By Henry Flores, CFCA communications liaison in El Salvador
After seven days of intense rain all throughout El Salvador, we finally saw the sun Tuesday, Oct. 18.
It brought hope, smiles and lots of birds flying in the blue sky. However, today (Oct. 19) we woke up with a much more intense rain that has led to blocked roads, flooded rivers and major mudslides in cities, towns and roads.
It is a sign of hope for us to face this emergency with the presence of nine sponsors who are participating in a CFCA mission awareness trip in El Salvador.
In spite of this emergency, they have been extremely open to the inconveniences of visiting our communities under heavy rain, extremely muddy conditions and difficult walking access.
During our visits, we have witnessed the reality of those living in fragile economic and housing conditions. It is an eye-opening experience that makes us all appreciate the comfort and safety of our homes, but is a dramatic call to do something for those less fortunate.
Yesenia, mother of sponsored child Sandra Vanessa, and her family are currently sleeping at the communal house in their community, ìManuel,î because their house is at risk of collapsing or being buried by potential mudslides.
ìWater is flowing from the dirt floor of my house,î said Yesenia. ìThere is so much mud behind my house, I am afraid it will collapse over us. This is why I left with my children. Unfortunately, the rain does not stop.î
Besides the heavy rains, the local authorities are announcing a potential cold front to enter tonight, which will bring a much worse situation to those affected.
We continue our effort of covering emergency needs of our sponsored and their families. Once the emergency is over, they will need further assistance and support to rebuild their lives.
We deeply appreciate all your prayers; they have been warming our footsteps in each of the communities we have visited.
We have shared them with our CFCA family and are certain that soon the beauty of the sun will shine upon us again as a message from our Lord, telling us that better things are to come.
Central American rains endanger CFCA families