Containers…large, roomy and available

When Love Guatemala purchased a lot and had the containers

delivered, we did not know how convenient this would be.

One of the containers holds the soup and other community

supplies.  The second container holds all of our construction

material…

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Poverty in Guatemala is one of the leading causes of chronic malnutrition. While over half of the country lives in poverty, the rates are even more dramatic for the indigenous population and children. Approximately 75 per cent of indigenous people are considered poor, compared to 36 per cent of non-indigenous people. Among children, 59.2 per cent of those under age 18 live in poverty and 19 per cent live in extreme poverty. Chronic malnutrition is a serious ongoing concern for children in Guatemala. It affects 49 per cent of the population under age 5.4 The gaps between urban and rural areas are considerable; while in rural areas the chronic malnutrition level is 52 per cent, in urban areas it is 29 per cent. Only 50 per cent of children 0–5 months old are exclusively breastfed.5 Chronic malnutrition is aggravated in times of floods, drought and other natural disasters, as crops are lost and family income decreases. Access to basic social services such as health, safe water and sanitation is disrupted and school attendance is limited in emergencies. Not surprisingly, Guatemala continues to be one of the countries in the region with the highest mortality rate during the drought season.   UNICEF

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~ by LUVSENT on November 15, 2015.

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