Our episode of the Visionaries Public Television Series has several new airings coming up! Please help us spread the word to friends in Salt Lake City, Southern Oregon, Central Indiana, Eastern Georgia, Charlotte, NC, and South Carolina so they can tune in.
“It Takes a Village” tells a story that begins with ALDEA’s founder, Dr. Carroll Behrhorst, who realized fifty years ago that rural Guatemalans have the capacity to solve their own development problems. Capturing ALDEA’s continued focus on empowerment, the episode highlights two communities at different stages of building a healthier future through clean water, sanitation, hygiene, food security, and nutrition.
We are thankful to all of you who have contacted us to ask if and how the Fuego Volcano's eruptions on June 3rd and 5th are impacting our partner communities, and the people of Guatemala in general. We want you to know that our communities, our staff, and our board members who live in Guatemala are all fine. They are cleaning up the gritty ash that has fallen over the past four days, but they have not been directly impacted by the death and destruction that the communities on Fuego's slopes have faced.
We know that many of you, and your family and friends, want to help those who have suffered devastating losses by donating to organizations participating in disaster relief efforts. Right now, the Guatemalan Government is in charge of evacuations, search and rescue, and shelters. As the process advances to relief and recovery, individual organizations will decide if/how they can help, depending on their skills and resources, and they will structure their appeals for funds and other support accordingly. Once we have credible information from local NGOs who are engaged in relief efforts, we will share their appeals for funds with you.
For those who wish to donate funds right away to U.S. non-profits, we know the Red Cross is involved in current relief efforts. The Guatemalan Red Cross has asked for international support via wire transfer (see twitter.com/CRGuatemalteca/status/1004364017295593473), and the American Red Cross is accepting donations dedicated to Fuego Volcano relief in Guatemala (see www.redcross.org/). We should point out that ALDEA is not recommending or endorsing the Red Cross; please do your own research to help you make an informed decision. Over the coming days and weeks, other organizations will surely begin their efforts on the ground.
We are deeply saddened to hear the stories coming from the communities on the slopes of Fuego, and we express our love and solidarity to everyone who is struggling in this aftermath to face devastating losses. ... See MoreSee Less
Dear ALDEA Supporters, We are thankful to all of you who have written and/or called us to better understand the impact of Fuego's eruption on our partner communities, and on the the people of Guatemala in general. The communities in which we work, our staff, and our board members are all fine. Their homes and towns have a dusting of volcanic ash but are otherwise not impacted. Shelters have been set up to address the immediate needs of affected families. Early reports from today indicate 69 people have died, and that number is expected to rise. We are deeply saddened to hear the stories coming from the communities on the slopes of Fuego, and express our love and solidarity to everyone as they struggle in this aftermath, and have to face devastating losses. ... See MoreSee Less