What We Do
Esperanza de Guatemala is a partnership with the indigenous people of Guatemala, the Maya, who have been consistently marginalized by in-country such as the civil war that ended only about 20 years ago, prejudice, poverty, and remoteness. Because this reality has made life difficult for so many in the western highlands of Guatemala, we refer to our work with the Guatemalans as Esperanza which means hope. Our efforts are largely concentrated in the town of Nimasac, near the city of Quetzaltenango.
Our mission is to assist what allows communities to become sustainable through sound agricultural practices, accessible quality educational opportunities, improved health, and economic development.
Check out this website to learn more about specific projects such as
- education and scholarships
- economic development
We travel to Nimasac each October to meet with our partners, share successes and challenges, consider needs, and plan for upcoming activities and projects. During that visit, we meet with scholarship students and their parents and hold a fiesta to celebrate the conclusion of the school year. When able and appropriate, we also hold meetings with personnel from other non-profits who work in the area.