Institute for Overcoming Urban Misery (ISMU)

ISMU is a network of 17 community organizations and NGOs based in Guatemala City that was founded in 1992. ISMU's mission is to help strengthen grassroots organizations and promote community participation so that marginalized urban communities can negotiate and mobilize collectively to get their needs met and their rights recognized. ISMU prioritizes gender equity in all of its work.

Durable Home

Durable Home
This is an example of what the finished homes will look like. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mud Covers a Former Village

Mud Covers a Former Village
The rain caused many mudslides throughout Guatemala causing whole communities to swept away. (view small | med | large | orig)

Flooded Homes are Evacuated

Flooded Homes are Evacuated
Families are helped to safety after their homes are flooded. (view small | med | large | orig)

Bridge and Road are Washed Away

Bridge and Road are Washed Away
A major route connecting communities is washed away by the force of the water. (view small | med | large | orig)

Rebuilding Hope After Hurricane Stan in Guatemala

Rebuilding Hope After Hurricane Stan in Guatemala
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