Guatemala

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Since 1994, we’ve helped kids in Guatemala defeat hunger and create brighter futures!

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

Guatemala Basics

Population
15.4 million
Child Poverty Rate
75%
Schools Without Books
90%
Kids Fed Every School Day
1,200
New Shoes Given to Kids
42,600

Food & Nutrition

Half of children under 5 years old in Guatemala are chronically malnourished. In rural areas, the number goes up to two-thirds. It’s the worst rate in Central America and the 4th worst in the world.

Feed the Children feeds children at 10 feeding centers throughout the country, with two more planned. We also teach parents how to prepare nutritious foods, raise vegetables in home gardens and supplement with vitamins so they can feed their kids well at home.

Health & Water

Children stay healthy when they have access to clean water. In rural areas, 11% of the households get their water from unsafe sources (such as creeks or unprotected springs).

We work in a variety of ways to provide safe drinking water. Recently, we put in a rainwater catchment system to serve an entire community, with the help of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). We also build latrines in schools and community centers, teach children about proper hand washing, provide healthcare and give out new shoes to keep kids healthy and safe from parasites.

Education

The longer kids stay in school, the more they will be able to earn a living and provide a better life for their own children later. We want kids to get to go to school, so we provide student scholarships and give kids uniforms, shoes, backpacks, books and other school supplies.

We also build schools so kids don’t have to walk long distances, and we feed kids so they can learn without the distraction of a growling tummy.

Livelihoods

We teach parents and their kids how to earn enough to pay for school, buy food and build their businesses further. Guatemalan families have done very well learning to raise chickens (these provide eggs and meat to eat and to sell) and to keep their chickens healthy using vaccines. We provide classes on how to manage farms and do basic accounting. And we have started an artisan program that includes fabric weaving.

Through financial assistance from the Australian Embassy, one community benefited from the establishment of a chicken farm. The eggs from this chicken project provide income for the families involved and also meals for kids in the local feeding centers.

Take Action

Sponsor a Child in Guatemala

Sponsoring a child in Guatemala helps that child and also the entire community. Your monthly gift helps us create a community where no child goes to bed hungry. You can make sure one child eats nourishing food, drinks clean water from a source near their home, and goes to school where they learn and develop leadership skills. It also helps start family businesses. Most important, it gives these kids the chance to dream about a brighter tomorrow and make that dream a reality.

Your $34 a month will change the life of a child and his or her community forever!

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