Kids for Guatemala is returning to Guatemala this November to work alongside our partners at The Village Experience and Vamos Adelante. We are excited to see our friends in Ceylan, Osuna, ChuChu, Zapote, Santa Rosa and more. Living in the shadow of Volcano Fuego has proven difficult for many of these communities, and they continue to struggle with accessing clean water, improving their home structures, eating nutritious food, and evacuating when needed.
Our group is raising money to help these communities in the following ways:
*Fund a year long milk program for 75 of the most malnourished children in the area. Whole milk does wonders for these children and this program would ensure that each child is provided with milk throughout the week to help them recover and start to thrive. One of the side effects of the continued eruptions of Volcano Fuego is the closing of several farms in the area which employeed a lot of people in our program. With the loss of jobs and income for the families, the rate of malnourished children in the area has greatly increased.
*Continue our support of the elderly living on their own in our partner villages. We will be providing essential healthy food to over 200 elderly in our program. This is one of the most touching programs we participate in. Their restricted movement means they are especially vulnerable and often cut off from the outside world. They depend on supplies from our partners for their survival.
*Provide much needed beds to families in the remote village of El Nispero. A bed is a luxury for many families and bringing 20 beds into the community will help to greatly improve the standard of living for many people in the area.
*Provide new concrete floors for 10 families in ChuChu rebuilding after the multiple eruptions of Volcano Fuego the past two years. We will put the concrete mixer we funded (LUCY) to good use by helping these families construct solid homes to protect their children.
*Provide over 200 evacuation kits for those living in the most vulnerable areas of Volcano Fuego - these will include a rope for families to use to stay together, high powered manual flashlights, small scarves to protect against smoke, a water recipient, and a whistle. These could be lifesavers for families during the next eruption.
*Provide 50 specialized kitchen kits to families who lost everything in the eruptions. These kits would contain cutting knives, utensils, cutting board, durable coffee mugs and plates, serving spoons, and a cooking pot. Families are requesting this help as some of these items are well beyond their means.
*Provide table and chair sets to 5 families in the area who are striuggling to rebuild after the earthquake. Local carpenters will be employed to create these items to further pump some money into the economy.
*Our friends in Ceylan have requested 45 small tables and chairs for one of their classrooms to provide a more suitable learning environment for the students. We know this village has been incredibly isolated during the eruptions, and we would like to do anything we can to help them.
*We are also asking for physical donations of durable mosquito nets due to the high alert of Dengue Fever in some of the villages. If interested in purchasing these and sending to one of our passengers to bring to Guatemala, please let us know. We are looking to bring at least 200.
These items are invaluable to families who struggle to survive living among the very active Volcano Fuego in the Esquintla region. We hope that you will join us in this fundraiser and follow our journey back to Guatemala with our families. Each and every donation counts and helps us to reach our goal.
Thank you for your continued support of our Family Philanthropy programs in Guatemala.