Country: Guatemala

Julian’s Story: From Despair to Big Dreams

COVID-19 completely changed 11-year-old Julian’s life. “I felt sad,” he said. “I was anxious for this to be over, to go out and play, see my friends, go to school.”

Quarantine orders kept him inside the floorless, one-room home that he shared with five other members of his family. They had no running water and only two beds to share. When Julian’s mother got sick and his father lost his job laying bricks, Julian felt entirely helpless. With hunger and health concerns looming, hope seemed far out of reach.

“My father was unemployed. We had no food due to lack of money,” Julian said. “But that’s when you gave us [food].”

Now, as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, Julian has access to hot and nutritious meals. Since he no longer has to worry about food insecurity, Julian is free to focus on his schoolwork, his artwork, and his dream of becoming a chef. His next goal is to reach a point where he can support the rest of his family.

“To my brothers and my mother, I want to give them what they need … their expenses,” he said. “The same for my father; I want to help him.”

Thanks to support from people like you, Julian can continue spreading hope to his family and his community. Thank you for changing his story.

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Full Meals, Full Futures

“It feels horrible to have a hole inside your belly and not be able to fill it,” David said. “I felt a great desperation.”

David, a teenager in Guatemala, has experienced plenty of hardship throughout the past year. When COVID-19 spread across his country, two of his sisters became ill and three members of his extended family died. His mother and father both lost their jobs and struggled to put food on the table.

Add Hurricanes Eta and Iota to the mix, both of which caused extensive damage across Central America, and it doesn’t seem hard to understand why David struggled to find hope.

Thankfully, Convoy of Hope’s presence in Guatemala meant that David and his family received help. Our in-country team provided them with nutritious food and the hope they needed.

“It helps me a lot because the food comes with good vitamins,” David said. “We made mashed potatoes with stuffed peppers and rice, and my mother mixed it with eggs. I put on a little more weight because I was thinner, and that really helped me a lot. Thank God we had a full meal, thanks to you.”

Thanks to our supporters, people like David no longer have to worry where they will get their next meal. Thank you for helping to change his story and provide his family with hope.

If you would like to support children like David, click here.

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feedONE is fueling change in Guatemala

Despite the numerous challenges COVID-19 presented, Convoy of Hope’s integrated programming in Guatemala continued in 2020. Our incredible in-country field staff were able to innovate and strategically adapt through take-home food rations, recipes, and cooking tutorials. They even conducted virtual training and ongoing follow-ups.

Take a quick look at the video below to learn more about how our feedONE campaign supports our work in Guatemala.

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