Sister Aburto and Sister Harkness offer comfort, provide aid to volcano survivors in Guatemala

During a visit to Guatemala on Aug. 29, Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Sister Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, met with survivors of the devastating Fuego Volcano eruption that occurred on June 3.

The duo — who were traveling in Central America from Aug. 24 through Sept. 4 — have been interacting with members, Church leaders and local organizations to offer comfort and provide aid on behalf of the Church, according to a Newsroom release.

On Aug. 29, the two women greeted victims of the volcano as they walked around a community of temporary housing in Finca la Industria, Escuintla. The community of wooden structures was built with funds from the Church’s Humanitarian Aid Fund and serves as a refuge for those who were impacted from the natural disaster. Other displaced members have been living in a local church building that serves as temporary housing as well as a rehabilitation clinic for survivors.

Also on their itinerary was a visit to the Children’s Hospital of Infectious Diseases and Rehabilitation, where Sisters Aburto and Harkness met with local doctors and patients and presented a donation of medical equipment on behalf of the Church.

The pair will also go to El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama during their visit to the Central America area, where they will train Church leaders and participate in devotionals with members.

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