Guatemala is a showcase of natural history and dramatic landscapes, yet its most distinguishing asset is the rich and colorful traditions of the various ethnic communities. Each group has its own language, its special folklore, yet they share a common ancestral heritage expressed in religion, music, dance, foods and even social organization. Guatemala's abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems also contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot.
Guatemala is a country characterized by income disparities and extreme poverty. It has suffered periods of political instability and turmoil. Although Guatemala still boasts vast original-growth forests and an incredible variety of flora and fauna, it faces numerous environmental problems. There are also many social issues facing rural communities, including a lack of access to health care, clean water and education.
Major contemporary challenges include accentuated inequality, poor rural community infrastructure, lack of qualified teachers, unequal access for the indigenous people, and poor health and nutrition.
Our current projects in Guatemala include:
- Environmental education programs.
- Support to community ecotourism projects.
- Organic agriculture projects.
- Support to indigenous communities.
- Gender and women empowerment initiatives.
- Educational infrastructure in rural communities.
Currently, RJI is working in the next communities:
- El Progreso