Our donors’ support helps the Sisters of Mary to run Children’s Villages for Boys (Zona 6) and for Girls (Zona 13) in Guatemala to provide live-in middle and high school education to boys and girls living in the most extreme poverty, whose ages range from 12 to 18. Clinica Medica Maria, the medical clinic, provides free medical treatment, medicine and food to patients who can not afford to pay for medical care. The day care centre in Nimajuyu provides toddlers ranging from 1 to 3 years of age with a safe place to play and learn while their parents are at work.
Guatemala has one of the highest poverty rates in Latin America. Chronic malnutrition leading to stunted growth is common in children throughout the region and lack of access to education negatively affects the ability of families to find productive employment to rise out of this poverty.