Guatemala

Since 1994, we’ve helped Guatemalan children in need defeat hunger and create a brighter future!

Children in Guatemala are surrounded with a rich cultural heritage. Mayan languages and traditions are still an important part of the country’s identity. Guatemala is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea on the east.

The country recently emerged from a long civil war that severely impacted their poverty and malnourishment rates. Much of the population is rural, where many families live on less than US $4 a day. Our work in Guatemala began in 1994, and since then we’ve developed a holistic approach that empowers families to escape the effects of malnourishment and poverty.

Guatemala Basics

Population
16.5 million
Living on < $3.10/day
24.1%
Kids with Stunted Growth
47%
Average Years of Schooling
6.3 years
People Without Clean Water
40%

Food & Nutrition

We work closely with mothers to help them make smart nutritional decisions within the first 1,000 days of life of their child’s life. Through our programs, we provide deworming medicine and vitamin supplements that can improve nutritional outcomes for children.

It is very important to continue the efforts of prevention by training caregivers about nutrition. In Guatemala, we reach caregivers with knowledge about nutritious food preparation to help them better care for their children at home.

Health & Water

Unclean water and hygiene practices are large contributors to poor health in Guatemala. Thankfully, low-cost solutions can prevent many of these diseases. Similar to our work in Food & Nutrition, we train caregivers and children alike in healthy behaviors. By promoting things like prenatal and antenatal care specifically to mothers, fewer children are negatively impacted by what could have been prevented.

Education

Children who complete more years of schooling are more likely to escape the cycle of poverty, but physical barriers can often prevent kids from reaching their full potential.

In Guatemala, we provide daily school meals to children to help shift their focus from short-term hunger to their education. Volunteer mothers are crucial to the success of school meals, as they often prepare the food in their homes and serve it to the school children. We also provide school supplies and other materials to make sure each child can reach their full potential.

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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