Guatemala is a Mayan civilization that has suffered greatly from a 36-year guerilla war, which ended with a peace treaty in 1996. The end of this period of violence left over 200,000, mostly unarmed, indigenous civilians, dead and created over 1 million refugees. Although the most populous of Central American countries, one half of the population is below poverty; 50% live on less than $2 per day. Infectious disease continues to be a major challenge with 59,000 people living with AIDS and others dying of bacterial diarrhea, Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever, Dengue Fever and Malaria. The most dominant social issues include malnutrition among children, exploitation of women and children (to Mexico and United States) for sexual trafficking and forced labor, money laundering, illicit drugs, corruption, infant mortality and hunger. Bridges of Hope International began working in Guatemala in 2011.
Psychologists and social workers tell us that persons trapped in the cycle of generational poverty need resources in the following areas to escape: (1) Physical health and mobility (2) Education (3) Emotional resources (4) Financial resources (5) Support network of friends and family (6) Spiritual resources (7) Positive role models (8) Job opportunities and employment (9) Positive self-image and sense of hope. Bridges of Hope continues to build partnerships and alliances to bring hope and healing to these nine areas, from a holistic perspective. Join us and be a part of the solution! For more information on Guatemala, click here.
Guatemala Impact Trip 2016
Bridges of Hope International just returned from Guatemala and what an impact that was made on those we served and also an impact on the team. Throughout the week they installed stoves, water filtration systems, solar panels, taught English, took a field trip with the children to an amusement park, distributed backpacks to a school, and so much more. Click on one of the images and browse through the gallery to see what the team did throughout the week. We would love for you to be a part of an Impact Team next year to Guatemala!
Fast Facts On Guatemala…
Currency or Bird?
The Quetzal is the currency of Guatemala and also the national bird; it is a fragile and rare animal. The bird´s tail feather was used as a form of currency back in the Maya Empire.
Even though it is small in size (only 108889 square km), there are more than 29 active volcanoes.
The literacy rate for adults is approximately 76% (less for females than males). Approximately 60% of the population does not know how to read and write, making this one of the most shocking of the Guatemalan interesting facts.
- POPULATION THAT LIVES BELOW THE POVERTY LINE 75%
- SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN THAT ATTEND SCHOOL 41%
- CHILDREN HAVING CHRONIC MALNUTRITION 50%
- GUATEMALAN CITIZENS WITHOUT ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER 42%
NUMBER OF RURAL POOR (2014)
BRIDGE THE HOPE TO GUATEMALA
Bridges of Hope International is continuing to build bridges of hope to the people of Guatemala. Help us build the bridge to the next generation. “True success comes only when every generation continues to develop the next generation” John Maxwell