Guatemala

Guatemala

WebsiteA wireframe globe https://www.habitatguate.org/eng
PhoneA smartphone +502 7931-3131

HABITAT FACTS:

  • Habitat began working in Guatemala in 1979.
  • Individuals served in FY2021 –   33,665
    • Through new construction–            6,885
    • Through rehabs–    1,710
    • Through incremental building --     2,255
    • Through repairs –   22,750
    • Through professional services--   65
  • Volunteers hosted in FY2020 –   16,827

 

COUNTRY FACTS:

Capital city -- Guatemala City
Population 17.36 million

Life expectancy74.3 years
Unemployment rate4.65%
Below poverty line -- 60%

The housing need in Guatemala

According to the National Policy for Housing and Human Settlements, the housing deficit in Guatemala exceeds 1.96 million homes, considering the significant number of families who rent or live in poor conditions including overcrowding.

In addition, there is a great need in rural areas for basic services such as safe drinking water, toilets, electricity, and smokeless stoves.

How Habitat addresses the need

Volunteer engagement

  • Local: Volunteers from local committees promote community development and represent Habitat in their communities.
  • National: People who have the desire to support families in the construction process form volunteer brigades. These groups can consist of unaffiliated individuals, educational institutions, businesses, organizations, embassies, individuals, and others.
  • International: These are groups of between 12 and 16 international volunteers who donate their time and energy, typically for five days, eight hours a day. Without their support, low-income families would have to bear the cost of labor.

Financing for housing

Partnering with microfinance institutions, Habitat Guatemala provides more accessible financing services with fewer requirements for families compared to the traditional loans available in the national financial system. Families can afford to repay more easily in installments.

Safe homes

Habitat Guatemala partners with families to build, improve or repair their homes, meeting national and Habitat quality standards. Monitoring of the construction process by trained personnel is also offered. Quality materials and structural systems that comply with the rules of the Guatemalan Association of Structural Engineer and Institute of Cement and Concrete of Guatemala are used.

Improving living conditions

Through a program launched in 2010, Habitat Guatemala provides partial subsidies to communities and families in extreme poverty to access products that improve the quality of life, such as smokeless stoves, ventilated pit latrines, water filters, and sumps.

What you can do

DONATE

Donate at https://www.habitatguate.org/payment

VOLUNTEER

The Global Village program was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please go to habitat.org/gv for updates, including when and where the program will resume.

TITHE

Habitat affiliates in the U.S. can establish a tithe partnership to help build houses. Write  GUATEMALA on checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 322 West Lamar St., Americus, GA 31709

CONTACT

Habitat for Humanity Guatemala, Las Américas Avenue, 9-50, zona 3, Supercom Delco Building, third floor, office 3, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, post office box: 373. Telephone: +502 79313131, [email protected], www.habitatguate.org

 

Stories and news

Making a difference in Guatemala

Habitat volunteer Jeanne Costello shares highlights from her Global Village trip to Guatemala, working alongside coffee growers to build stoves and latrines for their homes.

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