The municipalities of Villa Canales and San Miguel Petapa belong to the department of Guatemala, both of them are in urban areas, but their communities are highly vulnerable to floods and landslides because they have several rivers around them. This is why, the Guatemalan Red Cross, with the support of Norwegian Red Cross, trained 476 people in both municipalities through the “Community Resilience Project” with the aim of increasing the resilience of these communities to disasters.

“The municipality of San Miguel Peta is very vulnerable, each year, especially in winter, the rising of the Pínula river causes problems, putting the population at risk, that is why it is very important that we are trained, ready and prepared to respond to these threats. Thanks to the Red Cross we are achieving this”, said Ana Lucia, Sub Coordinator of the Local Coordinator for the Disaster Reduction of the urban center of San Miguel Petapa.

“I am supporting the Community Resilience Project. Participating in this project helped me and changed my life. I am now aware that engaging in resilience activities can keep neighbors together and reduce disasters”, said Walter Estuardo Oreallana, member of the Local Coordinator for the Disaster Reduction of the urban center of San Miguel Petapa.

“I want to thank the Guatemalan Red Cross for the support it has given to our village, for its constant training and the strengthening of our Local Coordinator for Disaster Reduction. Thank you for taking us into account and watching over for the sake of our village, thanks to it we are now a resilient community”, said Gilda María Pérez de Villa Canales, San José El Tablón village.

During the training process communities acquire the necessary knowledge and tools to identify their risks and implement disaster risk reduction actions.