Our Friends and Field Partners in Guatemala

Our Commitment to Mothers & Children in Guatemala

By Amber McEldowney

Status Update from the Field

The Fuego volcano near San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala erupted on June 3, 2018. Many of our supporters and partners have reached out asking about the families we serve and partners we work with in Guatemala following the eruption of the Fuego volcano. We share your concern and wanted to provide the latest on the situation as we know it.

We’ve confirmed that several of our field partners are safe, however some of the communities they serve have been impacted. We will remain in contact with our partners and post any further updates here.

If you would like to learn more about our partners’ relief efforts, visit Mayan Families and Hope of Life International.

The longer families go without access to proper nutrition and health services, the greater risk they are at for chronic malnutrition and its devastating consequences. 

Vitamin Angels partners with local organizations that understand each community’s unique situation, providing simple and proven nutritional support, to save lives, improve health, and give vulnerable populations hope to carry them through the challenges ahead.

"From what I’ve experienced, my guess is that it's safe to say that in the developing world, disaster recovery is a 10-year effort."

– Howard Schiffer, President & Founder/CEO 

Our Commitment

Many of the communities we serve around the world are even more vulnerable when disaster strikes because they already lack basic health services, access to healthy foods, reliable infrastructure (everything from roads to electricity), insurance, and more. 

Relief efforts naturally focus on meeting the immediate needs of the affected population, delivering food, water, temporary shelter, and medical help.

However, once the situation has stabilized the complex process of putting the pieces back together can take a long time.

Our Impact 

Vitamin Angels has been working in Guatemala since 2010. During that time, we’ve steadily increased the number of partners and program size year over year, reaching 50,000 moms and children last year alone.

Many of you have joined us to meet the communities we serve in the Lake Atitlan and Zacapa regions of Guatemala during our frequent visits over the past five years.

About Guatemala
About Guatemala

Located: in Central America

Total Population: 16.5 million

Population of children under 5: 2.1 million

The Problem
The Problem

Prenatal anemia rating: Moderate

Vitamin A deficiency rating: Moderate

Parasitic worms: Prevalent

Our Work
Our Work

Program established: 2010

Provided: Prenatal multivitamins, Vitamin A + Deworming

Field Partners: 14

Mothers and Children Reached (2017): 50,000