Guatemala is in a state of emergency. The eruption of “Volcán de Fuego” (Volcano of Fire), located less than 30 miles away from Guatemala City, has killed at least 99 people and left nearly 200 more missing. It has also forced 3,500 Guatemalans in communities close to the volcano to flee their homes and into shelters.
About 1.7 million people in all have been affected by Guatemala’s most aggressive eruption in over a century.
Here is how you can help Guatemalans as they begin to rebuild and recover from the disaster:
GoFundMe has also complied a list of verified campaigns to help those affected by the Fuego volcano eruption.
Arca de Noé, the largest pet store chain in Guatemala, is collecting donations for animals and humans alike at their shops.
The U.S.-based God’s Child Project, which operates facilities in Guatemala, has launched a massive relief effort, with the support of generous donors who will match donations. Their staff are working around the clock to make sure victims have shelter, medical care, food and clothing.
World Vision is on the ground providing immediate relief to survivors.Your donation will help them continue providing food, water, and support in shelters to victims of the volcano eruption, as well as the many long-term needs of families as they work to rebuild homes, schools, roads, re-plant crops, and more. Our staff will remain in the area helping families who have been devastated as they recover and rebuild.
The Miguel Vargas Association is accepting donations to aid with recovery, specifically to help with medical assistance and supplies.
Helps International, the nonprofit organization located in Guatemala City provides programs in healthcare, education and economic development. The team is on the ground in affected areas distributing water filters and eye medications.
Raise Awareness: In addition to monetary donations and goods, you can raise awareness on social media. The hashtags #VolcanDeFuego, #PrayForGuatemala, #GuatemalaEstoyContigo and #AidGuatemala have helped bring attention to the devastation caused by the volcanic eruption.