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October 06, 2005

Flooding and Landslides in Guatemala

Keep our brothers and sisters in Guatemala in your thoughts and prayers. The extent of the devestation has left thousands looking for shelter elsewhere and President Oscar Berger has declared a state of emergency.

Read More from the Associated Press....

If we have any of our Guatemalan Aide Organizations who are assisting the shelters, please contact us so we may find a way to get additional supplies to these displaced families.

Posted by Kelly at October 6, 2005 05:37 PM
Comments

How can those of us, here in the states be of help?
Bradley

Posted by: Bradley at October 6, 2005 06:28 PM

My son's birthmother lives in one of the affected areas, Solola. Any idea how I will be able to determine if she was one of the victims? I'm very concerned.

Posted by: Tonja Marshall at October 7, 2005 12:46 PM

Last night I was reading about and watching video footage of the devastation in Guatemala. It made me think that this is a time, if there could be a coordinated effort that adoptive families with children from Guatemala could demonstrate their love for the country through a united response of giving. Is their underway any such way to give? With today's legal climate this seems to be a time where we could collectively show, and the people of Guatemala could see our love and commitment to them.

We just accepted a referal of a beautiful baby girl this past Monday and we definately feel a connection to the people of Guatemala who are suffering.

Posted by: Rich at October 8, 2005 08:21 AM

Guatemala Adoptive Families Network (http://www.guatefam.org/) is looking into providing a route for adoptive families to contribute. We will try to post something here when we know what we are going to do, and of course it will also be on our web site.

Posted by: Tom at October 9, 2005 11:19 PM

I think the idea of adoptive families giving back to this devastated area is an awesome idea!!

Posted by: Tonja Marshall at October 10, 2005 11:38 AM

Here are a few more resources:

http://www.puebloapueblo.org/ is tracking the situation and has opened up donations

ElCanche is tracking news: http://www.elcanche.com/weblog/

and global voices has a roundup with tons of links:
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices/-/world/americas/guatemala/

It would definitely be a good thing if adoptive families could band together to demonstrate our connection and willingness to help. Do we know of an organization on the ground in Guatemala that could receive donations?

Posted by: Tristan Louis at October 10, 2005 07:57 PM

Tonja,
I would be very interested in hearing anything you may find out. Our daughter was also born in Solola.

Posted by: Cathy at October 10, 2005 08:25 PM

Hi,

A wonderful organization that is very involved in helping the poor in Guatemala is CFCA (Christian Foundation for Children and Aging). I have been involved with them for 10 years and the work they do is amazing. It is a personal sponsorship program and we visited Guatemala in May to see their work firsthand. They are located in San Lucas Toliman and are very active in the Lake Atitlan region. Many of the towns we visited are the ones that I am now reading about on the internet (Tecpan, Patzun). I can promise that any money donated will indeed go to the people most in need. They are ready to receive donations and can be found at www.cfcausa.org.

Lilian

Posted by: Lilian Anderson at October 10, 2005 09:41 PM

Cathy,

I have asked for a list of those who perished as a result of this disaster. I will let you and the readers know if I receive a response.

Posted by: Tonja Marshall at October 11, 2005 03:31 PM

World Vision has some info on their webpage. Donations can be made for aid and ongoing sponsorship of a child. Very interesting page of stats and info about the country if you click on Guatemala within the Hurricane Stan page.

Posted by: Nancy at October 13, 2005 11:50 AM

We have just posted detailed information on Hurricane Stan, its effects, the response to date, and suggestions for how you can help the many thousands of people in need in Guatemala (i.e. ideas for where to contribute), on the Guatemala Adoptive Families Network web site at http://www.guatefam.org/stan.htm.

Posted by: tom at October 15, 2005 04:33 PM