Specific aid projects
for the indigenous population
in Guatemala

Emergency food aid to tackle COVID-19

The concern for the survival of the people in Guatemala is increasing day by day.

In particular, the rural population has been hit exceptionally hard by Corona Virus. The food markets have been closed for weeks and public transport is no longer allowed to operate. For this reason, it is impossible for many families to earn their daily wage. It has gotten to the stage now where the people do not know how to feed their children anymore.

Please help us! We are currently buying and delivering essential food that is needed to feed the vulnerable population of Guatemala.

Project Aid Guatemala e.V
Sparkasse Bochum
Account number 20413399
BLZ 43050001

IBAN DE 734 305 000 100 204 133 99
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Posted by Dorle Wagner on Sunday, September 6, 2020

Our registered association has already achieved a great amount…

Continuing to motivate us, to help the almost forgotten indigenous population, that is living in one of the poorest areas of Guatemala.

We invest 100% of every single donation to the projects in Guatemala.

Project Aid Guatemala e.V.
Im Kleff 165 a
D-58455 Witten

Dorle Wagner
dorle@progua.com
0034 620 969599

IBAN DE 734 305 000 100 204 133 99
BIC WELADED1BOC

Kontakt
Projekthilfe Guatemala e.V.
Im Kleff 165 a
D-58455 Witten

Dorle Wagner
dorle@progua.com
0034 620 969599

Our registered association has already achieved a great amount…

continuing to motivate us, to help the almost forgotten indigenous population, that is living in one of the poorest areas of Guatemala.

We invest 100% of every single donation to the projects in Guatemala.

Contact
Project Aid Guatemala e.V.
Im Kleff 165 a
D-58455 Witten

Dorle Wagner
dorle@progua.com
0034 620 969599

Orphanage

The orphanage is located in the highlands of Guatemala.

The Sisterhood of the Unprivileged, `Madres Desamparados´ in Spanish, take care of the abandoned, by administering an orphanage that provides a nursery, an elementary school and a dining hall.
This institution offers permanent employment, as well as a salary under humanitarian conditions, to 30 people in San Cristobal.

We have been working on site with the nuns, since 2001. They have deep insights into the families and the village structure and are, therefore, always helpful in the selection, implementation and aftercare of our projects.

The Sisterhood of the Unprivileged is a strong pillar, in one of the poorest areas in Central America, offering moral authority in a country scared by civil war.

To this day, anarchy reigns over the indigenous population.

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Where and why do we operate?

Our area of focus is San Cristobal, Alta Verapaz, in the rural highlands of Guatemala, 1393 metres above sea level.

The area covers 192 square kilometres, with about 50,000 inhabitants living in 54 communities.
The Mayas `Poconchies´ represent 83% of the population, the `Ladinos´ represents 15% and the `Qeqchíes´ represent the remaining 2%. 70% of the population live without electricity and commonly lack basic provisions, like, running water, sanitation facilities and roads. About half of the men work for large landowners. They only earn around €2 each day and live with their families in cramped housing.
The children of Guatemala particularly suffer from the supply shortage of basic necessities. 80% of Guatemalans live below the poverty line and two thirds of them live in extreme poverty.

The indigenous population of Guatemala come from Mayan descent. They often have no possessions, such as housing, and live in conditions of extreme poverty. They are still excluded from any political influence, education and health care.

Land ownership in Guatemala is managed unfairly. It has one of the worst systems in the whole of Latin America.

States and big corporations steal, the already limited, natural resources from the country. It results in the eviction of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people and members of other ethnic minorities, so that mining, plantation and dam projects can be carried out.

Furthermore, thousands of indigenous people are exploited each day for their labour. They work without legal regulations, meaning that safety measures are ignored. It means that their wages are also unregulated, allowing corporations to pay the workers at a very low rate, barely allowing them to survive. If the workers try to claim their intitled rights they are quickly dismissed.

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Scholarship

We want to thank all the sponsors for their annual donation of €240,00. This money enables the children to go to school, as well as providing them with the clothing and equipment required to study. On top of which, the children are also provided a warm meal each day. A meal that for many would be impossible to come by, without your help. We also want to thank the teachers of the convent of San Cristobal for teaching their students with such passion.

For many children, this scholarship means so much more than sponsoring a school year. It is a life opportunity for them. This way they can experience friendships and solidarity, instead of child labour. It allows them to `be kids´. They are able to ask questions and learn instead of being conformed into silence. The scholarship allows them to have hope for their future.

School sponsorships are a model of success within the development aid. They are arranged by many international aid organisations and millions of children worldwide receive this important, future-oriented support. There is hope that developing countries can regenerate themselves especially through socialisation, upbringing and education of the younger generation.

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Chicken breeding project

One of our biggest objectives has always been to empower people within the communities, so that they can break free from the cycle of poverty. As a result, people can become independent and succeed without the need for external help. They are no longer reliant on others.

The women of Chamelco, a small community within the highlands of Guatemala, have showed this by successfully breeding chickens since 2013.

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The Carchela in the Highlands

75 families live in Carchela, which is about an hour and a half away from the closest town with infrastructure.

In Carchela, Progua finances fish farming to counteract the one-sided diet of maize and beans. The inhabitants of this village continue to speak the Mayan language of Achi.

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Tierra Nueva of success

The collaboration of the numerous sponsors from Mallorca and Germany, as well as the work of Father Herman from Guatemala, has made this project possible.

Helping people to help themselves, 10 years of work that gives hope.

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Write to us if you are motivated to help, or if you have any questions or ideas. We look forward to hearing from you!

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