friday, october 22: ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Ian Neal (UK), Jen Kormendy (CA) and Jack Chambers (UK) have been distributing ShelterBoxes in southern Mexico and Guatemala.
The team secured the release of 200 ShelterBoxes from Guatemalan customs before transporting them to areas surrounding Lake Atitlan. The first boxes were distributed to the villagers of Santa Catarina Palopo.
Of the 200 boxes, 109 have now been distributed. The team worked with local non-profit organization Mayan Families and the Club Rotario Guatemala Sur who, the SRT said, provided "invaluable" and "tireless" support to help the people of Guatemala.
Below is a slideshow of images from the box distribution:
Thursday, October 14: The team are working to distribute 109 of the 200 ShelterBoxes in country to areas of the population where there is an unmet need for emergency shelter provision.
Wednesday, October 13: SRT members Ian Neal (UK), Jen Kormendy (CA) and Jack Chambers (UK), who had been working in Mexico, have travelled to Guatemala to oversee the initial distribution of 200 ShelterBoxes which are in country.
Tuesday, october 5: ShelterBox Response Team members Mark Curnow (UK) and Denise Ho (US) have been working with local partners in Guatemala to identify areas in most need of relief and to distribute boxes accordingly.
friday, september 24: Deadly mudslides in Guatemala have left thousands displaced. The mudslides follow Tropical Storm Agatha and the eruption of Volcano Pacaya which wreaked havoc upon the country earlier in the year.
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a "national tragedy" last Sunday with up to 40 people feared dead. ShelterBox has responded by dispatching 512 ShelterBoxes to the region.
ShelterBox response team members are working alongside local officials and Rotarians to distribute the aid to those families most in need.
ShelterBox Operations Manager, Alf Evans, says the disaster could not have come at a worse time.
"Reports from Guatemala are saying the damage they’re seeing is already on a par with (Tropical Storm) Agatha," he said. "The latest is that 40,000 people have lost their homes and are in need of emergency shelter." back