Fundraising (Volcanic Hazards in Guatemala)

1. Project Summary 

We are working with stakeholders from Guatemala (and beyond) to support the strengthening of volcanic resilience in the country. We are fundraising to help resource in-country teams and expert advisers, listening to their needs and using funds where they can have the most positive impact. 

As of October 2017, we have raised more than £2100. We have paused our fundraising effort, while we now work to use this money, engaging with stakeholders in Guatemala.

This project gives members of our network an opportunity to make a practical contribution to the fight against global poverty while also increasing their understanding of development projects, disaster risk reduction and the skills to do these effectively.

2. How will the money be used?

We believe in listening to people on the ground, in-country, in order to understand their needs. We are delighted to be benefiting from the advice and input of a senior volcanologist from Guatemala. This advice, supported by conversations with other stakeholders and academics, has identified the following potential priority areas:

(1) Central Coordination of National Volcano Monitoring Programme: Monitoring of Guatemala’s volcanoes is the responsibility of the national agency known as ‘INSIVUMEH’. Our work could help ensure the volcanology team has the computer facilities required to rapidly process data and undertake this monitoring work.

(2) Supporting Volcanic Observatories (Fuego and Santiaguito): These observatories monitor the volcanic activity on a daily basis, often through visual observations. They also have a crucial role in education and knowledge dissemination. We could seek to improve their facilities so that they can offer enhanced community training and education. We could also improve safety equipment and transport for monitoring.

(3) Public Education and Awareness: Ensuring a wide access to knowledge and understanding is an essential part of resilience. We aim to support improved training, distribution of hazard maps, information booklets, posters and evacuation plans.