The Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted on Sunday, June 3, 2018, killing at least 190 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 at least 190 people in Guatemala and injured hundreds more. 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.
When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.
We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.
They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.