During the Lenten Season, we raised over $1,000.00 for a non-profit organization that serves 24 rural villages nestled below three volcanoes outside Guatemala City. On June 3, one of those volcanoes, Volcán de Fuego, erupted and buried two of those villages, El Rodeo and San Miguel Los Lotes, with a fast moving pyroclastic flow (lava, ash, fumes and rocks.) Within minutes, entire families disappeared. Two hundred individuals remain unaccounted for. Homes, roads, and rustic infrastructure are devastated. Rest assured, however, that when it is safe for people to return to what remains of their villages, Vamos Adelante will be there helping them to rebuild, restore and replenish.
Tragically, the lives of these indigenous Guatemalans were a struggle prior to this disaster. You will remember that Vamos Adelante has been reaching out to these impoverished communities for over two decades - building schools, feeding the elderly, providing medical services, check-ups, and vaccinations at a clinic staffed by volunteer doctors and dentists. Our financial support also helps the organization provide water filters, woodstoves, solar lamps and small farm animals. Sponsors are found to ensure school-aged children are in classrooms, rather than working in the fields. Scholarships are also awarded to middle school and high school students.
I would urge you to revisit their website: www.vamosadelante.org and reacquaint yourself with their amazing work. In the meantime, it’s a comfort to know that our donations are assisting in all of these efforts. Vemos Adelante! Ever forward!!