Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. Guatemala’s abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to Mesoamerica’s designation as a biodiversity hotspot. The country is also known for its rich and distinct culture, which is characterized by a fusion of Spanish and Indigenous influences.

  • Capital: Guatemala City
  • Population: 13,824,463
  • Language: Spanish and Amerindian
  • The first chocolate bar was invented in Guatemala during Mayan times

Our History in Guatemala

In 1976, Food for the Hungry (FH) began working in response to an earthquake that killed more than 22,000 people and left 1 million without homes.
Since then, FH has focused efforts on community development and other areas of need to improve living conditions, including rebuilding after natural disasters.

FH officially officially established its the office in Haiti in 1981 with a focus on child development. FH concentrated on meeting the needs of orphans and widows who had been affected by Guatemala’s civil war by working in partnership with local organizations to provide food and clothing. From 1990-1997, FH implemented a maternal and child health program in the Nebaj region with support from the Kellogg Foundation and in coordination with the Ministry of Health. FH has been working with education projects in the Municipalities of Nebaj and San Cristobal for more than 16 years and has established strong relationships with the municipal governments, local communities and schools. Since then, FH has focused efforts on long-term community development with the goal of eliminating chronic childhood malnutrition.

Current Work

     Current communities: 147  |   Children sponsored: 9,178    

Church partnerships: 18

Available projects that need support:

·      Stories:

Ending Poverty With Handcrafted Footwear

North Carolina Church Befriends Guatemalan Community

Family Garden Sows Hope in Guatemala

Key Challenges

2.7 million people are affected by food insecurity | 43% of children under 5 suffer from malnutrition | 47% of the population doesn't have consistent access to drinking water
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