Following the unexpected eruption of Volcan de Fuego in the southern region of Guatemala on Sunday, June 3, over 1.7 million people have been affected, according to CONRED – Guatemala's National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction.
The affected area is also home to a large number of smallholder coffee farms. In fact, the Guatemalan National Coffee Association (Anacafé), estimates losses of roughly equivalent to 64,000 bags of green coffee (60kg), which is about 0.91% of the national harvest.
Within the affected regions of Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez and Escuintla, coffee is a significant source of livelihood. Funcafé, the Guatemalan Coffee Foundation for Rural Development, reports that there have been about 5000 families directly affected. The eruption has not only badly damaged their coffee crops but also hampered their food safety and access to basic needs for these families, such as education.
Some of our coffee partners have been seriously affected by the eruption, with some having lost their lives and others still missing.
A number of fundraising efforts have been put in place to provide relief to those affected. Through Anacafé and Funcafé, we have decided to donate and thus support the victims of the Volcan de Fuego Eruption. According to a press release by both organisations, in the short-term, donations will be used to meet immediate needs of victims and as the situation evolves, needs will be further evaluated to better allocate funds received.
As a trusted partner, List + Beisler fully supports Anacafé in this endeavour in helping the affected coffee producing regions recover from this tragedy. With our donation, we aim to support the efforts done in Guatemala by our esteemed coffee partners. We invite others to donate and support this endeavour in helping the affected areas. Donations can be made via Paypal here. Funcafé offers transparency of donations made upon request.
For any questions, feel free to get in touch with Alejandro Molina: Alejandro.firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Credit: CONRED