Today (update - from last week), my guests, the Reverend Susan and the Reverend Peter Champion (diocese of California/TEC) and I visited the refugee community where some 160 families, 603 people displaced by the June 3rd Volcan de Fuego eruption.
Several volunteer groups were there providing crafts and activities for the children, teaching women to weave bags and purses out of discarded/recycled materials (for resale).
There is also a group of psychologists supporting everyone as they readjust and go forward from this unthinkable and unexpected tragedy.
It was a lovely, joyful day!
As you enter you pass the memorial to the emergency first responders.
Next we came upon the limited communal space. Meals are prepared off-site and delivered 3 times a day. The homes are wooden structures with floors. I’d estimate each family has a 15 x 20 foot space with what we would consider camping cots. Showers and toilets are in a separate building.
Juan, pictured with Susan showed us around. Isaac with Peter shows off the "pompous" he makes and sells - just an example of how the entrepreneurial spirit thrives as people who had little to begin with get back on their feet.
Alexandra, one of the psychologists has utterly charmed a baby boy. She and her group are creating woven purses and sharing their skills with camp residents. Ladies, you’re going to want one of these remarkable works of talent, tenacity, hope and Grace.
Join us in Guatemala at the foot of the Volcan de Fuego where lives are being healed, nurtured and transformed.
|The Reverend Phyllis Manoogian, Deacon|
Missioner to Guatemala from The Episcopal Church diocese of California (San Francisco & area). Telephone/Guatemala 502 (country code) 49557313