Olopa's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The community of Olopa is located in eastern Guatemala, and is very rural. Most of the people who live here are indigenous Chorti Maya. Daily life is very difficult, with two-thirds of people living in poverty. About 85% of the houses have dirt floors, and fewer than half of all families have access to safe water. Most families depend on agriculture and cattle management to survive, yet much of the arable land is owned by wealthy families who cultivate coffee. This means that there is little land available on which families can grow food. Flooding and drought make it even harder to build a reliable food supply.
Child Protection
  • 10 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 225 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 25 children participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 6 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 602 youth participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 1 cultural and recreational club is giving children a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 1,124 young people are participating in clubs focused on developing practical life skills to prepare them for the future
  • 1,595 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 266 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 115 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • This community has a disaster risk reduction plan in place to help all be prepared in the case of a natural disaster
  • 13 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 391 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Olopa

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Olopa

Food security and diversity is an ongoing issue for families in Olopa. A lack of fruits, vegetables, and proteins in children’s diets has led to malnutrition and stunted growth.
Less than half of all families in this community have access to safe water, which often leads to waterborne illnesses and the spread of preventable disease.

Economic Development
Most families in this community depend on agriculture and livestock to earn a living and provide for their families. However, most low-income farmers are only entitled to small plots of land on hilly terrain. Most fertile land is owned by wealthier families growing coffee. Added challenges include outdating farming techniques and natural disasters such as floods and drought

Literacy among impoverished families in Olopa is low. About 70 per cent of people living here can neither read nor write. As a result, many parents struggle to understand the value of and prioritize education for their children, who often drop out of school altogether to work in support of their families. Existing schools are low on trained teachers and require additional equipment and resources to create a quality learning environment.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Olopa,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.