Guatemala Housing Alliance was forced to take an abrupt detour when Covid arrived in the communities we work in around Lago de Atitlan. Families were required to isolate and transportation halted, and along with it the possibility of building more homes and floors. Our focus turned to those in immediate need, the food insecure. Malnutrition rates have soared since Covid. GHA has so far provided 1340 parcels of food, each to supplement the needs of a family of 4 for 2 weeks.
October 7th brought another batch of misery to the town of San Marcos La Laguna when a huge boulder rolled nearly a kilometer down the steep, rain-soaked side of the lake's caldera. Four people died and many homes were destroyed. 200 families had to evacuate their homes for fear of more rocks dislodging. Our team of Director Madai Yojcom and Social Worker Cecy Batz Bizarro, coordinated with other organazations and determined that GHA would take on the chore of replacing the wardrobes of people who fled with just the clothes they had been wearing.
So the work has changed with the reality of the times. GHA continues to apply itself to the greatest need.
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