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.
COVID COUNTRY UPDATES
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.