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Capital: Guatemala City

Language: Spanish

Population: 16 million

Plan International has worked in Guatemala since 1978, helping children access their rights to health, education, protection and participation.

We currently work with 497 communities, improving the quality of life of 340,000 families.

Through our programs we aim to bring about profound social change and to help create a society that is more unified and respectful of the dignity of human beings.

Five girls stand together with song lyrics in their hands
A group of youth jumping with their hands up
A girl works at a radio station

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Child participation
Child participation
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important in Guatemala

  • Nearly 50% of children under 5 suffer from stunted growth caused by malnutrition
  • Only 62% of girls and 68% of boys are enrolled in secondary school
  • Many girls are married by 18 and 54% of indigenous girls give birth before age 20

How your support is helping Guatemala:

  • Improving the health and nutrition of thousands of young children and new mothers before and after childbirth.
  • Ensuring children attend schools that promote good hygiene practices, child participation and the protection of girls and boys against violence.
  • Working in communities to ensure children with disabilities have appropriate access to school and community life.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 54% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 31 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 72 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in Spanish

Hello Hola!
How are you? Cómo estás?
Thank you Gracias
Goodbye Adios
Happy Birthday Feliz Cumpleaños

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