Volcán de Fuego in southern Guatemala is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. On June 3rd 2018, Fuego erupted, leaving surrounding communities with little-to-no time to evacuate. At least 190 people were killed in the deadliest eruption to hit the Central American country since 1929. IsraAID immediately deployed an Emergency Response team to support the more than 3,000 people evacuated and 2 million affected.
During the initial emergency phase, IsraAID provided direct relief supplies and mental health support to more than 1,000 people. Then, through resilience and psychosocial support training for teachers, psychologists, nurses, and shelter coordinators, IsraAID’s team reached more than 10,000 people across the affected area. In a country that faced severe humanitarian challenges before Fuego erupted, including drought, violence, and the long-term scars of more than three decades of civil war, mental health, community-building, and resilience are crucial. IsraAID has remained in Guatemala since the emergency, focusing on protection and working with schools and communities to reduce the risks posed by future natural hazards.