On December 29 between the Christmas and New Year holidays, a terrible fire engulfed the Zone 3 neighborhood on the edge of the Guatemala City garbage dump. Zone 3 is the location of International Samaritan’s programs in Guatemala City, including the Francisco Coll School, Santa María Básico School, Santa Clara Nursery and the Paso a Paso Scholarship Program. At least 30 homes have been destroyed and over 100 individuals displaced, many of them children.
Zone 3 residents watch as firefighters try to stop the flames. (Source: Prensa Libre)
We are heartbroken to learn that the family of Blanca, a student in our Paso a Paso Scholarship Program, is among those that have lost their homes and everything they own. Administrators at the Francisco Coll School and Paso a Paso, currently on winter vacation, are working to identify the names of other students whose families have been affected by the fire.
(Source: El Periodico)
Thank you for your generosity and for keeping the Zone 3 community in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.