Guatemala

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

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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The situation in Central America has remained vulnerable to socioeconomic, environmental, and climate shocks, resulting in greater political insecurity and instability. Hundreds of thousands of people from the so-called Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) have migrated in recent years.

Action Against Hunger's food assistance program reached 18,188 people in Guatemala’s Dry Corridor in 2019. Our teams helped prevent hunger, identify, diagnose, and refer cases of malnutrition, reaching 4,903 children under five at risk. We built capacity of health personnel and strengthened the resilience of families vulnerable to recurring food crises.

In Sololá, our water and sanitation projects aim to strengthen local capacity to manage community and municipal water and sanitation systems and make them more effective and sustainable.

Working on migration and development is becoming increasingly important in the region, given the increase in migration flows from Central America. In 2019, we conducted studies and pilot initiatives to explore the links between migration and development.

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