Rebuilding Hope After Hurricane Stan in Guatemala

by Institute for Overcoming Urban Misery (ISMU)


In October, Hurricane Stan hit Guatemala, causing massive mudslides and floods. At least 3.5 million were affected and over 100,000 homes were severely damaged or destroyed, leaving many homeless.
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ISMU is working on a reconstruction plan in the communities of El Jabalí, El Cajón, and Rancho Fortaleza, where all the homes were lost and 192 families displaced. People here make their living as laborers on the coastal sugar plantations, which have notoriously low pay and poor labor conditions. Many families were living in straw huts in the low areas next to the plantations and lost everything to the floods. Yet they have received no aid from federal agencies or the International Red Cross.


The project will buy materials to build a durable home for each family. A plot of land will be assigned to each family and the local government will pay to transport the materials. The families will supply the labor, under technical supervision.

Long-Term Impact

Families have permanent, safe homes, offering better protection against hurricanes. Creates a model for collaboration among community organizations, international donors, local government and families to offer safe, durable homes for thousands.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Institute for Overcoming Urban Misery (ISMU)

Organization Information

Institute for Overcoming Urban Misery (ISMU)

Location: San Francisco, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​​ismuhtml
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, California United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 4 donors like you, a total of $145 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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