On Sunday, June 3rd, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala registered one of the most violent eruptions ever recorded in the country, throwing hot ash, rocks, and volcanic matter 11 kilometers above the sea level and reaching the capital city, more than 50 kilometers from the volcano. Official records state that it left at least 110 people dead, 197 missing, 400 injured, and 1,877 in shelters. It is estimated that at least 1.7 million people were affected by the ash.
One of the most affected communities, and least attended, is Santa Lucia Cotzumalgualpa, Escuintla, where the YMCA had delivered youth leadership development programs and violence prevention programs since 2012. YMCA Guatemala will send a volunteer brigade to provide psycho-emotional support and organize recreational activities for more than 400 people staying in shelters.
As YMCA Guatemala we make an appeal to our friends, partners and the world solidarity to respond to the urgent needs of this community.
Please keep the people of Guatemala in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for your generosity,