Although Guatemala has the largest economy in Central America, social and economic inequality is high—53% of the population lives in poverty, and 13% in extreme poverty. The indigenous population is especially affected, resulting in limited access to health, education and economic opportunities. Overall chronic malnutrition for children under the age of 5 is 49.8%—and 69.5% in indigenous areas. Education numbers are also bleak. Average years of schooling are 2.83 years for adults living in extreme poverty in urban areas, and 1.59 years for those living in rural areas.
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|Population:||14,373,472 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||42,042 sq mi, about the size of Tennessee|
Catholic Relief Services has worked in Guatemala since 1963. Initially, our work focused on humanitarian assistance to ease poverty and bring about a better standard of living for the needy. Over the years, our scope has expanded to include implementing programs focused on food security, nutrition and health, sustainable agriculture, education, civil society, disaster risk reduction and emergency response.
CRS Guatemala is also in charge of CRS Mexico, as an outreach office (see separate program overview).
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Asociación Proyecto Conrado de la Cruz (APCC)
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