Fundraising (Volcanic Hazards in Guatemala)

1. Project Summary 

Throughout 2015-16 we are working with stakeholders from Guatemala (and beyond) to support the strengthening of volcanic resilience in the country. We are fundraising to support the purchase of equipment and materials identified by in-country teams and expert advisers as making the biggest impact on the overall aim of strengthening resilience to volcanic hazards. These finances will go alongside the development of additional publications and training materials.

(note that we have extended the project beyond 2015)

2. Why get involved?

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

3. How will the money be used?

A core development principle is to listen 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 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 will 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 will seek to improve their facilities so that they can offer enhanced community training and education. We will 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’ll be supporting improved training, distribution of hazard maps, information booklets, posters and evacuation plans.

4. How to Get Involved…

  1. Register your interest 
  2. Raise some money
    • Think creatively about how you or a team can raise money. All those completing the fundraising will be added to a list presented to the team in Guatemala.
  3. Learn about Guatemala’s geography and geology, and the process of building resilience. 
    • This is a great opportunity for you to help, but to learn. We will use this project to raise the profile of work in the region, as well as discussing issues such as vulnerability, resilience and disaster risk reduction. 
  4. Keep informed about the project’s progress and how your contribution has supported the work. 
    • After we have finished fundraising we will maintain links with this work, we hope you will want to do the same.

5. Resources, Relevant Links and Further Reading