Plan started working in Guatemala in 1978. More than 36,000 children in 600 communities are affiliated to Plan in 4 departments of the country. These communities are benefiting from a sustainable approach to community development.
Plan Guatemala apply five cross-cutting principles in its programmatic work: best interest of the child, participation, nondiscrimination, gender equality and respect for cultural diversity. A key aspect of Plan’s work will be to combat exclusion and discrimination and to reduce the inequities faced by vulnerable groups, particularly girls and indigenous children, from rural poor areas.
Plan has 6 program units in 4 departments: 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 programs, based on the Child Rights Convention, take an integral approach to the needs of children while acknowledging their changing requirements as they grown up.
Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)
Skills for Life
Citizenship for Development
Protecting Children from Disasters