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.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the country, with April 2021 bringing the highest daily infection levels to date. While vaccine distribution has begun, less than 1% of the current population are fully vaccinated as of April 2021.
In addition, the people of Guatemala continue to recover from Hurricanes Eta and Iota. Many of those affected by the flooding are subsistence farmers whose crops, their only source of income, were washed away — making the need for food paramount. Clean drinking water also continues to be difficult to find. Pray for health, clean water, and enough food for the people of Guatemala.
The people of Guatemala are more vulnerable than ever. They need our support and our prayers to weather the immediate hardships and the difficult rebuilding process ahead. Your gifts to Guatemala go straight towards allowing World Renew to continue and, hopefully, scale up our programming in response. We can’t meet these needs without you.