Who We Support
Regions where our projects come to life
Guatemala Service Projects, Inc. is proud to support four key areas throughout Guatemala. We work with our associates and community contacts to plan and support numerous ongoing projects for educational development, food assistance, medical supplies and health improvement.
The core area for our projects, the Quiché Department is one of the most vulnerable to poverty, limited education and malnutrition. It’s home to the K’iche’ Maya who, along with many smaller Mayan ethnicities in the area, experience severe social exclusion and poor occupational opportunities due to discrimination and geographic isolation.
Here, we have created and supported projects including elementary school libraries, technology laboratory, school equipment, student sponsorships, vitamin programs, sustainable family gardens, and clean water distribution.
The population of Sololá is 96.5% indigenous, with K’iche’, Kaqchikel and Tzʼutujil people. Living around the wondrous Lake Atitlán and its majestic volcanoes, these Maya live mostly below the poverty line, finding only a few opportunities in tourism, farming, fishing and day labor. This area was subject to many atrocities during the country’s civil war, with its effects lasting into the present.
In many communities here, we’ve provided school equipment, high efficiency stoves, family water filters, medical supplies, and emergency equipment for bomberos (firefighter and EMT crews).
Many know this department as the home to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with deep Spanish Colonial history. Despite the tourism and small concentration of wealthy citizens, 41% of its population live in poverty, 46.1% are food-insecure, and 41% are rural and indigenous. Females are 5% as likely as males to be enrolled in secondary education. Young women, especially those with children, are particularly vulnerable.
We support numerous local community efforts including vocational training and education for women, after school programs including English language instruction for children, a computer lab, community garden and meals, and bunk beds for families with small children.
Guatemala City is the capital city and economic hub for the country. Pollution, poor sanitation, crime, gangs, high unemployment, water shortages and political instability create chaos for the impoverished. Hundreds of thousands of families in blighted areas live in sheet metal homes that barely protect them.
We provide assistance to an at-risk youth center through financing a community garden, community library, educational sponsorships, occupational training and machinery and bunk bed donation and distribution.