What Tourists in Guatemala Don’t See

On the outskirts of the vibrant town of Antigua, poor families struggle to survive

Historic Antigua is the former capital of Guatemala, and it is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Situated in the Central Highlands region, the town is surrounded by three volcanoes. It is known for its many renovated – and some beautifully deteriorating – colonial relics and civic and community structures, such as museums and libraries. Antigua is a quaint scenic town that attracts tourists from all over the world, welcoming them to enjoy […]

Overcoming the Limitations of Poverty

A former sponsored child is now a teacher at the Tecpan School in Guatemala

In the city of Tecpan, located some sixty miles west of Guatemala City, the majority of the roughly 50,000 inhabitants claims direct descent from the Mayas. Despite their rich cultural heritage, however, indigenous people often find themselves marginalized, left to endure the brunt of poverty and its associated effects, which are common in Guatemala. On a recent visit to Guatemala with Ron Carter, our President and Chief Executive Officer, and Luis Bourdet, our Director of […]

Returning to Guatemala

Four years after his first trip there, our President and CEO, Ron Carter, revisits the Juan Apostol School

Guatemala is a country that is known for its beautiful lakes, volcanoes, Mayan ruins, and brightly-painted buses; unfortunately, however, its residents struggle with widespread poverty, illiteracy, crime, and high rates of unemployment and underemployment. Even though the country boasts the largest economy in Central America, Guatemala faces many social problems, and it is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. The income distribution is highly unequal, with more than half of its population living […]

Saying Thanks to Sponsors

Children in Tecpan, Guatemala and their mothers create handmade gifts to send to sponsors

Located just southeast of Mexico, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. Its spectacular mountains boast a wealth of natural resources and stunning biodiversity. For centuries, this land served as the core territory of the renowned Mayan civilization. Following two centuries of Spanish colonization, Guatemala gained its independence in the early nineteenth century, only to endure another 150 years of political instability and civil unrest. Additionally, this area is prone to devastating natural […]

A Passionate Humanitarian

Our founder, Mrs. Jeanne Clarke Wood, was intensely dedicated to her work

In 1964, Mrs. Jeanne Clarke Wood, our founder, visited Guatemala and discovered that in many poor communities, children had to work to help their impoverished families. “We found the need in Guatemala was even greater than we had thought,” Mrs. Wood wrote to a friend. “Children – even very small ones – roam the streets selling bits of candy or shoestrings, pencils or even lottery tickets, in a pitiful struggle to earn a living.” Upon […]

Many Reasons to Be Thankful

Our CEO, Ron Carter, reflects on what he is grateful for this Thanksgiving

Growing up in a fairly average middle-class American family, I never went without food or decent clothing, and I always received birthday and Christmas gifts. My parents weren’t particularly wealthy, yet they were able to pay the bills; we had a solid roof over our heads and sturdy shelter to protect us from the elements. I, like so many raised this way, took it for granted that everyone was provided for – that all children […]