Guatemala Appeal

 

Please give to our appeal so that Viva Guatemala can respond quickly following a devastating fire at a large children’s care home in the country.

At least 35 teenage girls were killed and dozens more seriously injured in the blaze at Virgen de la Asuncion home on the outskirts of Guatemala City on Wednesday. President Morales declared three days of national mourning.

It’s heartbreaking to read the stories emerging about the conditions and allegations of abuse within the home, which was set up to care for children who had been abused, trafficked and abandoned. Although the capacity of the home was 400, there was likely to be double that number of children living there.

Our partner network Viva Guatemala has been asked by the government to help find new homes for 46 children who are now homeless.

Following the tragic fire, people are bringing broken dolls and charcoal to the gates of the president’s office to campaign for better protection for children.

The network brings long-term holistic care for vulnerable children through their passion, commitment and professionalism. In the midst of such tragedy, this is an opportunity to positively change vulnerable children’s lives for the long term.

It is still early days and we are developing the details of our planned response. We do know that Viva Guatemala urgently need funds to help respond to this emergency situation to provide food, accommodation and clothes.

We would be very grateful for anything you can give.

Many thanks for your support.