Fuego Erupts, GOD'S CHILD Project Deploys Emergency Response
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pat Schwalbe, Director of Operations and Special Activities
The GOD’S CHILD Project
Ph. (701) 255-7956
GOD’S CHILD Project Guatemalan Locations Covered in Sulfuric Ash
(February 9, 2015) On Saturday, February 7 around 4:43pm Fuego Volcan, one of Central America’s most active volcanoes, erupted and spewed ashes to an altitude reaching 18,000 feet above sea level covering much of Antigua, Guatemala City and surrounding villages according to Guatemala’s national disasters agency. The smoke and ash forced Guatemala’s airport to stop all air traffic for the weekend.
GOD’S CHILD Project International Executive Director Patrick Atkinson coordinated and activated emergency disaster relief plans for volcanic response with Program Director Miguel Angel Alvarez Paz at The GOD’S CHILD Project’s Asociacion Nuestros Ahijados. Guatemalan officials contacted GCP as they are designated first responders.
The Project’s extensive emergency relief efforts brought 4,000 face masks and medical supplies to villagers in the 4 state region affected, including Antigua. These supplies were also used by first responders including ANA staff, fire fighters, and military reserves. These face masks and medical supplies are extremely important because of the fine volcanic ash causes respiratory and eye infections/irritations. The Project’s partnership with Direct Relief of Santa Barbara, CA is essential in providing medical supplies.
Sunday, February 8, Project staff along with 75 military reserve soldiers helped clean the Dreamer Center, Casa Jackson, Scheel Center, and the entire Project facilities so that the children would be able to still attend school on Monday since most guardians are single working mothers. Not only is this fine, sulfuric ash dangerous to humans, it breaks down anything mechanical, and contaminates all surfaces. The Project staff and military reserves have been working around the clock to clean all contaminated areas.
The needs of Casa Jackson and our malnourished infants and children were of upmost priority. After consultation with national authorities it was deemed to not move them because the plume cloud would move within three hours of the eruption.
Founded in 1991 by Patrick Atkinson, The GOD'S CHILD Project cares for and educates 5,000 orphaned, abandoned, and poverty-stricken boys and girls in addition to providing health and community-based services for 8,700 widowed, abandoned, and single mothers and their dependents in Guatemala, El Salvador, India, Malawi, and the United States.
There is no need for clothing donations at this time. Water resources have not been affected. However, need for financial contributions to support these efforts are needed. To contribute to these relief efforts visit www.GCPStore.com
Give to the Max Day Results
We had a wonderful first Give to the Max Day!
Each year, generous supporters celebrate Give to the Max Day by making their online donation on GiveMN.org. The generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event. Their giving has allowed us to do the work we get the privilege to do. We have raised $15,944, being our first year participating in GTMD, we are pretty proud of our success. We wanted to express our sincere gratitude for our supporters and their dedication to GOD’S CHILD.
Although Give to the Max Day is over, our generous donor will continue to match funds through the end of the year. Keep your eyes open for more ways to help GCP and the women & children we serve. More to come!
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- The GOD'S CHILD Project Team
Child Crisis Along Southern Border
"There are thousands of innocent lives along the southern border of the United States who need protection now. These are children who need help, guidance and protection from yet another horrible experience that will sentence them to a life of modern day slavery."
Dear GOD'S CHILD Friend,
All of us are deeply concerned about what we are seeing in the news. More than 100,000 children have rushed across our southern border. They are fleeing their homes in Guatemala and Central America to "el norte" to find safety and shelter. Sadly, it does not always end that way. Please take a moment to read the recent news article.
Our response at GCP has been to re-double our efforts in Guatemala to reach more children and provide support and education for families there, so children can grow up and thrive in their homes.
Please take a moment and donate now to protect children and help families stay together.
Thank you for your concern and support of The GOD'S CHILD Project!
Executive Director and Founder