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You are making a difference in Guatemala!

A glimpse of what your sponsored child’s life is like in Guatemala:


  • Many rural homes consist of sun-dried adobe bricks, roofed with aluminum or ceramic tiles. Some homes of the poorest people consist of just one large room. Most homes have electricity, but many do not have running water in the home or close to the yard.
  • Corn tortillas, black beans, rice, and wheat are staples for meals eaten by most Guatemalans. People may also eat chicken, pork, or beef. The largest meal is usually eaten at noon.
  • The nuclear family of parents and children is the most common family unit, but young married couples often live in a parents’ home.


  • Formal education usually begins at age 7.
  • Children from wealthier Guatemalan homes may attend private preschools beginning as young as 18 months.
  • Education is highly valued – children usually attend school as long as their parents are financially able to afford tuition and school supplies.


  • Finely woven textiles are a big part of Guatemalan culture, and museums and universities are dedicated to preserving, studying, and displaying textiles from all over the country.
  • Pottery is also a key cultural endeavor, and the community of origin is often readily identified through colors, medium, and style.
  • The marimba, a wooden xylophone struck with mallets, is one of the most prevalent instruments in Guatemalan music, often featured as background music in restaurant dining rooms.


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 biologically significant and unique ecosystems contribute to Central America’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: 17,247,807
  • Language: Spanish (70%) and Amerindian


FH started working in Guatemala in 1976 in response to an earthquake, providing 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.


  • You are improving child nutrition and infant health by training mothers to grow vegetable gardens while reducing chronic malnutrition through peer education and cascade groups.
  • You are supporting savings groups and working with women to help them increase their savings.
  • You are providing increased educational opportunities for students at the secondary level so they can learn a trade and improve their future ability to support their families.

You are about to embark on a new FH Donor Experience

If you need assistance, please contact us at donorhelp@fh.org or 866-307-3259.

Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.