Natural disaster response requires both short-term and long-term action plans. Our short-term response includes providing feminine hygiene kits and materials for temporary housing shelters. In the long-term, we will support Mixlaj in relocation. This process includes not just the physical reconstruction of housing and other necessities but researching and selecting a safe relocation zone. We will engage in a thorough geographical mapping study to ensure that the community can relocate safely.
We will be working in the community of Mixlaj, outside of Huehutetenango to provide both emergency short-term relief as well as long-term relocation and rebuilding. We will be providing short-term emergency supplies and long-term relocation work to support over 150 impacted families.
In the short-term, we are providing feminine hygiene kits, baby formula, vitamins, and other essentials. These goods will help support the women in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane and set the foundation for long-term recovery. In the long-term, we are engaging in research and geographical studies to ensure safe and effective relocation considering the likelihood of another natural disaster.
Historically, many Indigenous communities in Guatemala have been relocated by the government following a natural disaster without regard for their new location's viability. We are looking to engage in a thorough geographical mapping study to ensure that the community can relocate safely and sustainably, given the likelihood of further natural disaster, equipping them to thrive in years to come.