Guatemala Volcano Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief in Guatemala


THE SITUATION: El Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted Sunday, June 3, spewing lava and ash into the air. More than 3,100 people living close to the volcano have been evacuated, and the ash in the air is affecting 1.7 million people in surrounding areas.

THE RESPONSE: International Medical Relief has been called in to help survivors as medical demands continue to increase in an already-strained system. We will be responding to communities most affected by the volcanic ash, which has covered everything with a thick, gray talcum powder-type substance.

WHAT TO EXPECT: People will develop illnesses as they breathe in the fine particles, which will irritate lungs and cause chest discomfort. Ash deposits have been worsening those already affected by dry coughs, head colds, and congestion, making breathing uncomfortable.

Additionally, burns and skin irritations from the volcanic heat and ash have been widespread. Ash is very irritating to skin, noses, eyes, and lungs, leaving secondary staph infections requiring treatment with antibiotics. As is common in these situations, the very young and the very old will suffer the most.


1) VOLUNTEER TO GO WITH US. We will be on the ground in Guatemala from June 11 through June 30 and need volunteers to commit to a minimum three nights’ stay during that period. Our team leaders include Alex and Donna, two seasoned disaster relief responders. Leonard Sterling, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, a burn specialist from UC Davis Medical Center Burn Center with burn medical trip experience, will be our burn leader. If you have the ability to join these dedicated volunteers, we would love to have you join our team.

2) DONATE TO IMR TO HELP COVER THE COST OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES. Medical supplies are limited in Guatemala, so we will be taking what we can in order to provide the care that our patients need. Donations will help cover the cost of these supplies. 100% of your donation will go directly to help those in need.

We greatly appreciate donations, which will go toward medical supplies to help the victims in these and other areas we identify. 100% of your donation will go directly to help those in need.


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International Medical Relief is a United States Registered 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.

Disaster Relief - Guatemala Volcano