The GFA is a charity for families living in Britain, who have adopted or are in the process of adopting children from Guatemala. Our primary goal is to support internationally adopted Guatemalan children, now living in Britain, actively to keep a connection with and understand their roots and Guatemalan culture. We are also happy to help, with our own experiences, those in the process of Guatemalan adoption.

Fuego Appeal

Your help is urgently needed. The eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala has killed large numbers and wiped out whole villages.  Thousands of villagers have seen their homes and crops completely destroyed, their livestock killed and land made uninhabitable. The GFA has launched this appeal to raise funds in the UK to help the victims rebuild their lives.

On Sunday 3 June, the Fuego volcano near the old colonial capital of Antigua erupted.  A pyroclastic cloud rushed down the mountainside overwhelming villages, followed by a torrent of lava and huge quantities of ash. At least 100 people are known to have died and many more are missing. Aside from the loss of life, the effect on those living in the area has been devastating.  Thousands have lost everything.  Close to the volcano the land affected will be unusable for generations, and a thick layer of ash fell over a far wider area. It is the rainy season and much of it has turned to a toxic mud. The GFA has supported charities on the ground in Guatemala for many years. Many of our members have visited the area affected and some of our children have family members there. We cannot stand by and do nothing.

 The charities we support and our contacts near the eruption tell us that immediate aid is being provided. But they also tell us that in a month or so, when the world’s attention has shifted elsewhere, the situation will be dire. Thousands of displaced people will be without homes, crops or livestock. It is these people we want to help. We will talk to our contacts on the ground to ensure that every penny is well spent. Please contribute generously to help these desperate people.

 

To make a donation to support this appeal, go to:

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/fuego/467360

Thank you!