Nov 17 2012

Assistance needed for affected families in Guatemala

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Friends, as many of you know, western Guatemala suffered a 7.4-magnitude earthquake last week (see our CFCA news report) that affected at least 80 of our sponsored friends and their families.

One sponsored child died during the quake, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. (We’re still trying to reach his sponsor, so weíre not able to publish his name yet.)

Others suffered partial or complete loss of their homes and belongings, especially as many of their houses were humbly built with adobe or mud rather than reinforced with concrete and steel.

These homes were less able to withstand the earthquake’s force and made the impact far more devastating. Many of these houses are destroyed or so unstable that remaining in them would be dangerous.

As our staffers in one community reported, a family was heartbroken because their house, which represented many years of work, was damaged in the quake. As a stopgap measure, they are cooking in the yard and sleeping in a small room that has cracks in two corners.

Our staff on the ground will continue to work closely with sponsored friends and their families to assess and monitor their needs. We’ll be using funds contributed to our disaster assistance fund to pay for repairing and rebuilding homes, replacing possessions lost in the quake, and any other support these families may need.

Please consider making a donation to our disaster assistance fund to help families affected by the quake. This will greatly help us in providing the assistance they need.

One hundred percent of donations to the fund are sent to our projects to be used where they’re most needed, as determined by CFCA and local project staffs in conversation with sponsored friends and their families.

Thanks so much, and we deeply appreciate your concern and support.

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