Olopa's Community News

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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
  • 3 local level advocacy events where children and youth participated meaningfully in community decision-making
  • 115 parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 72 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 35 women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 3 training and disaster drills were conducted for children
  • 30 youth were involved in vocational training through summer schools
  • 178 children aged 3-6 years are currently attending early child development centers
  • 120 students were enrolled in remedial and accelerated learning classes
  • 1617 children participated in reading comprehension activities
  • 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
Health and Nutrition
  • 28 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
  • 9 communities implemented local threat, vulnerability and capacity assessments
  • 9 organized advocacy groups at the community level
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1 water and sanitation committee received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
  • 391 sex-specific toilet stalls are in use at schools and education centres, giving students better sanitation and privacy.
  • 157 students have hand-washing facilities and soap at their school, helping to keep them healthy and creating a cleaner learning environment.
  • 55 people participated in hygiene training, campaigns or committees, learning habits to stay healthy and clean, such as washing their hands.
  • 54 households built new latrines, so families can have better sanitation and a healthier home environment.
  • 7 communities were motivated and equipped for advocacy work on child protection and safety issues, so more children can grow up in a safe community.

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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.