Children’s HopeChest works on four continents in eight countries around the world. Over 25,500 children served every week. Learn more about the countries where we work, the CarePoints we partner with, and the children we serve.
Guatemala has long been the hub of Mayan civilization with half its population being direct descendants of the Maya. It remains the recognized cultural hub of Central America with Spanish as its official language and 21 Mayan dialects. More than half the population live below the national poverty line, with 13% living in extreme poverty. Nearly half of Guatemala’s children under age five are chronically malnourished – one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world.
From 1960 to 1996, there was a terrible civil war in Guatemala. During this long period of devastation, many children were orphaned and abandoned. This trend devolved over the ensuing years until UNICEF now estimates there to be over 370,000 orphaned children. More recently, the causes have been due to high rates of substance abuse, neglect, abandonment, and teenage pregnancies.
Being officially registered with the Guatemalan government since 2008 and having our own national staff, HopeChest Guatemala’s mission is to link international sponsors with vetted local CarePoint partners. These partners include orphanages as well as larger Drop-in centers that work in conjunction with schools. Dedicated CarePoint staff work with children to provide the opportunity to thrive and succeed in life. They offer physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual support and their exceptional care and discipleship inspires in these children a sense of dignity for sustainable life transformation.
Opportunities for Children’s HopeChest to make a significant impact in the lives of these children are expanding rapidly. With your help and support, children in Guatemala will experience God’s love, provision, and hope for their lives.
- Number of orphaned children – 370,000
- Population – 14.6 million
- People of all ages living with HIV – 57,800
- Population below international poverty line ($1.25 per day) – 53.7%
- Child labor rate – 21%