Eruption of Volcan de Fuego, the "Volcano of Fire"

Guatemalans Struggle to Recover

 Eruption of Volcan De Fuego on June 3, 2018

Eruption of Volcan De Fuego on June 3, 2018

You may have heard that the Volcan de Fuego, less than a mile from Bendicion de Dios, erupted on Sunday, June 3, spewing lava, ash, and burning debris on to the surrounding towns. This pyroclastic flow can travel as quickly as 50 miles an hour and destroys everything in its path. You may have heard the devastating news that at least 72 are dead, thousands are injured, and hundreds are homeless. The death toll is expected to rise. 

 Neighbors wait outside a temporary morgue for word of their loved ones

Neighbors wait outside a temporary morgue for word of their loved ones

The impact on the whole community is severe. Fortunately, none of our students or their families was directly harmed. However some homes in Alotenango were destroyed and several nearby towns were completed inundated by the resulting mud flows, the lush coffee farms on the slope of the volcano have been wiped out, and families are desperately searching for loved ones. 

Today thousands of Guatemalans are suffering from the impact of this volcanic eruption. Thousands more across Guatemala are helping out, including Julio who is organizing desperately needed supplies (water, food, and home rebuilding) for relief efforts in the devastated village of Porvenir, a town just 10 minutes from Alotenango. 

 Villagers escaping from el rodeo, a village totally destroyed by Fuego.

Villagers escaping from el rodeo, a village totally destroyed by Fuego.

Under the Same Moon would like to help Julio help the victims of this disaster. Whatever support you can provide would be much appreciated! 

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Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Rebecca & The Under the Same Moon Team