With the largest population in Central America, approximately 50% of all children under 5 are chronically malnourished. Currently this is the worst level of malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere. Although there have been improvements in Guatemala in health care and education, After the most violent conflict of all of Central America lasting 36 years and ending in 1996, Guatemala has started to improve such as more access to health care and closure in the primary education gender gap. However, other issues such as human and drug trafficking as well as violence are prevalent throughout Guatemala. The western highlands of Guatemala are particularly difficult and have even higher malnutrition and poverty rates.
This blog post describes the state of Guatemala and the work of Missionhurst’s missionaries in the region. The indigenous populations struggle most, and have little support from the government. The 36 year war that ended only 20 years ago is the source of many issues. The missionaries focus on living in complete communion with the poor in Guatemala, and bring the peace and hope of Christ with them as they minister to the rural communities. The missionaries have bonded especially with the women and children, and the majority of support within Guatemala comes from women.