Facts About Our Work in Guatemala

In 1986, Food For The Poor began working in Guatemala. The charity later began providing destitute families in the Central American country secure homes with sanitation, clean water and self-sustaining projects as a source of income and nutrition. Food For The Poor works with in-country partners Caritas Arquidiocesana and the Order of Malta. The Order of Malta works in the healthcare field, through Food For The Poor, provides dispensaries, clinics and hospitals throughout the country with medical donations.

  • In 2019, Food For The Poor built 279 homes for a total of 2,764 homes since inception.
  • Food For The Poor and its in-country partners support 300 communities that provide women with immediate help and training to create a better future.
  • In 2019, Food For The Poor shipped 522 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to Guatemala.

More About Our Work

On June 3, 2018, the Volcan de Fuego or "Volcano of Fire" erupted and released a stream of lava and a cloud of hot rocks and ash over nearby Guatemala City, the country’s capital. According to published reports, the eruption of Volcan de Fuego killed nearly 200 people, and 260 have been declared missing. The volcanic eruption was the most severe in 45 years and is one of the most active in Central America. Food For The Poor rushed emergency aid, which included medical supplies, food and clothing. Because of Food For The Poor’s continued support in Guatemala, supplies were available to allow the organization to respond immediately with aid, which were distributed by the Order of Malta and Caritas Arquidiocesana.

There are 69 active projects in Guatemala including seven feeding programs, three recovery centers, 20 community development programs, eight animal husbandry projects, one water, four medical, two agricultural, 10 educational and two children's home projects. There also are two hospice and two scholarship programs.

In 2019:

  • The Help for Humanity Housing Project built 23 homes for impoverished families who were stripped of everything after the eruption of Volcán de Fuego on June 3, 2018.
  • El Tablon Housing Phase III and IV are building 66 homes, which will include adjacent latrines and concrete multipurpose sinks. Forty families in Phases I and II have been given keys to their new homes. The community also has a variety of fruit trees and a community center.
  • El Tablon Family Chicken Farms implemented a chicken farm for 10 families. This project will ensure a source of protein for the families and improve their economic status by allowing them to earn income from selling their surplus eggs. Each chicken farm received the following:
    • Preliminary foundation preparation
    • Water and drainage installation
    • Installation of drinkers, feeders and nests
    • A tower for a water tank
    • A chicken coop
    • Provision for 15 layer hens
    • Provision of chicken feed concentrate, medicine and vaccines
  • In 2019, Food For The Poor shipped 522 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to Guatemala.
  • In 2019, Food For The Poor built 279 homes for a total of 2,764 homes since inception.
  • Food For The Poor donors work through 23 Angels Of Hope children’s homes in Guatemala. Through this program, 1,688 children have a safe home, food and people who give them loving care.
  • Food For The Poor and its in-country partners support 300 communities that provide women with immediate help and training to create a better future.
  • Children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition are receiving nourishing food through an innovative initiative by Food For The Poor, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), and Caritas Arquidiocesana. Since 2011, more than 20 million 3-ounce cans of Spammy™ have been provided to destitute families. Spammy™ is a shelf-stable turkey spread that has been fortified with zinc, iron, B vitamins, and other essential vitamins and minerals.

The population is approximately 17 million residents. The language is Spanish and Catholic is their largest religious denomination. The currency is the quetzal and the GDP per capita is $8,200.