Help Save Children in Guatemala

Still recovering from a decades-long civil war that ended in 1999, Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in children in all of Latin America. Nearly half of the children under the age of 5 have stunted growth due to severe malnutrition. These rates are alarming considering that malnutrition is linked to stunted physical and mental development, and can contribute to poor educational outcomes. With the help of caring people like you, we can give Guatemalan children a brighter future.


Innocent children have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, gangs and crushing poverty in Latin America. After a dangerous journey, thousands of children seeking asylum have been heartbreakingly separated from their mothers and fathers when they reach the U.S. border.

How Save the Children Is Helping

Our teams in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are providing education, protection and peace-building programs. What’s more, we’re empowering vulnerable families and communities to build resilience, improve food security and so much more to ensure that no child goes hungry.

Here in the U.S., we’re working to help protect children, uphold their rights and meet their critical immediate needs in collaboration with trusted agencies. Together, we can keep children safe and well-cared for until they can be reunited with loved ones.

The Challenge for Children in Guatemala

Suffering from hunger and a lack of formal education, Guatemalan children need your help.*

  • 76% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 25% of school-age children are out of school
  • 29 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 26% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 59% of people live in poverty
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Our Work for Children in Guatemala

Since 2002, Save the Children’s staff has been helping vulnerable families and communities rebuild by helping to establish and grow stronger education, health, nutrition, asset growth and protection, livelihoods, disaster preparedness, natural resource management and democracy and governance systems.

Save the Children’s teams work 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. Our supporters help provide 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 that eases children's transitions to formal education while celebrating their cultural heritage and individual learning styles.

  • Protected 11,436 children from harm
  • Supported 4,308 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 209,194 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 47,356 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 2,820 children vital nourishment

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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