Volcanic eruption in Guatemala
On June 3rd, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted, leaving the capital city covered in ash. As of the most recent update, there are 329 missing, 113 dead and over 3,000 living in shelters.
The Guatemalan government has constructed temporary homes in camps where families can seek respite. As of July, school resumed for students with classes being held in tents.
—a Canadian-supported community—was not directly impacted by volcanic flow but families here have endured residual ash damage, affecting their homes and livelihoods. Many are now suffering lung and skin conditions because of the toxic air. World Vision has been working to give 3,400 children medical check-ups.
We have also been on the ground, delivering donations of food, clothing, hygiene kits and medical aid to shelters in the weeks since the initial response.
Child-friendly spaces are making an impact, with 368 adolescents and 35 parents receiving counselling and mental health care.
World Vision will continue to prioritize protection, food, shelter and health care moving forward, 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.
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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.