Family from Miami Valley helping Guatemala volcano victims

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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Family from Miami Valley helping Guatemala volcano victims

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A family who spent decades in the Miami Valley is now living in Guatemala helping victims of the deadly volcanic eruption last Sunday.

At least 109 people were killed and nearly 200 are believed to be missing.

Daryl Fulp and his wife run two group homes for special needs children. They moved from Troy to San Antonio Aguas Calientes, about 8 miles from the crater.

The couple also runs Hope for Home, a ministry group. One of their three adopted international special needs children is from Guatemala.

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"We got rained on by ash and lava rocks about three-quarters of an inch in diameter when the eruption occurred, and in fact we removed an estimated 5000-6000 pounds of rock and ash from our two group homes," Fulp said.

The group has spent nearly a week now trying to bring medicine and drinking water to about 7500 people stranded on the side of a mountain. Volcanic ash has contaminated their drinking supply and wiped out resources.

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Daryl Fulp and his wife have relocated to Guatemala to help victims of the deadly volcano that erupted recently. He and his wife spent decades in the Miami Valley and now run two group homes for special needs children. (Courtesy/Daryl Fulp)

Daryl Fulp and his wife have relocated to Guatemala to help victims of the deadly volcano that erupted recently. He and his wife spent decades in the Miami Valley and now run two group homes for special needs children. (Courtesy/Daryl Fulp)

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Daryl Fulp and his wife have relocated to Guatemala to help victims of the deadly volcano that erupted recently. He and his wife spent decades in the Miami Valley and now run two group homes for special needs children. (Courtesy/Daryl Fulp)

Today we learned prosecutors in Guatemala are investigating if the country's emergency response system was negligent in its response to the deadly eruption.

Fulp said leaders only opened the borders to allow international relief workers in on Thursday.

"The government is corrupt… The warning did not go out effectively," he said.

You can learn more about Fulp's work at hopeforhome.org.

If you're interested in making a donation, Fulp says to mark it "volcano relief" and 100 percent of any gift will go toward aid.

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