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.

Current Work

     Current communities: 171  |   Children sponsored: 12,217   

Church partnerships: 23


Ending Poverty With Handcrafted Footwear

North Carolina Church Befriends Guatemalan Community

Family Garden Sows Hope in Guatemala

Key Challenges

2.7 million people are affected by food insecurity | 50% of children under 5 are stunted | 36.1% of the population does not have access to safe sanitation
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