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Support for volcano victims

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Raised by 67 people in 2 months
Created June 4, 2018
Manos Abiertas Womens' clinic is located 4 miles from the center of the disaster. There is no easy access but we are committed to collecting what is most needed and make it reach the emergency shelters. Local supporters are bringing clothes, food, drinking water and basic hygiene products to our clinic, but there is a big need for medication and other medical supplies. The first few days, as we know from earlier desasters, everybody will be there to help. But then the news will pass and people will be left hanging. We want to make sure that doesn't happen so we are trying to set up this fund for continuous support for the victims. We will post updates on what we use the funds for that are raised.  30376240_15281563820_r.jpeg
We will be traveling to the shelters in the area over the next few days to make sure we don't inundate them with unnecessary things. Right now, besides medications we find masks are very important as the poisonous volcano ash is still in the air.
Please help us raise money to relieve the worst of this.
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So, the momentum has run out. Thanks for everyone donating and helping. We have about 1800 USD left to allocate and will do that probably in rent for the families here in Ciudad Vieja while they wait to relocate permanently. If I get any response, I'll probably put up another fundraiser specifically for purchase of land and construction of houses, but more likely I'll be trying to connect the people I know personally with already existing initiatives. Thanks everyone who collaborated in donating. If anyone needs proof of where the money went, please send me your email and I'll provide the balance sheet.
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While I was travelling for the last few weeks, I kept monitoring the progress of the relief efforts for the volcano victims. Now that I have been back in Guatemala for two days, I made arrangements to meet with Demetrio, the head of the local firefighters, to go and meet the families we' ve been supporting. The families live in private houses, some together with a local family, others in houses temporarily provided by house owners. Beatriz, a local woman is coordinating and organizing the housing and distribution of aid, and she has a network with the other people housed throughout Ciudad Vieja.
Beatriz and I met and assessed what is needed next. The current needs are:
1. Unite families as far as possible. There are parents who are staying in a public shelter under very bad circumstances because their children go to school in the town the shelter is in, though their elderly parents need their help here in a private shelter. We will try to find schooling opportunities for those children close to their grandparents so the families can be together. This is a matter of logistics, no money involved.
2. To be able to pay the rent in the houses where families are housed. Both owners have agreed to three rent free months, but then they need to be paid, otherwise the families might find themselves on the streets.
3. The roof of one of the houses is leaking and the second floor needs to be fixed up, so Don Paulino and his wife, both elderly, can move in. They were at a shelter at the coast in tents, but the tents blow away and the conditions in general are not suitable for the wife who is a diabetic and sick. They left the shelter and actually moved back to their house... in zone 0, among lava ash. The owner of the house is willing to extend the families' stay according to the investment made into the roof and the second floor.
4. Not completely related, but also very important: the volunteer firefighters' firetruck is leaking badly and needs to be fixed. Until that happens, there is no way a fire breaking out in Ciudad Vieja can be extinguished, and the firefighters are also the ones to take water to places that have been cut of from their usual water sources by the volcano eruption.
Our next efforts will go into these activities. I hope all of our donors agree, and please keep donating and spread the word. Though the government has the responsibility to find suitable land for the victims, people from earlier disasters (for example the landslide in Cambray in 2015) are still waiting. So our next step will be to find places where the families can rebuild their lives. Fotos below: Don Beto, who is providing singlehandedly for a family of 8, Doña Tina, widowed and badly burned.
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During the last week with the help of the local firefighters we identified three families in private shelters in Ciudad Vieja in Colonia San José. These families needed beds, sheets, blankets, kitchenware, cooking ware, a stove and chairs as well as clothing and personal hygiene products. Fotos below show the delivery of the goods purchased. Now we would like to keep supporting these families but at the same time to look into buying a piece of land so they can get their lives back together. First, there will be a long talk about the needs and wants of each family. After we have identified those, I'll post an update.
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Our next activity was to provide the local volunteer firefighters from Ciudad Vieja with spare parts or their rescue vehicle which had worn out. They are amazing people and we will keep helping them out. they are still working to rescue bodies though the search is officially called off.
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Raised by 67 people in 2 months
Created June 4, 2018
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