To give money directly to a local on the ground who is organizing emergency relief for those affected by the Volcan de Fuego eruption in Guatemala, Trek for Kids, an organization run by a friend and Boldly Went Navigator, which organizes volcano tours in the area, is accepting donations at this link.
Travel is a beautiful thing because it teaches you how small and connected the world actually is, and we're feeling that this week because Volcan de Fuego is erupting in Guatemala.
Located about 30 miles from Lake Atitlan, where we studied Spanish in 2016, and just a few miles from Antigua, a beautiful colonial city we visited on the same trip, whole villages have been destroyed, and more are being evacuated as I write, in an area where we have friends and good memories. It's heartbreaking to watch - this is a beautiful area full of beautiful people. The eruption started on Sunday, but it is still very much an active situation, as flows are continuing at time of writing, rescues are ongoing, and towns are still being evacuated.
If you are interested in helping locals out directly, Javier Navichoc, our friend, and a Navigator in our network, has a guiding nonprofit called Trek for Kids that raises money through volcano tours in the area, and he is collecting donations to assist those affected. You can Paypal them directly by clicking here. And even a small amount helps - for perspective, the average Guatemalan lives on $200 US/month, so $10 - 20 goes a lot further there than it would in North America (where I'm guessing most of you are reading from).
Javier is a great guy, this area is his home, and he's on the ground already. We donated through Trek for Kids because it's the closest thing we can do to giving money directly to people in the volcano's path, and we're confident that the money will go to good use.
But if you're interested in other ways to help, this article gives a rundown of what's happening there, and also lists some other good was to support.
Tim and Angel
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