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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year

Child Protection
To ensure children in Guineales are protected, nurtured and empowered for the future, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide children and youth opportunities to learn about their rights and receive job and leadership training
  • Equip community leaders and volunteers to promote the protection, rights and the well-being of children
  • Strengthen and create community protection systems and promote them to children and youth
  • Advocate the government to improve child protection systems and rights at the community level

To help children and their families experience better health and well-being, we will partner with the community to:
  • Educate mothers on good health and nutrition education and promote hygienic food preparation habits
  • Reduce the occurrence of avoidable diseases like diarrhea and respiratory infections in children under five
  • Ensure children receive age-appropriate vaccinations to protect them from avoidable illness
  • Improve the quality and availability of adequate health services, particularly for children under five

To ensure the preservation of natural resources and improve economic opportunities, World Vision will work to:
  • Support communities with the development of disaster prevention plans and preparedness training
  • Strengthen the capacity of 1,000+ families to improve their living conditions and resilience
  • Provide skills training and development opportunities to children and youth to improve their life skills
  • Improve and maintain enrolment and literacy rates to ensure children's future career opportunities
Guineales is a rural community in Guatemala, home to almost 17,000 people, including 5,323 children. Ongoing issues such as climate change, the mismanagement of natural resources and the common occurrence of natural disasters such as landslides and floods threatens the livelihoods of families and the well-being of children. Often, parents lack the information to understand how preserving the environment better ensures their family's health. As such, harmful practices such as burning garbage or dumping waste into rivers continues.

Extreme poverty affects every area of life for families in Guineales. Illiteracy and unemployment is common, making it difficult for parents to care for their children. Unemployment can also seep into domestic life, with some adults turning to alcoholism and even abuse to cope. Children are especially vulnerable in these situations, suffering physical, verbal or emotional trauma. Some are even subject to child labour. Most worrying is that harmful practices are often destined to continue, with traumatized children growing up to repeat cycles of abuse.
Child Protection
  • 60 children participated in spaces for the protection of law and prevention of abuse
  • 1 local level advocacy event where children and youth participated meaningfully in community decision-making
  • 74 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 75 parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 1 training and disaster drill was conducted for children
  • 8 women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 75 children aged 3-6 years are currently attending early child development centers
  • 616 children participated in reading comprehension activities
  • 1 organized advocacy group at the community level
  • 1 community now has risk prevention and mitigation plan
  • 1 community implemented local threat, vulnerability and capacity assessments
  • 20 community groups, caregivers and health personnel have been trained on hygienic food preparation and preservation methods
  • 80 livestock units provided families with nutritious animal food sources
  • 30 families participated in self-help groups
  • 20 farm demonstration sites were established
  • 4 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 20 adults learned better ways to collectively produce, harvest or process the products they sell, helping them earn more to support their children.
  • 20 farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 5 new savings groups were formed, helping mothers and fathers work toward greater financial stability and meet their children's needs.
  • 5 farmers were provided with agricultural inputs to improve their farms
Health and Nutrition
  • 80 families have access to diversified food to improve their health and nutrition
  • 20 families have access to diversified food to improve their health and nutrition
  • 1 practice implemented and improved in the participating school.
  • 50 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 150 students have hand-washing facilities and soap at their school, helping to keep them healthy and creating a cleaner learning environment.
  • 10 water and sanitation committees received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
  • 1 community was 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

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current conditions

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The needs in Guineales

Child Protection
Children from the most vulnerable families in Guineales are often at risk of having their rights violated. In many cases, their own parents have suffered poverty, illiteracy and child abuse and continue to recycle negative patterns as they deal with unemployment, limited job opportunities and self-harming behaviors such as alcoholism. Parents need support, resources and education to form positive relationships and habits.

Some children dealing with domestic issues leave home in search of a job and independence. Not only does this curtail their education, it exposes them to employers who may exploit their age and inexperience. In general, children's rights are not respected and they lack safe spaces to develop leadership skills and play in peace.

In Guineales, the first roadblock to achieving good health is a lack of education. Information on family planning, child spacing and general sexual health is scarcely shared within the community. Education on proper nutrition, prenatal care and hygienic food preparation are also lacking. As a result, many parents are ill-equipped to plan for and nurture a growing, healthy family.

Roughly 55 per cent of children under five are chronically malnourished at least 14 per cent regularly suffer diarrhea due to unsanitary practices in the community. Of the 10 villages that make up Guineales, only three have health posts. Even existing health facilities lack the medicine and resources needed to prevent, mitigate and treat disease.

Employment in Guineales is low and there are few economic opportunities available. The community is rich in natural resources, but their mismanagement limits families income. At least 62 per cent of the population uses 89 square feet worth of firewood every year. The resulting deforestation not only disrupts the natural flow of water, but also threatens valuable native species. Climate change combined with natural disasters such as flooding have also contributed to the poor production of fruit and coffee"farmer's primary means of income.

Farmers lack information on modern production techniques, livestock breeding and disaster mitigation to better ensure their success. Youth also lack information, with limited opportunities to develop job and leadership skills. Low income also contributes to malnourishment, poor hygiene and negative domestic practices.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Guineales,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.