ACEBG’s program supports disadvantaged children in rural Guatemala by reinforcing their education and developing students intellectually, spiritually, and physically. Support this project through financial contributions and prayer.
In Guatemala, malnutrition impacts 66% of children in the lowest income bracket Before COVID-19, 85% of the population was estimated to be poor, or vulnerable to poverty. For many families in Chiquimula, financial pressure and other challenges lead to children entering the agricultural labour force, the main source of income for locals, at a young age. Families of disadvantaged children often consist of a single mother providing for her children, and parents that have not received primary education themselves. As a result of poverty and difficulties in school, dropout rates for elementary school are high. To encourage families to keep children in school and to succeed, ACEBG, in partnership with CBM, extends tutoring and educational materials to children from impoverished families. The program is concerned with holistic development; participants are fed lunches and are given spiritual guidance that instils purpose, offers hope and prevents destructive behaviours.
The family also received support in construction materials such as plaster and cement for the renovation of their home, thus avoiding the proliferation of the vinchuca in their home due to Chagas disease. Through the project, a small garden was also provided to improve the family’s diet, which Damiana uses to supplement her goat raising.