World Renew has been working in Guatemala since 1976.


World Renew has been working in Guatemala since 1976.


For Guatemala, the road to independence and transparent democracy has not been without its fair share of problems. After ten years of successful social reforms and democracy, Guatemala fell into turmoil after a U.S.-backed coup in 1954. A civil war started in 1960 and left 36 years of conflict and over 200,000 dead. Peace finally came in 1996 and Guatemala is making political strides to end the violence, corruption, and poverty that has so affected the lives of its people.


Guatemala was in a strict lockdown for over 4 months before beginning to reopen the economy. However, the rate of infection still remains high, threatening to push the health system beyond capacity. Amidst the unrest and fear, World Renew continues our work through virtual means and limited partner visits, starting partnerships with 3 new organizations and maintaining two emergency projects that are assisting nearly 1,000 families in 10 communities with food aid. Our two offices in Quetzaltenango and Guatemala City remain active, with the goal of moving all work to the home office in Guatemala City.

Food Security

Financial Stability


Peace and Justice

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Partners in Guatemala

World Renew works with ACOSPREK to address the needs of rural families living near the Mexico border on one of the most famous and highest chains of mountains in Guatemala, the Cuchumatanes. ACOSPREK works with poor communities to help them improve their agricultural production, prevent childhood diseases, and they are also starting a justice program.

ACOSPREK is well-known and respected by the people and government in the region. Thanks to World Renew support, ACOSPREK has helped people learn to conserve land, prevent erosion, and use appropriate fertilizers to grow and harvest land on the mountainside. They have also halted malnutrition in children, and have helped adults gain an elementary school level of education.

Asociación Programa Integral de Desarrollo Cristiano, literally Association of the Integral Program for Christian Development; the Presbyterian Service Committee of Peten

World Renew works with Peten to address the needs of poor families in several counties in the Peten region. The region of Peten is frequently visited by tourists because it is home to the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Unfortunately, despite this rich history and attraction, many people of Peten live in poverty. This is due, in part, to hot weather that can hinder the growth of food crops.

Through the partner APIDEC, World Renew is working on holistic community development which includes agricultural training, preventive health programs for children, and adult education. By encouraging farmers to plant new crops that can withstand high heat, and by teaching nutrition and hygiene communities in Peten are making great strides for the future.

Asociación de Desarrollo Integral del Polochic, literally the Association for the Integral Development of Polochic Valley; the Presbyterian Service Committee of Kekchi

The region of Kekchi is in the northeastern part of the country. Because it is hard to access, the region has had a long history of being under-developed and abandoned by many government programs. As a result, it has the highest level of illiteracy in the country. Its people also live in poverty. Through this partner, World Renew is helping communities improve their agricultural production, prevent childhood disease, and increase adult education. Adult education programs start with basic literacy, but also include elementary, secondary, and diploma-level possibilities.

Vid y Pampanos is the diaconal ministry of the Reformed Confessional Presbytery in the Quetzaltenango region. World Renew is helping Vid & Pampanos with their agricultural work in four of the poorest rural communities of the region. They also include preventive health and leadership development.

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