Resilience in School Communities

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.

After crisis and disruption, returning to school and rebuilding the education system isn’t just critical, it’s a top priority. At the same time, for a disaster-vulnerable community such as Escuintla, Guatemala, an emergency like the Volcán de Fuego eruption makes clear just how important it is to ensure that future disasters don’t lead to the same results.

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.

SPOTLIGHT: GUATEMALA

“There is no better thing that somebody can give to us than knowledge, because we keep that all the time and it will benefit us in our house, in the high school, with our friends – forever. IsraAID gave us the idea of how to make a project where you teach [about Disaster Risk Reduction] through interactive activities, making it enjoyable.”

Eva Reyes

Escuintla, Guatemala

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