Guatemala

Why World Vision is in Guatemala


Guatemala faces extensive corruption among leaders and politicians. Injustice issues are becoming increasingly prominent, even making global news, and the problems are far-reaching. Instability and uncertainty have a big impact on politics and the economy. Gangs and extortion groups control many regions of Guatemala. Though recent attention on tragedies and human rights violations has provoked changes, injustice and abuse interrupt the lives of many children and youth. Child malnutrition is prevalent as well—eight in 10 kids who die from malnutrition are less than 2 years old. Thanks to your support, we’re providing life-saving treatment for children under 5 who suffer from preventable illness. We’re establishing dozens of offices for child protection, and they’re already handling hundreds of abuse cases against vulnerable children. We’re also ensuring full vaccinations for children and increasing literacy rates. In one impoverished community, kids are experiencing healing and hope through music and art programs. Together, we’re helping the most vulnerable children transform oppression into opportunities.

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World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Guatemala

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Leadership workshops and small groups helped children learn about their rights, their responsibilities, and the importance of self-care.
  • Parents, teachers, and children participated in training sessions where they learned to identify and report cases of child abuse so that children can feel safer in their communities.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • To help keep children healthy and strong, mothers learned how to grow nutritious foods in backyard gardens and prepare balanced meals for their children. They also learned about proper hygiene when cooking to help prevent food and waterborne diseases.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Children's reading comprehension and literacy skills are improving through new teaching methods, dedicated reading spaces in schools, and family support for literacy at home.
  • Parents and teachers learned about child development and basic education for young children. Now they can better support their students with engaging activities to foster children's development.

Prayer Requests from Guatemala

World Vision's staff in Guatemala are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Our youth to find development opportunities through our programs and are pulled out of violence and poverty.

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  • Hearts of decision makers are sensitized so that children's well-being is prioritized.

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News from Guatemala

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