La Union Zacapa Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


50 families completed trainings on starting small businesses such as bakery shops and vegetable market stalls in order to generate more family income and cover their children's education and health costs. 100 parents of vulnerable children under age 5 attended our trainings on improving livestock production in order to increase family food security and sell their animal products. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, we implemented a monitoring process that utilizes immunization cards to record vaccinations against infection and disease for children under age 5. To ensure that children under age 5 were well nourished, we partnered with the Ministry of Health to identify at-risk children and provide them with vitamin and food supplements, growth monitoring, and education for their parents about childhood nutrition. 67 teachers in 12 schools implemented our reading comprehension strategy that inspired children between 7 and 13 to improve their reading habits and skills. Six communities implemented our disaster preparedness plans to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. We also educated schools on early alert systems and security plans that help protect children during emergencies. Parents and community leaders took part in a series of meetings that equipped them with knowledge about child rights and information about how to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.

Cross-cutting issues



  • Guatemala>Zacapa


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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