Guatemala struggles with high rates of malnutrition among children. It is most prevalent in rural areas, where the majority of the population is indigenous families. 

Chalice children nutrition - Guatemala lunch program at Luis Amigo siteCorn tortillas take the place of a balanced diet. In this area, families are also impacted by droughts, floods, and soil degradation. Parents lack education which continues the cycle of poverty and malnutrition. There are few governmental resources and a shortage of clean water.These factors make children highly vulnerable to hunger and disease.

Chalice partners with the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters to run the sponsor site. In 2013, we built the Andrés Girón dining hall to house their soup kitchen. The hall receives its name from a beloved local priest who served the poor.

Today, the Sisters and volunteers serve a meal to 60 children and adolescents every weekday throughout the school year. These meals are well balanced and ensure the children have the nutrients they need to grow and the energy they need to excel in their classes. The children attend medical and dental treatments.With this added support, their health and academic performance has improved.

“When some adolescents entered the diner, they were underweight and anemic,” writes the site staff. “Today they are happy and joyful. They have recovered satisfactorily and achieved normal weight.”

The site staff worried that the dining hall closure during the COVID-19 lockdown would hinder the children’s progress in regaining their weight and health. They arranged for each family to pick up a stocked hamper of essentials, holding vegetables, pasta, sugar, rice, beans, eggs, milk, meats and basic grains.

The Sisters need $18,000 to continue their lunch program for this year. These funds will help the Sisters in their mission to see healthy, well-fed children shining in their classes and confident mothers breaking the cycle of poverty.

Funding Request: $18,000

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Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other nutrition programs that need funding.

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