Kids in Guatemala grow up with a rich cultural heritage, since the Mayans originally lived here. In many parts of the country, they speak both Spanish and one of 22 Mayan tribal languages or Garifuna, and celebrate their heritage in their clothing and traditions. It’s a beautiful country, bordering both the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea on the east.
The country recently emerged from a long civil war. Even though the fighting is over, many children don’t get enough to eat. In rural areas, where more than half of the population lives, 70% of families live on less than US$4 dollars a day.
Feed the Children began working here in 1994. We currently reach 1,285 children and over 6,000 families in three regions with good food, safe water, educational assistance and job training