The Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted on Sunday, June 3, 2018, killing more than 60 people and displacing thousands from their homes. This fund will provide relief to people impacted by the volcano in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine, in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents. All donations to this fund will exclusively support disaster relief and recovery efforts in Guatemala.
The eruption spewed a deadly mix of ash, rock, and volcanic gases more than six miles into the air. The eruption killed more than 60 people in Guatemala and injured hundreds. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. Several of GlobalGiving's local nonprofit partners are responding to survivors' immediate needs and have asked us to help fund their relief and recovery efforts.
All donations to this fund will support recovery and relief efforts for areas in Guatemala affected by the volcano. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations responding to this disaster.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are in the best position to provide long-term support for survivors of natural disasters like this eruption. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors.