Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. Guatemala’s abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to Mesoamerica’s designation as a biodiversity hotspot. The country is also known for its rich and distinct culture, which is characterized by a fusion of Spanish and Indigenous influences.
- Capital: Guatemala City
- Population: 16.91 million
- Language: Spanish and Amerindian
- The first chocolate bar was invented in Guatemala during Mayan times
Our History in Guatemala
FH started operating in Guatemala in 1976 in response to an earthquake that killed more than 23,000 people through the provision of clothing, food and plastic sheeting for temporary shelters. After officially establishing the office in 1981 to focus on child development, FH concentrated on meeting the needs of orphans and widows who had been affected by Guatemala’s civil war. Today the work in Guatemala has expanded and deepened to focus on long-term community development. Currently FH Guatemala operates currently operates in 112 communities in the regions of Alta Verapaz, Quiche and Huehuetenango and serves 88,384 individuals.
Stories From Guatemala
In the rural countryside of Guatemala, two unique families once struggled through poverty. Thankfully, the children are now growing and their parents are hopeful for their families’ futures. Let’s take a look at how this transformation was made possible in two Guatemalan communities through support of donors like you. In
Giving Through FH Matching Program Answer Prayers No matter how complicated our needs, God provides – sometimes dramatically, and often working through the compassion of others. Olivia lives in Guatemala and was pregnant with her fifth daughter when her husband abandoned the family. He’d been physically abusive during their marriage