Teaching prevention and resilience
Guatemala is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to environmental and climate-related disasters like earthquakes and floods. For communities in southern Guatemala, this harsh reality hit home in June 2018 when Volcán de Fuego erupted, causing widespread damage and bringing the education system to a halt.
In 2019, in partnership with the Escuintla Ministry of Education, IsraAID Guatemala developed a comprehensive program aimed at strengthening school communities’ ability to prevent, respond, and adapt to emergencies. Through training sessions, emergency kits, and practical guidance, students, teachers, parents, and officials developed emergency plans and promoted a culture of resilience and risk reduction that reached more than 36,750 people.