Skip to content

Minn. nonprofit helps Guatemala volcano victims

The #1 Catholic Online School
FREE Catholic Classes

By Heidi Wigdahl (KARE 11)
6/13/2018 (6 months ago)
Catholic Online (

A Twin Cities nonprofit has launched a massive relief effort to help volcano victims in Guatemala.

It's been one week since Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego (the Volcano of Fire) erupted. The initial eruption killed at least 110 people, while about 200 people are still missing.

Many survivors have turned to the charity's homeless shelter that's been turned into an emergency shelter.

Many survivors have turned to the charity's homeless shelter that's been turned into an emergency shelter.


By Heidi Wigdahl (KARE 11)
Catholic Online (
6/13/2018 (6 months ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Guatemala, God's Child, Volcano, Volcanic Eruption, Charity, Assistance, Toxic Ash


GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- A Twin Cities nonprofit, with operations in Guatemala, has launched a massive relief effort to help the victims. They're also hoping Minnesotans will get involved.
"Immediately, people began to come to The GOD'S CHILD Project homeless shelter," said Patrick Atkinson, founder and executive director of The GOD'S CHILD Project. "They were scared, they were trembling."

The GOD's CHILD Project was founded in Bismarck, North Dakota, but also has an office in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Atkinson flew to Guatemala from Minnesota on Monday.

The nonprofit's homeless shelter in Antigua is about seven miles away from the base of the volcano. Besides a homeless shelter, the nonprofit runs multiple schools and a hospital for malnourished children.

According to Emily Schaefbauer with The GOD'S CHILD Project, all of their sites had ash on them.

Many survivors have turned to the charity's homeless shelter that's been turned into an emergency shelter. Atkinson, who is still in Guatemala, told KARE 11 via Skype that the first night they had 50 people and the second night they had 100.
"They had no food, they had no clothing except for what was on their backs," he said.

They are also taking in orphans.

"One little girl, 3 years old, just keeps walking around saying, 'Where's my mommy? Where's my daddy?' And we had to tell her that both of them have gone to God," Atkinson said.

Monday, seven more orphans will be arriving. The children, ages 3 to 7, also suffered from first, second and third-degree burns.

According to Schaefbauer, most of the people affected are farmers who lost not only their homes but their livelihood.
"Their homes are covered in toxic ash and even if they can go back to their home, it's all hazardous and toxic. They lost all their possessions. They can't go back to the same land that they were on," Schaefbauer said.

The GOD'S CHILD Project is asking for help.

They need volunteers to help build homes in Guatemala. They also need monetary donations, as well as in-kind donations. Atkinson said that includes bar soap, clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shoes.
Atkinson also said, "If you're a person of faith ... pray in your faith for these kids, for these mothers, for these families. They've lost everything."

You can find out more information by checking out their website and Facebook page. You can also call 612-351-8020.


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'

Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2018
Priests and their Pastoral Ministry.
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.


More Americas

Australian PM promises bill to protect against religious discrimination Watch

Image of

Amid competing claims of religious freedom rights and LBGT rights, the Australian prime minister said Thursday the government will next ... continue reading

Amid priest murders, religious freedom situation in Mexico draws concern Watch

Image of

With 26 priests murdered in the last six years, Mexico received a prominent mention in the 2018 Report on Religious Freedom in the World, ... continue reading

After abortion litmus test controversy, Canada job grant program makes some changes Watch

Image of

Catholic organizations and others welcomed the Canadian government's changes to rules for job grants that had required them to affirm ... continue reading

The US archdiocese with a relic of the original Guadalupe image Watch

Image of

 Millions of pilgrims travel each year to see the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. In one U.S. diocese, however, ... continue reading

Deacon Fournier on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Watch

Image of

Our Lady of Guadalupe has been hailed as the Patroness of the America's. The "New Evangelization" of the America's has been entrusted to ... continue reading

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.