10-year-old Alejandra Véliz holds a bottle of fortified vegetable oil, which is part of her family’s food ration. More than 1.400 Guatemalan families received a 30-day food ration (maize, beans, rice and Super Cereal—a fortified corn-soya blend) following severe floods in Escuintla. In spite of the floods, Alejandra said she has not stopped going to school.
WFP and government authorities are distributing food among the most affected families. Heavy floods caused by the Coyolate River damaged the families' houses and their livelihoods in Nueva Concepción, Escuintla. Thanks to contributions made by Brazil, Spain, Canada and Italy, WFP assisted more than 1.400 families.
Marvin Fajardo works on sugar cane fields for short periods (up to two months), but the river flooded the fields and his home, where he lives with his wife and three children. “Now I have no job. In the last 20 days I haven’t made any money,” he said. “I hope to start working again in November, but in the meantime this WFP food will help us a lot.”
WFP staff member, Edgar Galindo, explains to Brazilian Consul, Vitor Mattos, how some 120 MT of food are stored and distributed to the families affected by floods. WFP managed to distribute food to the families thanks to contributions made by Brazil, Spain, Canada and Italy.
This bag contains some of the beans being distributed to affected households. WFP purchased the beans thanks to contributions made by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Canada also supports small holder farmers associations participating on WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative.
The sedimentation of the Coyolate River is an indicator of the impact of the recent floods. “Our humanitarian team is in the area monitoring the situation and the food distributions in coordination with government entities,” said Mario Touchette, WFP Representative in Guatemala.
Ever and Charles, both 11 years old, wait for their mothers to pick up their food ration of maize, beans, rice, fortified cooking oil and Super Cereal. These emergency food rations were distributed to more than 1.400 households thanks to contributions made by Canada, Brazil, Spain and Italy.
22 August 2014 Guatemala: A Story of Resilience