• June 4th, Alotenango During the first hours of the crisis caused by the eruption of the Fuego volcano, a small group of volunteer doctors, including Carlos, Pedro and Guillermo from our founding team,
  • The scenario inside the shelter, which by the way, was the local primary and middleschool, was the same as in the town of Alotenango. Victims of the eruption, volunteers and relief workers alike were
  • From a healthcare, humanitarian, logistic and governmental perspectives, the situation was complex. Overcrowding, water scarcity, overall unsanitary conditions of the shelters, frail mental and physi
  • Complex situations requiere simple solutions. The solution became clear to our founding team. The worlds nature is binary, ruled by phenomena where opposite forces counter each others magnitude to ach
  • The medical volunteer’s plan was to provide urgent medical care to the inhabitants of the towns that were destroyed by the pyroplastic flow.  Inside the shelter, they quickly set up a makeshift

On Sunday, June 3rd at around 3:00 p.m., the sky turned dark and a strange rain began. It was rainig ash and sand in 8 states of Guatemala. A mere 45 kilometers away from the capital city the Fuego volcano had erupted, spitting out 30 million cubic meters of  pyroclastic material. A deadly mixture of lava, water and mud with a core temperature of 700 C°,  avalanched over the volcano’s slopes and  at a speed of 100 to 200 km/h.

The boiling river of lava and mud descended through a terrain depression named “Barranca Grande”,  and into the surrounding villages, reducing the houses, forests, roads, and any other living and nonliving objects to a charred pile of ash.  By sunset rescue teams started working, although the jos was extremely complicated due to the tremendously hot ground temperature, which melted the firemen and army men’s boots and caused severe burns in their feet.