World Vision staff in Yesica’s community observed that she was underweight for her age. They connected her mother, Telma, with a nutrition training program so she could learn to make more nutritious food with local ingredients. Now Yesica falls into an appropriate weight for her age and height.
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.
We never give up on people
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.
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.
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.
News from Guatemala
Child sponsorship and the gift of chickens help the family of Hamilton, who is deaf, provide for his medical needs. Plus, the chickens provide a wonderful stress release for his mother, Juana.
Gift Catalog chickens have helped single mother Delmi care for herself and her 5-year-old son, Alvaro. Thanks to the extra money she earns by selling chickens and eggs at the local market, she can more easily afford the supplies he needs for his education.
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