Guatemala Disaster Relief 2018

$134,433 of $115,000 goal

Raised by 2,421 people in 18 days

We would like to clarify that we don't represent any institutions, we are just two Guatemalan siblings who wanted to help our country in this desperate time of need. We are coordinating with multiple organizations, GoFundMe, and a team of lawyers, accountants and crowdfunding experts to make sure that this money is distributed with transparency and efficiently to those in need. We are working on these logistics as quickly as possible, and will continue to update you as we make developments. Please see the "Updates" tab for the latest and note that we will demonstrate proof of how your generous donations are used.



Guatemalans had a rough day on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 when the Fire Volcano (Volcan de Fuego) erupted. It has since dispersed large clouds of ash reaching over 6,000 meters above sea level, and heavy quantities of lava and boiling mud reaching over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, rushing down the hills of small towns surrounding the volcano. Towns like, El Rodeo village, located on the skirts of the volcano that have been completely buried.

In only a few hours several lives have already been taken and there are over 300 people injured. It's expected that the number of affected people will be over a million. This is not the first time citizens surrounding the volcano have experienced this. Since 2002 the volcano has been active, and every few years has had meaningful activity, however, an event of this magnitude has never been witnessed by Guatemalans and the effects are being catastrophic.

What the money will be used for:

1. Help the Guatemalan Red Cross cover medical expenses.
2. Children's Burn Foundation (Fundación para Niños Quemados de Guatemala).
3. Long term support for the 3,000 + families affected by this tragedy.

- Proof of the transfer of funds will be posted, gofundme does not have an option for the funds to be deposited directly to the Guatemalan Red Cross.-----------------------------------------------------------

UPDATED OFFICIAL FIGURES
Reported by CONRED (La Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres) 22:15h

-25 Deaths
-20 Wounded
-1.7 Million people affected
-653 people sheltered
-The number of people who are missing remains unknown.
-The number of destroyed homes also remains unknown.

The volcanic material has covered at least 5 departments, including, Escuintla, Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Quiché y Sacatepéquez.
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Hi Friends,

We have spent countless hours speaking with professionals with expertise in crowdfunding as well as people on the grounds who have been informing us about the current situation experienced by the victims of this atrocity.

We are working directly with the institutions to be aided however funds will not yet be released until the proper paperwork is provided to us to ensure that the money will be used in the efforts we all fundraise it for. These procedures take time.

In regards to certain comments on our thread. You can check out the website for Guatemala Children’s Burn Foundation (Fundación para Niños Quemados de Guatemala) here :

http://www.fundaquemgt.org/ and their FB page https://www.facebook.com/fundaquemgt/

They are based in Guatemala but also registered as a 501(c)3 in the US which is the address and phone number in the official letter signed by the Vice President of the foundation Rene Keilhauer.

At the moment they are receiving and treating burned children from the volcano who are not being sent for treatment in the US, yet some of them are in very critical conditions.

We hope this answers some of your questions. Rest be assured funds are being destined to those in most need and through a transparent process for which updates will be posted according to their advancements.

Thank you, You guys are awesome!
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Hi friends,

We can’t say this enough, we are extremely grateful for your continuing support and trust in this campaign. It’s impressive what you’ve helped us raise in just 4 days, THANK YOU, it’s because of YOUR generosity the lives of many victims will be benefited!

At the moment we are working with a team of advisors, including experts in catastrophes and disaster relief. Our team is working on the grounds to make sure that the money is distributed fairly and efficiently to those in most need. We are discussing immediate needs and long-term support with experts so the funds you helped us raise can have a sustainable impact. It’s important for us to think of long-term sustainable housing and relocation for those who were most affected by this disaster.

We want you to be at peace and know that our commitment to you is transparency and that we will ensure a good utilization of these generous donations.

Thank you, You guys are awesome!


Yours,
Alfonso and Pamela
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Dear friends,

Once again thank you for your continuing support and trust in this campaign. This comes to prove that really there is more good in the world than evil, and collectively our efforts can have a huge impact in the lives of many. Bellow are some updated stats released just now by Guatemalan Authorities to keep you posted:

1. At least 75 people have lost their lives.
2. There are 192 people missing.
3. 3,271 people have been evacuated.
4. Over 1.7 million people have been affected by this tragedy.

Please keep those donations coming and share this campaign with your family and loved ones. Stay alert for our updates and lets have a positive impact on the lives of many Guatemalans in need.

Yours,

Alfonso & Pamela

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We are very grateful and thankful for your overwhelming amount of generosity, support, and trust. As you might have noticed, our goals keep on getting met and we have grown to a substantial amount of money that will be destined to reach those in most need. Due to this, we have now expanded our team to 5 members and extended the campaign to Phase 2.

Through the viralization of our campaign and with the continuation of incoming donations, we decided to extend our goal to keep on helping Guatemala on a longer term. Our new goal is to reach $115,000 USD.


PHASE 1
Was completed right when we crossed the $55,000 USD mark. Your generous donations will be directed to the causes mentioned in our initial description:
Cruz Roja de Guatemala
Children’s Burn Foundation (Fundación para Niños Quemados de Guatemala)

PHASE 2
The objective of this phase has a longer-term goal, which is, helping the +3,000 families who have been displaced.

Proof of transfer of funds will be posted as well as documentation of the process of the treatments received by the injured.

Thank you, keep donations coming and please share! You guys are awesome!

Yours,
Alfonso and Pamela
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