What we're doing
Action Against Hunger has been present in Guatemala since 1996, during which we’ve helped communities recover from the effects of several natural disasters and storms, while working with at-risk communities to address endemic economic instability and poverty.
We also work in collaboration with national and local authorities to address the impact of annual food shortages, drought and flooding, by building local capacity to cope with disasters and improving early warning systems. Furthermore, we respond to acute emergencies by supplying emergency food and vitamin supplements, supplying tools to assist the local clean-up efforts, repairing damaged wells and restoring safe water sources where flood damage contaminates supplies.
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