Plan started working in Guatemala in 1978. 38,720 children in 640communities 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.
Mothers learn to protect against malnutrition
Doña Olga, 31, left school in the fifth grade. Today she runs a community childcare centre in her hillside home in Alta Verapaz for 22 mothers and their children aged up to 6, every Saturday morning.