Guatemala Volcano Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving
Guatemala Volcano Relief Fund
Nov 9, 2018

The recovery continues in Guatemala

Photo: Habitat para la Humanidad Guatemala
Photo: Habitat para la Humanidad Guatemala

It's been five months since Guatemala's deadliest volcanic event in nearly 90 years, and our nonprofit partners remain hard at work assisting survivors of Volcán de Fuego's violent eruption.  

Thanks to 980 generous donors like you who've raised more than $113,000 for community-led relief and recovery efforts, we've continued to receive encouraging reports of progress being made toward recovery:

  • Fundacion Habitat para la Humanidad Guatemala’s team spent several weeks after the eruption identifying and supporting 165 sheltered families living with 58 host families, as this population was being missed by other NGOs and government bodies. They’ve distributed 52 water filters and 50 wood-burning smokeless stoves to the host homes, helping both the sheltered families and their hosts have access to clean water and healthy kitchens. They’re also working with 16 families from areas now deemed uninhabitable by the Guatemalan government to build new homes on newly purchased land in a residential area called Valle de la Flores.
  • Asociación Generando (ASOGEN), in coordination with their partners at the Global Fund for Children, opened a shelter for families who fled El Rodeo village in Chimaltenango, and provided the evacuees with food, clothing, and medicine. They also launched a psychosocial care program to support children coping with trauma after the volcanic eruption.

Thank you again for your generosity, and for making the wise decision to donate cash to fund relief and recovery work after a natural disaster—it allows responders to quickly access the resources they need to address the most urgent needs of survivors while potentially helping revitalize local economies rather than disrupting them.  

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months about the continued impact your donation is making on recovery efforts in Guatemala.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

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