Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country of striking geographical features including active volcanoes and a strong indigenous culture – as well as crushing poverty, violence and unrest. As part of the Northern Triangle, along with El Salvador and Honduras, Guatemala is considered one of the world’s most dangerous places.
Still recovering from a deadly, decades-long (36 years) civil war that ended in 1996, over half of the population lives below the poverty line with nearly half of Guatemala’s children under the age of 5 suffering from stunted growth due to chronic malnutrition, with lifelong consequences. Tragically, the double-digit rate of child homicide is also among the world’s highest.
INDIGENOUS MAYA WHO MAKE UP ABOUT HALF OF THE POPULATION ARE
DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY THE COUNTRY'S STRUGGLES
With the help of caring people like you we can give Guatemalan children a brighter future
In recent years, record numbers of children and families in Guatemala and throughout the region have been driven to leave their homes and make the perilous and futile journey to seek a better life. That’s why we’re hard at work – not only helping children on the move and those at the U.S. border, but addressing the root causes of this crisis within Guatemala.