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IN GUATEMALA?

Guatemala is home to over 17 million people with a vibrant mix of Spanish and Mayan cultures and boasts a beautiful and unique ecosystem. But much of the country is mired in poverty, systemic family violence, and child trafficking. One-fourth of the country’s population live in extreme poverty, resulting in one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world for children under five.

Physical and sexual abuse is rampant, and few perpetrators are brought to justice. Many children, mostly young girls, are at risk for dangerous child labor and forced prostitution. And hundreds of thousands of schoolaged children are not in school at all. The needs here are staggering.

Even in situations that seem hopeless, Kids Alive is committed to rescuing victims of heart-breaking abuse and showing them their inherent worth and potential. The wounded girls we serve need safety, stability, and intensive counseling as they heal from trauma.

Our ministries are witnessing life-changing results. A local church partners with us in bringing tangible support to children in the remote Zapote area of Guatemala, offering food, education, and family services. And we recently received government approval and assistance to begin our new Families Together program, the first of its kind in Guatemala.

Kids Alive Guatemala Sites

Oasis and La Arquilla

Oasis is a community of family-style homes for Guatemalan girls who are victims of sexual abuse. After being rescued by local authorities, the girls are sent to Oasis under court-ordered protection.

Oasis and La Arquilla

Oasis is a community of family-style homes for Guatemalan girls who are victims of sexual abuse. After being rescued by local authorities, the girls are sent to Oasis under court-ordered protection.

Casa Ester

Casa Ester, Kids Alive’s ministry to young women whose lives were shattered by exploitation, was born from a need to provide safe transitional housing for girls who grew up at Oasis.

Casa Ester

Casa Ester, Kids Alive’s ministry to young women whose lives were shattered by exploitation, was born from a need to provide safe transitional housing for girls who grew up at Oasis.

Source of Hope

Source of Hope School serves a desperately poor population living at the base of the often erupting Fuego Volcano. Dangers  are posed by their location, child abuse, neglect, and forced labor.

Source of Hope

Source of Hope School serves a desperately poor population living at the base of the often erupting Fuego Volcano. Dangers  are posed by their location, child abuse, neglect, and forced labor.

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