Guatemala

Working With Children in Guatemala

For many children in Guatemala, poverty and violence are far too often common companions with homicide rates among the highest in the world outside of war zones. To protect children from the violence around them, we work with pastors, teachers, community leaders and the children themselves to raise awareness and implement strategies to help kids be safe and thrive.

More than half of Guatemala’s population live below the poverty line and one half of the children are malnourished. Along with income-supporting programs, we help parents cultivate diversified backyard vegetable gardens and learn how to maximize nutritional benefits in meal preparation. 

Your impact in Guatemala

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
 
  • 1,149 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 198 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 202 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 408 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
 
  • 1,494 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 19 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students, received classroom tools and resources, were renovated
  • 22 youth received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 4,803 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
    902 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
 
  • 22 young people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 27 individuals are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 112 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 28 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 3 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
 
  • 1,194 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 27 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 3,079 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 5 survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 515 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.
  • 303 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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