June 12, 2018 | 11:00 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Our team on the ground in Guatemala is reporting another eruption of the Fuego Volcano happening now. Please pray for everyone in the area.
June 11, 2018 | 5:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.As survivors work to recover from the Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala, our team is there working with local partners to assess the situation and identify the greatest needs. Convoy of Hope Disaster Services Team Member Ryan Grabill answers a few questions about the situation in Guatemala and how we are responding.What's it like on the ground? Are people ok? More than anything people’s hearts are broken. The stories of loss of children, people trying to outrun the pyroclastic flow, losing homes are gut wrenching. So there is a sense of mourning and a sense of patriotism and desire to help. How many people have died? Nearly 100 people are confirmed dead and hundreds more are reported injured or missing. What was it like to live through the eruption and what is the damage like? In the affected areas, people are scared of re-eruption, but most people had to run for their lives with the clothes on their backs, with zero warning. We have heard of multiple families where one person is living and they lost 10, 12, 15 family members. How long will it take to recover? It will take a very long time. The communities directly impacted by the volcano (with ash and pyroclastic matter), will never recover. For the time being, they are being condemned essentially - with the government not planning on letting anyone move back. People lost their homes, lands, farms, and families all in a matter of minutes. What is Convoy doing to help? So far, we distributed water filters and solar lanterns, and have procured 500 Family Food Packs. We will begin distributing those today and will purchase another 500. Where in Guatemala is Convoy working? It will build over time as roads to more isolated communities are opening. We have distributed water filters and solar lamps in San Andres Osuna, but should be adding a number of names in the coming days.
June 11, 2018 | 10:30 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Our team arrived in Guatemala late Wednesday night and has been working with local partners to identify areas of greatest need. They have procured and begun distributing water filters, solar lanterns and more than 500 Family Food Packs to those affected by the volcanic eruption. Each pack includes beans, rice, sugar, oil, coffee and more. The team plans to procure 500 more packs today.
June 5, 2018 | 4:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Convoy of Hope has dispatched a team in response to the recent Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala. On June 3, 2018, the unexpected eruption sent lava and destructive mud flows down its steep banks destroying everything in its path.Early reports state that several villages have been destroyed and 70 people are reported dead following the eruption. These numbers are expected to rise as search teams gain access to the affected areas. According to Convoy’s partners on the ground, neighboring communities have been helping survivors, but their ability to do so will decrease in the coming days. Convoy of Hope has made contact with partners on the ground and is deploying a team expected to arrive Wednesday, June 6. The Convoy team will focus on the distribution of food, water filtration systems, solar lights and dust masks to aid survivors. Right now, thousands of Guatemalans have been displaced from their homes and are desperately searching for shelter and resources. In the coming days Convoy of Hope will distribute life-saving aid to those affected by the Fuego Volcano eruption. You can donate to this response at convoy.org/respond and follow our response here.