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North Dakota organization aids victims of the disaster in Guatemala

BISMARCK, N. D. – A North Dakota love has opened an emergency center for burn victims and orphaned children in Guatemala after the recent eruption of a volcano in the Central American country in which dozens of people were killed.

The Bismarck-based God’s Child Project, opened the shelter at the facility in Antigua, Guatemala. Hannah Tollefsrud, the organisation of the involvement of the coordinator, tells the Bismarck Tribune that the group was changed to the Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Baby in a temporary triage center.

She said that the organization expected to feed, clothe, shelter and medical assistance to thousands of people in the coming weeks.

“We will do everything in our power to help everyone that we can,” she said.

The volcanic eruption on Sunday, surprised residents in remote mountain communities, who have little time to evacuate. At least 69 people were killed, although the Guatemalan authorities expect the death toll rises.

God’s Child Project is able to provide immediate assistance with medications and medical supplies, donations of Sanford Health-and Mid-Dakota Clinic that is already stored in the factory in Guatemala.

Tollefsrud said that the organization also recently hundreds of free shirts that were transported to Guatemala a few months ago. Which are now scattered from the emergency shelter.

“For people who have been affected by the pyroclastic flow, and ash, that clean clothes are of vital importance,” Tollefsrud said.

The organization of the buildings were also damaged by the searing ash and mud, that must be an extensive repair after the group provides emergency care.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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