Volcanic eruption in Guatemala
On June 3, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted, leaving the capital city covered in ash. Several deaths have been reported and many people are still missing, making this the biggest volcanic impact in Guatemala in decades.
Schools, houses and roads have been damaged and access to essential services is limited. Search and rescue teams are still working hard to locate and treat the people who have been injured. An alert was declared by the government in the areas most affected.
Two Canadian-supported communities– San Pedro and Asodisa –have been impacted. Thankfully, Guatemalan staff have confirmed that all the sponsored children in these communities have been accounted for and are safe.
World Vision’s response has been to assess damages and needs, coordinate with the government and deliver humanitarian aid such as water, hygiene kits, clothing, medicine and counselling where needed. Child-safe spaces are also being provided to keep children and adolescents protected.
World Vision will continue to monitor the situation and post any new updates on this page. For more information, or to check on the status of your sponsored child, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.
To help us quickly respond to emergency situations like the one in Guatemala, please consider donating to our Emergency Response and Preparedness fund: https://donate.worldvision.ca/products/donate-to-emergency-disaster-relief
For many children in Guatemala, poverty and violence are far too often common companions with homicide rates among the highest in the world outside of war zones. To protect children from the violence around them, we work with pastors, teachers, community leaders and the children themselves to raise awareness and implement strategies to help kids be safe and thrive.
More than half of Guatemala’s population live below the poverty line and one half of the children are malnourished. Along with income-supporting programs, we help parents cultivate diversified backyard vegetable gardens and learn how to maximize nutritional benefits in meal preparation.