Guatemala

CARE’s work in Guatemala

CARE began working in Guatemala in 1959, supporting community groups to improve rural health care and education. We responded to a devastating earthquake in 1976 and since then we have continued to work with communities to address the underlying causes of their vulnerability, including chronic poverty, lack of infrastructure, and persistent gender inequalities.

Women and girls are at the centre of our drive to combat poverty and injustice. We work to increase girls’ attendance at school while helping women to access micro-credit to set up and sustain small businesses.

Supporting local development

Over the years, we have developed an extensive working relationship with public and private sector agencies. We support local organisations to gain legal status so they can participate in and lead democratic and development processes in their communities. We also help the many people who lost their identity documents in the civil war to become registered and regain their documents. We raise awareness of laws and frameworks that influence democracy and the development processes, thus enabling communities to participate in them fully.

CARE's impact

We work in 79 developing countries, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 70 years.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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