Major Destruction in Guatemala Hitting Home in the United States

Autism Geniuses of the World

Autism Geniuses of the World

Major Destruction in Guatemala Hitting Home in the United States

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:31 AM

BOSTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / June 12, 2018 / On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018, a deadly volcanic eruption wiped out dozens of innocent people and children and injuring hundreds in various villages across Guatemala. However, the death toll may soon rise as many begin to uncover what once was their home, is now a pile of ash.

Nelly Mayen, teacher at the official school Mixta San Miguel Los Lotes. Three of her students died and the school was destroyed completely.

This destruction was caused by Volcano de Fuego, also known as the Volcano of Fire, which is located 27 miles southwest of Guatemala City. Ashes and other debris cling to the air throughout the many miles that the volcano hit, creating a whirlwind of new problems.

Lucy O'Matta, founder of Incluyeme, putting together emergency kits for autistic children living in shelters.

The Autism Geniuses of The World (AGW), a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA dedicated to empowering the autistic community through education and awareness in Guatemala, is currently in a state of loss. Founder of AGW and demonstrative advocate for children with disabilities, Maribel Rueda, has expressed that this tragedy pains her, a place that she calls home, is now suffering because of a natural disaster. This major eruption is also exceptionally hard to handle due to five children that were under the care of this organization who tragically died.

Rescue worker in Guatemala.

To rebuild the Guatemalan community and to help those children with disabilities currently fighting for their life, Rueda and her team have created a GoFundMe page to raise money that will go to local organizations, hospitals and schools to help these children who have been affected by the catastrophe. As Rueda explains on the donation page, opening your heart to help these children will create a stable and inclusive community so that they are able to rebuild their future.

Volcano El Fuego eruption.

We are all united by two common factors: love and compassion. There is no better time than right now to join hands with the Guatemala community so that they can get back on their feet.

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Rueda and members of her family at the Perkin School for the Blind in Boston.

Article written by:

Maggie Dobson


As an alumna of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management and a minor in Anthropology, Maggie Dobson continues to use her experienced skills in research, grant writing, social media marketing and development work to position herself within the nonprofit sector that brings forth arts and culture but also philanthropy work. Her passion for communities and cultures around the world through grant writing and programming will lead her into a career that is plentiful and creative.


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SOURCE: Autism Geniuses of the World