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    Weʼve raised £3,225 to help the people of la Palma affected by the volcanic eruption.

    Funded on Wednesday, 2nd February 2022

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    Photos of the volcanic eruption of La Palma have made the news around the world. At GeoTenerife, we want to put some of those photos to work to help the people most affected: the people of La Palma who have lost their homes and livelihoods. To date, over 1000 buildings have been destroyed by the lava, and 6000 people evacuated.

    People have lost their homes but also their ongoing income. In La Palma, many families live on the proceeds of their banana plantations, which they were able to plant on old lava flows thanks to money brought back from Cuba and Venezuela by their fathers and grandfathers who emigrated there to earn a living during hard times. Turning lava fields into plantations was backbreaking work, and involved levelling the terrain and transporting soil from forested areas. Overnight, they have been destroyed by advancing lava flows. Some 50% of the island's economy is related directly or indirectly to bananas. Just replacing people's lost homes will not be enough to mitigate for this economic loss.

    We are working with SAMU, a local photographer who has been documenting the eruption each night from a friend's rooftop with a telescopic lens. He himself has been evacuated as his own house is so close to the lava and in danger of being swallowed at any moment.

    We offered to pay SAMU for using his photos, but he didn't want any money for himself - rather he asked us to raise money directly to help other local families around him that have lost everything in the volcanic emergency.

    We are grateful for all donations, large or small. £5 could buy a volcano safety kit including goggles, FFP2 face mask and hand sanitiser. Larger donations will help towards replacing items families have lost in the emergency. Donations and acquisitions will be itemised, documented and published for full transparency.

    Using the hashtag #SamuLaPalma we will be publishing a photo of his every day on Instagram (@GeoTenerife) until the end of the month, and asking anyone wanting to support La Palma to make a donation to this JustGiving account.

    We will travel to La Palma at the end of the month and present Samu with the proceeds, and follow up on specifically how they are used via our social media channels (Twitter and Instagram: GeoTenerife).

    MEDIA OUTLETS/PHOTO AGENCIES: A range of unpublished, high resolution images and videos are available for publication and broadcast. Please contact if interested.

    PUBLIC: If reposting images we have already published, please credit @GeoTenerife @samu_bali #SamuLaPalma and consider making a donation here with a message of support for the people of La Palma.

    Thank you from all the GeoTenerife team, Samu and the people of La Palma.



    • Sharon Backhouse2 years ago
      Sharon Backhouse

      Sharon Backhouse

      2 years ago

      ACCOUNTING matters: Thank you to all of you who have offered ongoing help and support. We will be publishing our VolcanoStories research on our website in due course, which will include a section on the work we have done for SamuLaPalma and how we will be taking the project forward, with a detailed summary of income and expenses. In the meantime we will keep posting updates here for those who would like to see the development of the initiatives we are undertaking. GRACIAS y FUERZALAPALMA

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    • Sharon Backhouse2 years ago
      Sharon Backhouse

      Sharon Backhouse

      2 years ago

      The eruption has stopped but hazards remain as gas is released from the lava, and areas on the coast are still evacuated. Families are complaining that the help they have been promised is not arriving quickly enough, and we are working hard to ensure their concerns remain in the spotlight. On our latest trip, we met with the headmistress at a local primary school and mapped out our collaboration going forwards, to include twinning with a UK primary school and help to set up a science lab. We'll set up visits from our experts and students.

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    • Sharon Backhouse2 years ago
      Sharon Backhouse

      Sharon Backhouse

      2 years ago

      Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our SamuLaPalma campaign offline! You are AMAZING! Thanks to all your efforts we have been able to continue our work in La Palma, helping evacuated families affected by the volcanic eruption. On our latest trip we delivered FFP2 care packs with organic dried banana snacks for volunteer who gathered in Las Manchas to help clear ash from neighbours' houses. The packs contained information on the importance of wearing a mask when recently-erupted ash gets reworked (eg when shovelling!)

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    • Anonymous


      Jan 20, 2022

      It's a long road, keep up the good work 👍


    • Rosie Rice

      Rosie Rice

      Dec 29, 2021

      Money raised from my talk on my time in La Palma which will be used to buy FFP2 face masks and supplies for school children in the form of care packages. Fuerza La Palma ❤️


    • Elaine Rice

      Elaine Rice

      Dec 28, 2021

      Keep up the great work


    • Amy Jackson

      Amy Jackson

      Dec 27, 2021

      Condolences to those families who have lost their homes and livelihoods.


    • Pamela Campbell

      Pamela Campbell

      Dec 24, 2021

      Another instalment of my profits from my artwork postcard sales: :D


    • Ryan Bailey

      Ryan Bailey

      Dec 23, 2021

      Supporting La Palma and with a chance of getting the band back together…that’s a no brainer


    • Liam V

      Liam V

      Dec 23, 2021

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