Tropical Storm Agatha
Tropical Storm Agatha struck Guatemala in May of 2010. The heavy rains flooded rivers and triggered mudslides, causing extensive damage. Many LIFE School families were affected by the storm, and supporters of the LIFE School here and abroad responded with amazing generosity, donating over $5000 to help our families. On this page, you'll find pictures of the storm's aftermath, cleanup by the staff, and how we used the donations to help our families get back on their feet.
The Storm's Aftermath
Agatha's rains flooded the river, pulling in houses and businesses along its banks. Neighborhoods away from the river were flash-flooded with up to two feet of muddy water, destroying all of the belongings of many families
In the first few days after the storm, there were, literally, tons of mud to be dug out of the homes of many families.
Donated Funds Help Families Rebuild
An email appeal raised $5000 to help the affected families get back on their feet.
A needs assessment, including home visits, was conducted to identify the families with the greatest needs and to make sure the money was being spent as efficiently as possible. A small portion of the money raised went to waiving tuition for the families so they could focus their money on rebuilding. Most of the money raised went to repairing flood damage to houses and replacing belongings, such as clothes, beds, and appliances lost or ruined in the flooding. We were honored by the trust our donors put in us to get help to those who needed it quickly, and we stretched every penny into a positive difference for our families.