Guatemala

Why World Vision is in Guatemala


Like the rest of the world, Guatemala was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic impact on families, especially those who depended on informal labor, was severe. Families faced difficulty getting food and clean water, increasing kids’ malnutrition and illness, and students in rural areas often weren’t able to continue their studies. On top of the pandemic’s challenges, Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Guatemala in the fall, destroying crops, homes, and infrastructure. Women and children in particular became more vulnerable to exploitation in the wake of the hurricanes’ devastation. Thanks to strong support, many children and families in need got access to the food and hygiene supplies to weather the pandemic. We advocated with the government to promote child protection and spread awareness among families about the risks of exploitation. Youth and entrepreneurs are receiving job training and financial support so they can restart their careers, and children’s faith is being strengthened through groups focused on resilience and emotional health. In the aftermath of the hurricanes, we reached the most affected areas with immediate and ongoing assistance, especially malnutrition treatment for young kids.

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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:

  • For children who have lost the opportunity to study and for those who suffer from domestic violence or are victims of trafficking.

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  • That the effects of this rainy season aren’t as severe as last year, and that families are prepared to face the storms that come.

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