Aid for the people affected by the Fuego Volcano
Aiding the survivors
On Sunday, June 3, 2018, as people were enjoying their friends and family, Volcan de Fuego erupted violently, depositing over 12 feet of scorching ash and releasing flows of lava upon the villages nestled below. ( CNN - Fuego Eruption ) The death toll is uncertain, as entire communities are sealed beneath the still smoldering ash. But the survivors – those who were not home in the most effected areas – number in the thousands.
In keeping with the directive of the late Michael Bonderer, “Just Show Up to Make a Difference in the World,” Zuze Bonderer led a mission to Guatemala to bring much needed aid and to assess how Homes from the Heart can help the survivors to rebuild their lives.
Providing food to survivors at Guadalupe Church
In coordination with Padre Geraldo, pastor of Parroquia Nuestra senora de Guadalupe, Homes purchased over 600 pounds of chicken, cold cuts and hot dogs, and 300 eggs to help feed the survivors housed at the Church.
Assisting the rescuers
Homes from the Heart purchased and delivered 68 pairs of boots to area firemen, first responders and volunteers from surrounding communities that are still working to recover those who are lost. The soles of their boots have melted away and cracked due to the intense heat of the ash, so Homes replaced their damaged boots with ones that will better withstand the extreme conditions in which they continue to work, recovering those who were lost.
Supplies have arrived to replace damaged roofs for many families. After the initial damage from the volcano left many homes exposed to the elements, rainy season has cause homes to turn into showers. In addition to the 27 people waiting for Homes from the Heart to fix their roof, we also have six families who desperately need a house to live in due to losses sustained during the volcanic eruption. Many of these families are large and face additional challenges. Stay tuned for updates on the building of these roofs and the tenants awaiting better shelter.
San Andrés Itzapa
We work in the community of San Andres Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. A group of indigenous nuns in the community host our volunteer teams at the Carmelo de Nazareth convent, providing meals and lodging. They also help us identify service projects that will have a positive impact within the community.
Our primary work so far in Guatemala has been building ventilated stoves for families in the community. Many people cook with open fires inside their home, breathing in toxic fumes and becoming ill. By building simple, cement block stoves that carry smoke outside of the home, we can improve community health in a substantial way. We're also serving the San Bartolomé school in the community, and will be completing repair projects that are desperately needed there.