child sponsorship>>womens empowerment
Guatemala Child Sponsorship Program -
||According to the CIA World Factbook,
Guatemala's GDP per capita is US$5,000; however, this developing
country still faces many social problems and is among the 10
poorest countries in Latin America. The distribution of income
remains highly unequal with approximately 29% of the population
living below the poverty line and just over 400,000 (3.2%) unemployed.
Since the year 2000, over 3,000 women have been murdered in Guatemala
and less than 2% of cases have resulted in convictions, making Guatemala
“the most dangerous place for women in all of Latin America”.
In 2008 the United Nations ranked Guatemala worst in the entire
Western hemisphere in terms of gender-related development, based
on low levels of female literacy, schooling, earning power, and
life expectancy. Guatemala also has the lowest percentage of women
in congress in the hemisphere (8.2%).
Within this climate it is essential that we do all
we can to establish a women's empowerment program. Details will
be posted in the near future.