Thanks to donations after Agatha we have already provided much needed food and seeds, and recently we also provided raincoats for over 500 children in both of schools in which we work.
Due to the abnormal rains that are currently hitting Guatemala, raincoats for all the children mean that they can still come to school each day, many walking for up to an hour to get there, and it staves off potential illness. Thanks so much to everyone who donated.
Unfortunately after the brutal damage inflicted on fragile communities in Guatemala the weather has continued to bring destruction with continual heavy rain causing fatal mudslides and further crop damage.
Many people in the Indigenous communities simply don't have food or money to sustain themselves and worry greatly about next year into which they will bring no reserves.
Donations so far have been greatly appreciated and helped us to supply emergency food supplies, fast growing crops, building repairs and structural reinforcement in preparation for the next time. In the schools we have also been able to give the kids raincoats to help prevent them from getting drenched each time they walk to school hoping to reduce illness.
Thanks to the incredible fundraising response from our supporters we have started aid for communities in Guatemala.
In Santa Maria De Jesus, 90% of crops and several houses were destroyed with many other houses suffering structural damage. Saddest of all some family members were killed.
With the funding we distributed emergency food supplies, Maiz for tortillas and sugar to the families of children we teach. The Maiz will be sufficient to provide tortillas for a family for a whole month which will help greatly during this difficult time.
Lack of food, even more than before, is now a huge problem for Indigenous communities in Guatemala.
We have been able to go out and see the extent of the damage after Agatha. It is believed that all the maiz crops, for the staple tortillas, have been pretty much destroyed. Following on from last year's disastrous crop, this doesn't bode well for the rest of the year.
Thanks to fundraising by previous and current volunteers, we have been able to buy emergency food for each family, and will undertake a seed scheme for the families, looking further into the future, and also repairing structural damage and looking at ways to prevent the housing damage in the future.
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