On account of heavy rain, two major mudslides recently occurred in the municipality of Zacapa, Guatemala, devastating the population. The first occurred on July 22nd, killing 12 people, wounding 5, destroying 1 bridge, and leaving 15 people living in extreme risk. The second mudslide, on July 24th, destroyed 175 homes and left 287 people living at risk. The municipality was officially declared in a state of emergency after the second mudslide.
Many children lost parents in these mudslides. ISMU reacted quickly to ensure that the children would be able to continue their education, especially for those in primary education as well as having access to basic needs such as food, clothing and housing.
In the last 6 months, ISMU has been able to support 24 children affected by these mudslides to continue their primary education covering school fees, school supplies and uniforms as well as to ensure their siblings and one parent to have their meals at the table every day.