GN Guatemala

GUATEMALA

1. Guatemala Head Office

Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Central America with more than 67% of the population suffering from poverty, according to the United Nations. Good Neighbors Guatemala established a field office in May 2008 and has been focusing on improving children’s rights and community health and sanitation since then.

In October 2008, Good Neighbors opened the first children’s shelter in the area for 100 children between the ages of 3-6. In 2009, Good Neighbors built two elementary schools and provided school supplies for children. Good Neighbors also established a health clinic, which works closely with a government-affiliated health clinic to solve community members’ health and sanitation problems.

Approximately 4,000 children have benefited from the projects and services, and Good Neighbors aims to expand to serve 7,500 local people by the end of this year.

2. Loma Blanca Community Development Project

The community development project of Loma Blanca was initiated in 2008. Since then, the child protection center established by Good Neighbors has been helping 160 children aged 3-6 years by providing them with school supplies, uniforms, and lunchtime meals.

Good Neighbors also supports 867 students from two public elementary schools by supplying portable water, school supplies and meals, and offering health check-ups, with low-cost medical services to local residents.

3. Patzicia Community Development Project

Good Neighbors Guatemala started various community development projects in the areas of education, health, and income generation for the Patzicia Community in 2009. Since 2011, about 3,500 children in Patzicia have been sponsored through Good Neighbors and provided educational opportunities.

Good Neighbors also operates libraries in 14 public schools, provides school meals for 4,000 students, offers medical check-ups for 200 children, and holds health and sanitation classes for 900 students. Only 38% of local residents have access to portable water, so Good Neighbors has also installed wells and water purifiers, and toilets for better sanitary living conditions.

4. Fragua Community Development Project

La Fragua is located 150km away from Guatemala city and has a population of 4,300. Because of the country’s severe droughts, many residents are having difficulties.

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