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Guatemala is located just south of Mexico in Central America. For over thirty-five years, Guatemala was engaged in civil war, ending in 1996. Since the war, Guatemala has experienced economic growth and democratic government rule.

Guatemala has a population of approximately 13.8 million people. While Spanish is the official language of Guatemala, as many as 20 Mayan dialects are spoken throughout the villages. The majority of Guatemalans  practice Christianity.

Guatemala faces many social problems and is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. It is estimated that in the “dry corridor,” located in eastern Guatemala, 54,000 people go hungry on a daily basis. According to UNICEF, nearly half of Guatemalan children suffer from severe malnutrition. The chronic hunger rate for children (49.8 percent) is the highest in the region and the fourth highest in the world. As a result, over 75% of the country’s population falls below the poverty line. Illiteracy, infant mortality, maternal mortality, and starvation are among the highest in this region.

Unicef estimates that there are approximately 370,000 orphans in Guatemala. Because Guatemala closed to international adoptions in 2007, at least 50,000 of these children live in institutional facilities (orphanages).

Approximately 61,000 people – just below 1% of the population of Guatemala – are living with HIV. The stigma associated with a positive HIV diagnosis is significant.

In 2013, Project HOPEFUL, in partnership with Lifesong for Orphans, established the Village of Hope in Guatemala. This entity seeks to provide a home, medical care, education, job training, safety and more to vulnerable women and overlooked children. Our facilities are staffed by Guatemalan couples who help to form a family for people who are without other options for survival.

More information on our direct care programs in Guatemala:

 

Sponsorship of Mothers

  • Country: Guatemala

    Mariajose

    Mariajose loves being a mother and her son means the world to her. She came to Village of Hope looking for safety, looking for a new way of life and looking for HOPE. Nicolas is 6 months old.

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  • Age: 16 | Country: Guatemala

    Jessica

    Jessica is 16 years old and her daughter Rubi is 1 1/2 years old. Rubi loves baby dolls and cookies. Jessica loves to paint nails and dance. She is working on 4th grade this year and hopes to be an attorney when she grows up.

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Child Sponsorship

  • Age: 3 | Country: Guatemala

    Rebeca

    Meet Rebeca! Rebeca is 3 years old and loves purple and dancing like her big sister Elizabeth. Her favorite song is 'Todo Porderoso" a popular Spanish song. Her favorite food is bananas and hot dogs. Rebeca can be shy but once she call you friend it is for life.

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  • Age: 4 | Country: Guatemala

    Elizabeth

    Meet Elizabeth. Elizabeth is 4 years old and full of life. Her big brown eyes will suck you in immediately. Elizabeth loves purple and dancing and singing. She loves cuddles and reading books.

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  • Age: 16 | Country: Guatemala

    Carlos

    Meet Carlos! Carlos turned 16 in May. He loves to help others and loves to play video games. Carlos attends a special school for the deaf where he is learning to communicate with sign language. Carlos loves to eat all kinds of food especially fried chicken and pizza.

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  • Age: 6 | Country: Guatemala

    Mercedes

    Meet Mercedes! Mercedes is 6 years old and is learning to write her name. She loves cookies and loves princesses. Her favorite color is pink of course. Mercedes loves to color and play baby dolls.

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  • Age: 1 | Country: Guatemala

    Rodrigo

    Meet Rodrigo! Rodrigo 1 year old. He loves to play cars and eat cookies. Rodrigo can be shy at first but his big brown eyes will melt your heart and make you his friend in no time.

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  • Age: 12 | Country: Guatemala

    Gustavo

    Meet Gustavo! Gustavo is 12 years old and is a big hugger! He loves to ride bikes and has good memories doing so with his friends. His favorite color is blue and his favorite days are Sundays. The saddest day of his life is when his grandfather died.

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  • Age: 6 | Country: Guatemala

    Maria Andre

    Meet Maria Andre. Maria Andre is 6 years old and is already reading. She wants to learn English and is working hard in school. Her favorite color is pink and she loves to play outside. Her favorite food is spaghetti.

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  • Country: Guatemala

    Andres

    Meet baby Andres. Andres is 7 months old and is learning how to sit up. He loves apples and he likes toys that make noise. Andres enjoys being outside. His birthday is July 21st. He looks good in blue. :)

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  • Country: Guatemala

    Jose David

    Meet Jose David. Jose David is a sweetheart. He loves to play soccer with his two best friends Rony and Erik. Jose Davids favorite food is tortillas. He wants to be a professional soccer player when he grows up.

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  • Age: 11 | Country: Guatemala

    Ana

    Meet Ana! Ana is 11 years old and loves the color yellow. Ana loves playing with Barbie dolls. Ana is in Kindergarten. When Ana grows up she wants to sell vegetables in the market- especially carrots. Ana is full of joy and loves to give hugs. :)

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  • Age: 13 | Country: Guatemala

    Kimberly

    Meet Kimberly. Kimberly is a beautiful girl with two different color eyes. She is 13 years old and her birthday is July 14th. Her favorite color is fusha and she is in the 5th grade. Her favorite subject is math. She also loves to play soccer and cards.

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  • Age: 3 | Country: Guatemala

    Valentina

    Meet Valentina. Valentina is 3 years old and is afraid of the potty chair. She loves to play with her baby dolls and follows her house mom around all day. Valentina loves swinging outside on the playground and loves playing with her older brother Moises.

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  • Age: 4 | Country: Guatemala

    Moises

    Meet Moises. Moises is 4 years old. He loves to play outside with any type of ball. His favorite food is chicken. Moises loves to laugh and play jokes. When he grows up he wants to be a policeman.

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  • Age: 13 | Country: Guatemala

    Mishel

    Meet Mishel. :) Mishel is 13 years old and her baby is due the end of June. Mishel is in 6th grade and loves to play basketball. Mishel's favorite food is pizza.

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  • Age: 16 | Country: Guatemala

    Stefany

    Meet Stefany. Stefany is 16 years old and very much a leader. Stefany loves to listen to music and dance. The best day of Stefanys life was when her son Angel was born. The hardest day of her life was when Angel died of trisomy 13 at age 5 months.

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  • Age: 16 | Country: Guatemala

    Yesenia

    Meet Yesenia. Yesenia will be 16 on Nov. 11th. She is in the 7th grade and school is really important to her. Her favorite subjects are science and math. She loves to play soccer and dance in the church. Her favorite food is chicken. :)

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  • Age: 13 | Country: Guatemala

    Daniela

    Meet Daniela. Daniela is 13 years old and in the 7th grade. She enjoys playing basketball and eating pizza. She enjoys studying technology in school. Daniela's favorite color is fusha.

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  • Age: 4 | Country: Guatemala

    Alberto

    Meet Alberto. Alberto is 4 year old and the son of Griselda (one of our Hope+ moms). When Alberto grows up he wants to be a fireman. Alberto's favorite color is green and he likes to play with cars.

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  • Age: 6 | Country: Guatemala

    Vilma

    Meet Vilma. Vilma is 6 years old and the daughter of Griselda (one of the Hope+ moms).

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