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: 2016

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.
  • 320 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 19 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 3 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 63 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 487 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children.
  • 2 schools were upgraded to provide a better learning environment for students.
  • 424 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 70 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 74 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy.
  • 284 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases.
  • 59 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
  • 518 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.
  • 2 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis.

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.