Weʼre raising £3,000 to buy essential equipment for the firefighters in Guatemala who are working hard in atrocious conditions following volcanic eruption.
- Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
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On Sunday there was a massive volcanic eruption in my home country Guatemala. 70 people have died, 192 are missing and as many as 1.7 million have been affected. The President declared that there is no budget to deal with the emergency (most likely because he, his family, congress and the military have stolen it to fund their lavish lifestyle) so it is up to us to help in any way we can.
My mother is 20 min away from the most affected area, any money raised will be sent directly to her. She and a group of trusted friends will buy what is needed and personally hand it over. We want to avoid giving money to ensure help truly goes to where it is intended. I will provide regular updates and am happy to give a full report to anyone who asks for it.
Firefighters and other rescue personel are working with melted boots or inadequate footware, using sticks and metal rods instead of shovels, without water because they are not able to adequately carry it, and without essential masks. In other words they are facing an impossible task in the worst possible conditions.
At the moment I think supporting the rescue operation is the most pressing need, the shelters have enough food and nothing else can progress until this is completed. If more money is raised than needed for rescue equipment this will go towards the purchase of building material to re-built.
Thank you for reading, thank you for caring and remember any help big or small is much needed and appreciated. It is truly the thought that counts.
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