How to donate to Guatemala from abroad to help the Fuego Volcano Relief Fund
Fuego Volcano’s eruption in Guatemala on june 2018 has united people from all nations to provide humanitarian support for the victims in said country.
Guatemala is a beautiful country, full of rich culture and home of colorful landscapes. Located in Central America right between Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador, this beautiful land often steals the hearts of its visitors not only with its breathtaking views, but because of the kindness of its people. Sadly, Guatemala is going through hard times caused by the Eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3rd, where hundreds have lost their lives and thousands of people have lost their homes. If you wish to help out and donate but are not in Guatemala, here are some options you can use to donate via Credit Card, Paypal or even with Bitcoin:
Where can I donate money to help Guatemala?
Agromercantil Bank of Guatemala —BAM—
Guatemala’s Agromercantil Bank —known locally as BAM—, has partnered with the Rotary Club of Guatemala and has released information on how to make international wire transfers. All funds collected will be transferred directly to the Rotary Club and the execution of these funds will be supervised by the Governor of District 4250:
Beneficiary bank: Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala, S.A.
7a. av. 7-30 zona 9, Ciudad de Guatemala
Swift code AGROGTGC
Account number: 30-4013272-0
Account name: BAMos GUATE
- Citibank, N.A. New York, NY
Swift code CITIUS33
- Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. New York, NY
Swift code PNBPUS3NNYC
- Bank of America, N.A. New York, NY
Swift code BOFAUS3M
Rotary Club of Guatemala
Vista Hermosa Rotary Club, a local chapter of the Rotary Club of Guatemala has enabled a safe payment portal where you can make direct donations with a Credit Card. All you need to do is visit this link and enter the payment information.
Guatemalan Red Cross
The Guatemalan Red Cross has released information on how to make international wire transfers to make direct donations to their organization. The information is the following:
- Account Name: Cruz Roja Guatemalteca
- Account Number: 3033699352
- Swift/IBAN Code: GT03 BRRL 0101 0000 0030 3369 9352.
- Intermediary banks:
- Citibank, N.A. – Swift: CITIUS33 / ABA: 021000089
- Wells Fargo Bank – Swift: PNBPUS3NNYC / ABA: 026005092
- Commerzbank AG – Swift: COBADEFF
Yo me uno
Yo me uno is a program launched by the Central American Bank —BAC— that allows NGOs to receive donations from people and companies who feel identified with their cause. They have joined efforts with CentraRSE, the National Coordinator for the Reduction of Disasters —CONRED— and UNICEF to receive donations to help all people affected by this event. In order to donate, you can visit this link, where can pick a fixed amount or enter your own in the local currency (GTQ) to make a donation via Credit or Debit Card.
There are many campaigns on GoFundMe created by concerned Guatemalans all around the world who want to help out the country. While these are all created by private individuals, they are all covered by the GoFundMe Guarantee, that guarantees all funds raised will get to the right place.
You can browse the list of verified campaigns and their pledges on this link.
Miguel Vargas Association
The Miguel Vargas Association is a humanitarian program that aims to raise funds to provide dental, medical, and educational aid across Guatemala. They have pledged to provide medical assistance and other recovery resources to guatemalans affected by this situation. You can donate to their cause via PayPal by visiting this link.
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has been a unifying force for Jewish community-building and philanthropy for more than 75 years. They have established an emergency Relief Fund to help people affected by the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala, where 100% of donations will help provide critical humanitarian aid to the victims and their families.
Donations checks with the notation of Fuego Volcano Relief can be sent to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami FL 33137. Online contributions can also be made by visiting their website.
Guatemalan American Association of Miami
The Guatemalan American Association of Miami will be receiving item donations to be sent to the country. Among the donations, they are asking for: canned food, bottled water, surgical masks, antibiotics, disinfectants, rubbing alcohol, diapers —infant and adult—, primary hygiene items and toiletries —such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary pads—, pain relievers and first aid kits. All these items will be sent and distributed to shelters and victims of this event.
The Association will be receiving donations until June 9th at the following locations across Miami, Florida:
- Tikal Bakery, located at 1255 NW 1 Street.
- Guatecargo Network, located at 1418 NW West Flagler Street.
- Jacalito Taquería #2, located at 33 NW 27th Avenue.
- Zuleta Miami, located at 8061 NW 67th Street.
- Dorita, located at 20328 NE 16th Place.
Guatemalan Consulate in Los Angeles
Several collection centers have been opened in the Los Angeles area where you can donate items like canned food, protein bars, bottled water, baby bottles, baby formula, hydrating drinks —pedialyte—, bedding sheets, towels, hygiene items and toiletries, sanitary pads, first aid kits, cleaning items, clothes and diapers —infant and adult— to help victims and shelters.
All donations can be delivered at the following locations across LA:
- Nicky’s Sport locations, on June 9th and June 10th, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m:
- 1536 W 7th, Los Angeles, CA 90017
- 2743 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006
- Bell Gardens, 6365 Florence Ave, Bell Gardens, CA 90201
- South Gate, 3537 Tweedy Blvd., South Gate, CA 90280
- Ocean Gate Ministries on Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- 13443 Oceangave Ave. Hawthorne, CA 90250
- Collection Center at 1219 W Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90011
Civic and Cultural Society of Guatemala in Chicago
The Civic and Cultural Society of Guatemala in Chicago is a group created by the Guatemala-American community living in the Chicago Area. The group will hold a Fundraiser from friday June 8th through Sunday June 10th at the Latin Patio Restaurant in Chicago —3112 N. Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634—.
There will be plenty of food, raffles and games and they will be receiving monetary donations, cash or checks. A group traveling to Guatemala will be delivering the donations to the Escuintla Hospital, which has been treating many of the wounded.
The CCSGC will also be accepting first aid kits, bandages, burn cream and other primary need items at the event and at the donation center, located at 2018 W Montrose Avenue in Chicago.
La Reunión Foundation
This NGO was founded by La Reunión Golf Resort and Residences, and it’s aimed at helping all surrounding villages and communities. The hotel was also destroyed by the Volcano eruption but it’s still dedicated to help their community. Their focus is to help survivors who were left without homes or resources and supporting active relief organizations.
You can make a direct contribution with a Credit or Debit card by visiting this link.
God’s Child Project
God’s Child Project has launched a massive relief effort in order to help all victims. They have opened an emergency shelter at Nuestros Ahijados to care for victims affected by this situation, and are providing medical care, food and clothing.
Donations can be sent to: Emergency Relief, PO Box 1844, Bismarck, ND 58502.
Anacafé and Funcafé
Coffee Farmers in Guatemala will be receiving donations through the National Association of Coffee —ANACAFE— and the Foundation of Coffee Farming for Rural Development —FUNCAFE—. All donations will be used to buy non-perishable food, bottled water, toilet paper, diapers, clothes, shoes, bedding, toiletries, basic medicine, and other items of primary need for victims in shelters.
Click here to send a donation via PayPal.
Catholic Relief Services
This Association has been helping via Caritas Escuintla with humanitarian assistance within shelters. They are also contributing by providing immediate emergency items such as food and bottled water for local shelters who are currently housing most of the victims of the volcano eruption.
If you want to donate, you can do it by visiting this link.
Techo is a well known NGO in Guatemala that is always working towards giving guatemalans a shot at a better future, improving their living conditions. They are working towards supporting all families affected by the volcano and gathering funds to help rebuild their houses.
You can visit the following link to make a donation with a Credit or Debit Card.
Plantemos is an Organization that raises funds towards the reforestation of the Guatemalan forests. They have made their fundraising platform available to people who want to help the volcano relief effort.
All donations received will be used to buy medicine and equipment desperately needed by relief teams: medical gauze, hand soap, disinfectant gel, saline solution, eye medicine, bandages, etc. You can make a donation by visiting their site.
They are taking Credit Card and Bitcoin donations, and are the only Guatemalan Organization accepting bitcoin donations at the moment.
Thank you for all of your goodwill and solidarity with the guatemalan people on this very difficult time! We are overwhelmed with all the positive actions taking place to help our brothers in need. We thank you for helping out and encourage you to share this message so more people can also help some amazing Guatemalans. #FuerzaGuatemala