Environmental Issues Affecting Quality of Life


In June 2018, the Volcano de Fuego violently erupted in Guatemala, killing more than 70 people and displacing thousands from their homes. At least 192 people were missing and over 1.7 million people were affected by the volcano eruption in three central departments. In Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango y Escuintla states, 30 km. from the capital, many villages were destroyed, buried by lava, ashes, and debris. Three thousand (3,000) people were forced to evacuate after losing all their properties.

The Good Shepherd Sisters, who have missions in the communities affected by the volcano eruption, were able to see firsthand the needs of the people.

The Sisters requested funds to meet the most urgent needs of residents by providing emergency supplies such as personal hygiene products, medicine and food, including milk for children.  They also requested mattresses, blankets and pillows for the displaced people who had to sleep on the floor.