|After Hurricane Stan, the Colaj family|
was able to rebuild with assistance
In October, flash floods from Hurricane Stan
washed away the homes of thousands of families in Guatemala, leaving mud and despair in their place. CCF-Guatemala responded immediately, providing more than $75,000 in food and clean water, medicines, construction materials and other necessities to 3,331 families in 20 communities.
The Colaj family is like so many that CCF helped. Their home was completely washed away by Hurricane Stan. With the cinderblocks and mortar supplied by CCF, this family of five (mother, father and three children) began to rebuild their lives and regain hope for the future.
They started by building an 11-by-14 foot room, that serves as kitchen, bedroom and family room. For now, it's a new beginning.
It is a place to live together as a family. It's home.
"At least now, they have a sturdier house then they had before, and they are not afraid when the rain starts," noted Dr. Francisco Batres, Program Manager for CCF-Guatemala.
"The next step will be to help the families build a second room to serve as sleeping quarters."
CCF-Guatemala also helped families whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Stan, replacing roofs and flood-damaged walls. In the process, some families were able to add a small room to serve as the children's bedroom.
CCF continued to work with families as they recover from the devastation left by Hurricane Stan.