Action Against Hunger have been working in Guatemala since 1996

Guatemala

Poverty, unemployment, high levels of violence and climate change are having a devastating impact on vulnerable communities in Guatemala. 

Country Overview

Guatemala, the largest economy in Central America, has one of the highest inequality rates in Latin America. Poverty, malnutrition, and maternal and infant mortality are all high, especially in rural and indigenous areas. 

An estimated 50,000 people cross the southern border of the USA from Central America every year, primarily as a result of unemployment, poverty, violence and the impact of climate change on nutrition. 

36
Number of staff

What we're doing

Our programmes in Guatemala are a mix of emergency response and long term developmental projects. They include: 

  • Preparing communities for potential natural disasters
  • Improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities (particularly in rural areas)
  • Screening and treating children for malnutrition
  • Providing emergency hygeine kits 
  • Implementing cash for work programmes to improve people's income 
  • Building and providing emergency shelters 
  • Monitoring the social and environmental factors that drive migration to the US

 

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Facts

Operating since
1996
Based in
Chiquimula, Zacapa, El Progresso