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NGO in Guatemala breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education

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Economic access to food is a problem for the majority of Guatemalans. The country has the highest chronic malnutrition rate in Latin America, and the fourth highest in the world. Also, there are around a million families living without access to clean drinking water. 


In a country where more than half of the population lives in poverty, malnutrition doesn't come as a surprise. Children need to get enough nutrients to develop both phisically and mentally, and also be able to focus at school, that's why we've had a Nutrition Programme since the beginning of the School of Hope.

 

Food Programme

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925,670 meals
have been served to students

Many of our students receive very little food at home, so school meals are vital for their wellbeing and ability to focus during class. Our Food programme provides two meals a day, which give the children all the energy they need to be able to learn and play. Every day, children receive a snack at 10am, usually a hot beverage and a sandwich or sweet bread. At 1pm they get ready for lunch, a nutritious meal that provides vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates in the form of a main course of meat with a side of vegetables, as well as a natural juice.

Our goal is not only to avoid malnutrition but also to improve students' eating habits by making them more used to fruits and vegetables.

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Clean Water Programme

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500 water filters
have been given to students' families

Access to safe water is one of the most important basic necessities, but 90% of the rivers and water sources in Guatemala are contaminated and only 67% of the homes have water available by pipes. The prevalence of infectious diseases is very high. Many of our students were coming to school with stomach problems and were frequently ill, so we partnered with Ecofiltro, a social business that offers water filters to NGOs at a lower cost.

Water filters in the classroom: having water filters in every classroom not only ensures children are drinking safe water during the day, but also that they learn about the importance of drinking clean water and that they can even filter it themselves.
Water filters in families' homes: we started providing water filters to families in 2008, so that the children and their families could have access to clean water all day, no matter what their water source is.

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Healthcare Program

 

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