Today, HFHG has the widest reach and highest productivity of all of non-governmental housing programs working in Guatemala, with 3,000 housing solutions offered annually, providing shelter to more than 15,750 Guatemalans every year.
Erasmus was a young German man who volunteered with Habitat for Humanity from 1983-85 in the Republic of Congo. Through HFH, he made a lifelong friend of Clive Rainey and also met his wife. In 2012 Erasmus and his family visited Clive in Guatemala and heard about the Healthy Home Kits project. Erasmus passed away on Dec. 28th 2018, after battling ALS.
Envisioned as a multi-year project, we will work year to year in order to identify families in the most impoverished areas of the country. The solutions that will be provided through the fund will be tailored to the specific circumstances and needs of each family.
Los Dos Cocineros, or The Two Chefs are the handsome men pictured in the photo, Ernest and Ted. Los Dos Cocineros is a fundraising initiative to support partner families through Habitat for Humanity Guatemala’s Healthy Home Kits. This program allows for families to purchase items such as vented stoves, water filtration systems, and latrines, ultimately allowing them to have a healthier life for their families.
The eruption of Fuego Volcano on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 also affected coffee farms and the people that worked on those farms. As a family joined by coffee, we are starting the Coffee for HOPE Fund Raiser in which all the funds donated by the coffee community, will go directly into helping our Guatemalan coffee workers who lost everything. We will be working with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala to build their new homes and help them move forward with their lives.
On June 3, 2018 around 12 PM the Fuego Volcano (located 30 miles from Guatemala City) erupted, spewing ash, rocks and gas into the air. This eruption is considered to be one of the strongest from the Fuego Volcano in more than a century. Currently, Habitat Guatemala is in the stage of reconstructing homes for families who lost everything in the natural disaster. Although Habitat for Humanity’s typical structure consists of families making affordable mortgage payments, this catastrophe has compelled us to provide affected families with completely subsidized solutions.