How the Plant Industry Can Help Guatemala Volcano Victims

How the Plant Industry Can Help Guatemala Volcano Victims

Workers at Vita Farms in Guatemala is collecting goods for Fuego volcano victims. The farm was spared from disaster, and Vita Farms, along with its U.S.-based contingent, ForemostCo, is asking the industry for help to provide aid for Guatemala. Photo and video courtesy of ForemostCo.

Miami, FL-based young plant grower ForemostCo, Inc., has mobilized its network to raise funds for the communities affected by the Fuego Volcano eruptions in Guatemala. While ForemostCo’s Guatemala-based production facility, Vita Farms, has been spared by the eruption, the surrounding communities have not been as fortunate. Vita Farms Manager Luis Pacheco has been working directly with aid organizations within the country to help the 1.7 million people affected. With the death toll currently at 99, and those reported missing at 192, the situation in Guatemala is extremely critical according to Sergio Cabañas, the Executive Secretary of Guatemala’s National Coordination for Disaster Reduction.

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“Having directly experienced the effects of Guatemala’s Pacaya volcanic explosion in 2010, we know how important aid and support can be,” says Joseph Roberts IX, Chief Operating Officer for ForemostCo. “We are also keenly aware that timeliness of aid distribution is of utmost importance. To that end, we have partnered with the Rotary Club of Miami Airport, Inc., to streamline the fundraising efforts and distribution of aid on the ground.”

[Video provided by ForemostCo]

Those interested in supporting the relief efforts can make a tax-deductible donation to the Rotary Club of Miami Airport, Inc. through the GoFundMe.com fundraising page. All donations will be distributed directly to Rotary Club Escuintla in Guatemala, which is coordinating relief efforts on the ground to provide emergency shelter, food, medicine, and other basic necessities. Get updates and additional information on the Rotary Club of Miami Airport website.

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