Experts say Guatemala is prone to a variety of natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions.
Frederick based organization, AMEDICAusa helps those in need in Guatemala by providing medical, education, and disaster relief services.
AMEDICAusa’s President Neal Brown, who used to work at a fire and rescue near Portland Oregon, said helping others in need is what motivates him.
“In terms of the fire department, especially since I did that for so long, it’s really kind of like helping your neighbor with a problem,” Brown said.
Brown said last year, they helped about 2,500 school children.
“The children largely come from families who work for maybe $1.75 a day, so they can’t afford things like school books, pencils and paper, just the sort of basic school supplies that we kind of take for granted,” Brown said.
When it comes to disaster relief, Brown said the goal is to teach others so that they can teach others. A gift that keeps on giving.
“We run an annual academy in Guatemala City specifically for that purpose. We trained 120 firefighters this year during that academy… They go back and then train their own people in the the classes that we gave them,” Brown said.
He said a daily reminder is the big red fire truck that sits in his driveway. It was just one of the many donations.
“We sent an ambulance in May in coordination with a Swiss group. We send an engine at least two or three times a year,” said Brown.
To learn more, or donate to AMEDICAusa, please visit: http://www.amedicausa.org/