Population: 14.4 million;
Capital: Guatemala City;
Languages: Spanish and more than 20 indigenous languages;
Rural population without sanitation: 37.9%;
Deliveries without proper guidance: 48%;
Number of children in work: more than 929 852
Plan started working in Guatemala in 1978. 38,720 children in 640 communities are now affiliated to Plan. They and their families – in total some 500,000 people – are benefiting from a sustainable approach to community development.
Plan has 6 programme units in 4 departaments: Alta and Baja Verapaz, Jalapa and Izabal, and works with groups ranging from people of Mayan origin, to sections of the mestizo population.
Plan’s programmes, based on the Child Rights Convention, take an integral approach to the needs of children while acknowledging their changing requirements as they grown up.