Provides quality education, healthcare and food for children and vocational training for young men and women
Our Local Partners
We partner with Senderos De Luz to serve the community of La Pinada
Our Impact In 2023
children receive education, games and lunches every week
women and men are enrolled in vocational training programs
Poverty Issues

Guatemala, in Central America, showcases rich Mayan heritage and scenic landscapes. However, communities encounter challenges such as limited access to education and healthcare. With a poverty rate of approximately 59%, concerted efforts are crucial for addressing socio-economic disparities and fostering sustainable development.

How We Help

Impact Guatemala extends its support to the residents of La Pinada and neighboring communities through a collaborative effort with the Senderos de Luz (Path of Light) ministry. The primary activities of Impact Guatemala revolve around the community centers in La Pinada and Las Anonas, serving as hubs for kindergarten classes, leadership training, food security initiatives, and vocational training.

Our organization provides a diverse range of social programs to the La Pinada community, encompassing family planning, hygiene, life skills, career development, cooking, sewing, kindergarten education, and more. These sustainable initiatives, conducted year-round, are hosted at the two Community Centers and are led by local Guatemalans.

In Guatemala, where half of the children suffer from malnutrition, the Impact Guatemala Food Security Project plays a crucial role in supplying nutritious food to 50-70 children and their families. Additionally, the Community Centre serves as a space for various activities for children, including singing, English practice, Bible stories, and sports.

Addressing a critical need within the community, our program leader, Hilmar, has initiated a Food Hamper Program for those facing financial difficulties. As funds permit, monthly food hampers are distributed to families identified as having the most urgent needs during Hilmar's weekly home visits in the community.

Encouraging community members to acquire new skills and venture into entrepreneurship, the Vocational Training Centre offers classes in woodworking, sewing, art, and more. These courses not only impart valuable skills but also create employment opportunities for community members.

Impact Story

Ramiro, a 13-year-old art student with special needs attending Senderos de Luz, has found success in his artistic pursuits, earning money through his paintings. When Ramiro's mother approached the program seeking enrollment, they were welcomed, despite initial reservations. Explaining that Ramiro had epilepsy and experienced sudden seizures, his mother expressed his strong desire to learn.

Concerned about potential challenges, the program leaders consulted with the teacher, discussing emergency protocols. Despite uncertainties, they decided to give Ramiro a chance, with an agreement to call an ambulance if needed. In the initial weeks, Ramiro remained reserved and quiet, but by the third week, he actively participated, engaging in painting, smiling, and opening up.

However, a setback occurred when Ramiro experienced a 15-minute epileptic attack, leaving the teacher unsure of how to handle the situation. The program leaders promptly contacted Ramiro's single mother and grandfather, and despite the challenges, Ramiro continued in the program. Over the course of two years, a remarkable transformation unfolded in Ramiro's life. From a shy and ashamed individual, he evolved into a talkative, playful artist who hasn't had an epileptic attack in over six months.

Ramiro's artistic skills flourished, and some of his creations are displayed at the center. This year, the program plans to honor him with a certificate, allowing him to sell his art. The gratitude expressed by Ramiro, his mother, and grandfather towards the Lord and the ministry is profound. Despite facing rejection from traditional schools due to his illness and limited hand movement, Ramiro now has the opportunity to pursue his passion for art and is embraced within the community. 

Get Involved

Tackling poverty is a team effort. Here’s how you can help:
Support the work happening in Guatemala by making a one-time donation, or becoming a long-term term donor by joining the Pulse.
Join in the work being done to serve Guatemalans in need right now - start an online fundraising campaign or plan a fundraising event.
Get together with friends, classmates or your church group and take an Impact Team trip to serve in Guatemala. The average trip length is 7-10 days and costs range from approximately $2,500-4,000 CAD.