Guatemala

Photo: Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger, Guatemala
Population
16.3 million
Human Development Index
125 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
36 employees
Program Start
1998

People Helped in 2018: 

Action Against Hunger has been present in Guatemala since 1998, during which we’ve helped communities recover from the effects of several natural disasters and storms, while working with at-risk communities to address endemic economic instability and poverty. Public safety, migration, drug trafficking, education and poor access to clean water and basic sanitation are some of the challenges facing Guatemalans, and more than half of its population lives below the national poverty threshold, being highly vulnerable to seasonal hunger and food shortages.

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An estimated 50,000 people cross the southern border of the USA from Central America on an irregular basis every year, primarily as a result of unemployment, poverty, violence and the impact of climate change on nutrition.

Our work in Guatemala focuses on the battle against malnutrition and on disaster risk management, as well as the monitoring the social and environmental factors that drive migration to the United States.

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