Guatemala has highest rate of chronic malnutrition in children under five in all of Latin America. These rates are alarming considering that chronic malnutrition is highest among indigenous populations, as is linked to stunted physical and mental development, contributes to poor educational outcomes, and limits income generation potential due to illness and decreased intellectual capacity. Adolescent females marry as young as 12 years of age and have an average of seven children. All of these factors serve to reinforce the vicious cycle of poverty unless investments are made in children at a very early age. Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring children thrive in food secure and economically viable households.
More than 16.3 Million
people live there
Girls only stay in school an average of 10 years
31 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
A parent earns an average
of just $9 a day
Save the Children opened its offices in Guatemala in 1999, three years after the Peace Accords were signed, ending 36 years of a brutal civil war. Since that time, Save the Children has been helping poor populations to overcome the impact of that civil conflict through integrated programming in education, health, nutrition, asset growth and protection, livelihoods, disaster preparedness, natural resource management and democracy and governance.
Save the Children works alongside community and national stakeholders to increase access to quality early child development and bilingual, multicultural education across almost 80 communities in the Departments of Quiche, Huehuetenango and Sololá. Save the Children promotes early childhood development training for parents and activities for teachers, targeted school health and nutrition strategies for creating healthier learning environments, youth financial literacy, and the promotion of learner-centered teaching methodologies that ease children's transitions to formal education while celebrating their cultural heritage and individual learning styles.
Our Work in
Last Year, Save the Children...
children from harm
children in times of crisis
provided 56,628 children
with a healthy start in life
helped 43,888 families
feed their children
gave 10,917 children
Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report.
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Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015