309,147 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 10 November 2012 to support the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) in delivering assistance to some 6,000 beneficiaries, and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
At the end of the DREF operation, the National Society assisted 450 families with non-food items, 1,000 families with food parcels for two months, and over 6,000 persons with health campaigns to prevent outbreaks and psychosocial support to assist with the stress after the earthquake. Branch rebuilding was also supported by the DREF, which covered the development of new blueprints to repair and rebuild the San Marcos Branch, which was severely affected by the earthquake. It must be noted that because of the structural damage suffered by the branch, during the implementation of this operation the National Society staff and volunteers worked from a base camp located near the communities which was set-up with support from this DREF. At the moment the reconstruction of the branch stands at 25% and is ongoing.
The IFRC, on behalf of the GRC, would like to extend thanks to all the major donor and partners of the DREF for their generous contributions, in particular to ECHO, the Canadian Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government for their support to the Guatemala earthquake operation. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors.