Australia has suffered from fires since September of last year. More than 130 fires have occurred since December 2019 alone. To date, 15 million acres across the continent have been destroyed. 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.Talking Points
- While our International Disaster Services teams have completed their response to the wildfires, Convoy of Hope Australia will continue Agriculture work through the “Regrow Conjola” initiative. “Regrow Conjola” is a partnership between school students in the Sydney area and communities affected by the fires. Students will grow plants all year long and give them to those whose gardens were destroyed.
- Convoy of Hope Australia has staff on the ground to aid the continent’s wildfire survivors with relief supplies.
- Our team in Australia continues to meet with officials and community members to determine how Convoy of Hope can assess what needs are present and how we can respond.
- A shower truck was secured through a local partnership and has served more than 75 families, firefighters, and emergency personnel. Many people who used the truck had not had a shower in more than a week.
- Please join us in praying for the people of Australia and our team members.
- Visit convoyofhope.org/australia to donate.
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