Guatemala is a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural society with 22 different Mayan linguistic groups, the Iadino, the Xinca and the Garifuna.
Although Guatemala has the largest economy in Central America, social and economic inequality is high. The indigenous population is especially affected, resulting in limited access to health care, education and economic opportunities. For instance, 49.8 percent of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition, and 80 percent of these children are indigenous. 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:||14,099,032 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||42,042 sq mi, about the size of Tennessee|
|People Served:||578,093 (2012 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services has worked in Guatemala since 1963, implementing projects which increase the capacity of rural communities to boost incomes, diversify production, improve their health and promote basic rights.
Led by the vision of "Empowered communities and vulnerable groups having sustainable Integral Human Development," CRS implements our programs through the institutions of the Catholic Church and local partner organizations in the following technical areas: agriculture and the environment, education, emergency response and management, health including HIV, water and sanitation, and civil society (migration and labor rights).
PartnersAsociación Proyecto Conrado de la Cruz (APCC)
Casa del Migrante
Pastoral Social/Caritas San Marcos