Children of the Nations is monitoring the path of Hurricane Maria near the Dominican Republic. Please check back here daily for updates. 


Monday, September 25, 11:50 a.m. PDT:

There continues to be a lot of rain, but thankfully, no strong winds or heavy flooding, which in the past has caused the most damage. COTN staff

continues to monitor the river, but so far, this has not reached dangerous levels.


Thank you for your prayers. We continue to pray for the safety of our communities and for those in areas that were the hardest hit by Hurricane




Thursday, September 21, 4:05 p.m. PDT:

This afternoon, the Dominican government placed Barahona, the city where COTN serves, on yellow alert because of the growth of some

nearby rivers from the rain. Hurricane Maria has been moving away from the DR, but it is still bringing a lot of rain to the whole country. The villages

we're most concerned about are Los Robles, Altagracia, and Algodon because the main river [Rio Ya Que Del Sur] that flows near those

communities has been growing quickly. The authorities have announced that the strongest rain will happen in the next 48 hours.



Please pray with us for God's protection on the children and families who live near this swelling river.


You can also provide food, clean water, mosquito nets, and other supplies by making a donation right here. Thank you!



Thursday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. PDT:

Praise God! Children of the Nations staff in the Dominican Republic reported that they received some rain Wednesday night as Hurricane Maria passed the

Dominican Republic. However, there has been no flooding so far in the communities COTN serves. The Barahona region, where COTN's offices are located,

was spared from most of the effects of Maria. Barahona is no longer under a tropical storm warning, as Maria moves north-northwest away from the

Dominican Republic.


Thank you for your prayers this week. Our Dominican staff have requested more emergency supplies, so they can be better prepared for future

disasters. This hurricane season has been more dangerous than usual for people living in the Caribbean, so we need to be ready in the coming weeks. You

can help provide food, hygiene supplies, and more for disaster relief by making a donation right here. Thank you!


Wednesday, September 20, 1 p.m. PDT:

Children of the Nations staff in the Dominican Republic purchased mosquito nets last night, and will be distributing them to the families in the villages we serve.

They started a mosquito net distribution after Hurricane Irma earlier this month. This will complete the distribution for families who had not yet received nets.




Instances of mosquito-borne diseases rise after heavy rains. Having these nets will help families and children avoid contracting dengue fever, chikungunya, and

other painful illnesses.


You can bring relief to children and families by helping to cover the cost of mosquito nets and other supplies. As Hurricane Maria moves toward the Dominican

Republic, pray and provide help by clicking this link. Thank you!



Tuesday, September 19, 2 p.m. PDT:

Our staff in the Dominican Republic met this morning to discuss how they will respond to Hurricane Maria. Thankfully, due to the preparations for Hurricane

Irma earlier this month, we already have a large supply of surplus resources stored in the warehouse.
 Included are 5-gallon water jugs, blankets, and

food supplies to distribute. After Irma, our staff also distributed mosquito nets to families in the villages we serve.
In addition, we have tools for rescuing families if conditions require such measures, and items such as tarps for protecting homes as needed. 
As of Tuesday afternoon, Maria is moving northwest across the Caribbean toward Puerto Rico. The hurricane is expected to hit the eastern and northern sides of the

Dominican Republic Wednesday night and Thursday morning before turning north. 
COTN's ministry sites are in the southwestern area of the Dominican Republic. This region is under a tropical storm warning. Our children and staff will likely

see significant wind and rain—much more than we saw during Hurricane Irma,

which was relatively mild. Please pray with us that any effects from Maria would be mild as well.
COTN's Dominican emergency response team is also preparing a plan for disaster response in the north of the country if we find ourselves with excess resources

and if there is a great need in that area. 
We will know more about what to expect after the hurricane makes landfall in Puerto Rico, as this will affect its path and force. Thank you for keeping

the children in your prayers.