Guatemala Children

About Guatemala

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.

Facts About

More than 14 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 10

32 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $9 a day

Our Work

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, child sponsorship, 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...

protected 1,008
from harm

helped 1,926 families
feed their children

gave 42,201 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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