Over three thousand people are left homeless after the eruption of the volcano Fuego near Antigua, Guatemala. Their homes are destroyed, and the families and children need a safe place to stay until alternate housing can be arranged. They have nothing left, and entire villages were destroyed, so many don't have social networks to turn to.
The Santa Madre Homeless Shelter has been operating for 15 years, and can help ease the burden of the newly homeless families. We can provide them food, showers, laundry tubs, new clothing, safety, trauma care, medical care, bathrooms, and of course beds. This will make sure children and families are safe while reunification happens and housing arrangements are made.
Having a safe place for these children to stay prevents potential abuse that could occur if they had to sleep in non-secured locations. Access to showers will reduce their risk of infections, keeping them healthy. Regular meals, safety, and comfort are all necessary to recover from the trauma they have experienced.
Facebook Video of Shelter and Homeless Families
Facebook Video of Inside Shelter after Volcano