days. This is one of the more significant rainfalls in the past few years.
Doors continue to open with new relationships in other affected areas, and plans are being put into place on how to best serve those locations. Due to the generosity of Australians, water and food needs are at a minimum. However, the team is preparing for when global attention dies down and needs that are currently met will be unmet. Convoy of Hope is ready to assist families who have lost their homes — more than 2,200 now — throughout the recovery process in the coming years.
The team is working to secure storage space for inbound donations and will work to have a container sent from the U.S. to supplement product being given in country.
January 15, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.
Springfield, MOThree containers have been secured and are setup in two areas where relief supplies have been contributed, but there is no storage to hold items for families in the upcoming weeks as they sort through the remains of their property.
Additionally, 9,000 masks have been distributed to areas where smoke is making the air quality too low for breathing.
January 14, 2020 | 8:00 a.m.
Springfield, MOMore than 100 fires continue to burn across Australia, and 36 of them are out of control. Smoke continues to affect the air quality in Sydney and many other coastal communities. More than 2,100 homes have been destroyed. A new Convoy of Hope team being deployed to the area is bringing gear bags, including masks with respirators and solar lanterns.
January 9, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
Springfield, MOConvoy of Hope has delivered relief supplies to communities recently devastated by bushfires. Fire season is far from over, and today was expected to be another catastrophic day as dry conditions and high winds persist.
In addition to immediately providing basic relief supplies, the Disaster Services team will be supporting operations there, with additional staff traveling to Australia and arriving at the beginning of next week.
January 8, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
Springfield, MOAustralia has suffered from fires since September of last year. However, more than 130 fires have occurred since December 20 alone. To date, 15 million acres have been destroyed. The country has deployed 3,000 Army reservists — along with their largest naval vessel — to help evacuate residents from the coast. The U.S. and Canada have also sent fire fighting teams to Australia to aid in efforts. Nearly 70 fires are still uncontained and expected to rage for the next few months.
To put the situation into perspective, Australia's fires are seven times larger than the ones California experienced in 2017. Metropolitan areas cities such as Sydney and Canberra have set record temperatures recently, reaching as high as 120 degrees. Once-blue skies are being replaced with smoke and ash.
Convoy of Hope already has staff on the ground to aid victims of this disaster with relief supplies. Additional team members are deploying soon to help areas that need it most.
Please join us in praying for the people of Australia and our team members.