A catastrophic eruption of Guatemala's Fuego Volcano affected over 1.7 million people. On June 3, more than 100 people were killed and 13,000 were displaced from their homes. When Kevin Andrade of The Voice Radio Network heard the news, his four radio stations held an on-air fundraiser that garnered donations totaling $78,500 in five hours. Thousands of people gave generously.
Knowing Sussex County Habitat's tithing relationship with Habitat Guatemala, Mr. Andrade wanted to partner with Habitat. Sussex County Habitat has been tithing, or sending a portion of the organization's undesignated funds, to Habitat Guatemala since 1995. We committed to this partnership because Sussex County Habitat serves a large Guatemalan population right here in Sussex County.
By donating the money through the Habitat tithe program, 100% of the funds raised by the radiothon went directly to the Guatemala people. Habitat Guatemala also matched the $78,500, which will enable them to build 16 homes. The houses are on track to be completed in February and March.
Mr. Andrade visited Habitat Guatemala in August where he met the families that will be helped by the generosity of Sussex County Latino community. He is very happy with this partnership and hopes to continue it in the future.