Facts About Our Work in Guatemala

In 1996, 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 the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor built 204 homes for a total of 2,689 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 the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor has shipped 266 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 35 active projects in Guatemala including seven feeding programs, three recovery centers, nine community development programs, three animal husbandry projects, one water, eight medical, two agricultural, three educational and three orphanage projects. There also are two hospice and two scholarship programs.

In the first six months of 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 II project is building 30 homes, which will include adjacent latrines and concrete multipurpose sinks. The first 10 families have been given keys to their new homes.
  • 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 the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor has shipped 266 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to Guatemala.
  • In the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor built 204 homes for a total of 2,689 homes since inception.
  • Food For The Poor donors work through 23 Angels Of Hope children’s homes in Guatemala. Through this program, 1,670 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, almost 22 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.