Fuego Eruption in Coffeelands Prompts Fundraising Efforts
Following the unexpected eruption of Volcan de Fuego in the southern region of Guatemala on Sunday, June 3, a number of fundraising efforts have been announced to provide relief to those affected. As of Tuesday, June 12, CONRED – Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction – reports nearly thirteen thousand evacuees and 1.7 million affected, with numbers expected to rise as emergency services continue their work in the area.
The area is also home to a large number of small-holder coffee farms, many of which have been directly affected: Anacafé, Guatemala’s national coffee association, estimates that 3,440-4,055 manzanas of coffee-growing land have been directly affected, resulting in estimated losses of 38,400 quintals of coffee (0.91% of the national harvest), which is roughly equivalent to 64,000 bags of green coffee (60kg).
The Guatemalan Coffee Foundation for Rural Development, Funcafé, has begun a donation drive in partnership with Anacafe, Guatemalan Coffees, Give Joy 2 One, and a number of other partners to raise money for urgently needed items.
Most well-known within our industry for their work supporting coffeelands’ agricultural livelihoods, Catholic Relief Services are collecting donations for their local partner, Caritas Escuintla, and the local Catholic Church, both of whom are already providing lifesaving assistance within emergency shelters.
A number of Go Fund Me campaigns have been started by specialty coffee companies in order to provide financial assistance to particular farms, mills, and local charities. Stone Creek Coffee (Milwaukee, USA) are raising funds to support members of the San Miguel Coffee team, some of whom have suffered the loss of property or family members.
Coffee Bird, a Guatemalan coffee farming family and importer/exporter based in Antigua and London, are raising a grievance fund for the local coffee community in Antigua as well as a local charity, Fundación Para Niños Quemados De Guatemala (Burnt Children Foundation of Guatemala). They’ll also have #AnimoGuate t-shirts available for purchase at World of Coffee, with all proceeds going towards their disaster relief fund.
Others are donating a percentage of proceeds from coffee and events to various Fuego disaster relief efforts: 30% of Guatemala-based Mojo Coffee Roasters’ online sales will be donated to Funcafé’s relief efforts; Verve Coffee Roasters are offering a limited release pre-order of Guatemala La Candelaria with all profits going to Cruz Roja Guatemalteca.
Do you know of other disaster relief efforts? Raise awareness on social media using the hashtags #AnimoGuate, #FuerzaGuatemala, #GuatemalaEstoyContigo, and #PrayforGuatemala.