Guatemala

We started working in Guatemala in 1999, helping the poorest children and families to overcome the impact of the country’s 36-year civil war. Our work in Guatemala focuses on the most vulnerable children and families.

In the poorest areas, rates of malnutrition are over 60% and stunting is common. Child labour is also prevalent in Guatemala. Around 19% of children aged seven to 17 are in work, often in dangerous situations. Among indigenous children, rates of child labour rise to 27%.

We’re helping families protect themselves against economic shocks and providing the tools and training they need to develop sustainable livelihoods. We’re improving understanding of healthy diets and working to prevent and treat malnutrition.

In education, we’re promoting early years education and supporting reading initiatives.

Guatemala is also vulnerable to natural disasters, such as storms, flooding, earthquakes and drought. We’re running disaster risk reduction programmes to help communities prepare for crises. And when emergencies do hit, we respond immediately with food, shelter, medical care and education.

School feeding programme in Camotan, Guatemala.

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