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Healthy Start: 
Fighting Hunger in Guatemala

In the Ixil region of Guatemala, 75% of children are chronically malnourished. Three of every four children go hungry every day. The spread of COVID-19 will only exacerbate this crisis.

With the earned wisdom of 35 years working in Guatemala, Agros International has planned a new program called Healthy Start that addresses the urgencies and complexities of childhood malnutrition in the time of COVID-19.

We need your support to put this plan into action and give girls like these a truly healthy start.

two young Guatemalan girls hold a brown support beam

What is Healthy Start?

Healthy Start is a proven solution that tackles the causes of chronic malnutrition and food insecurity by focusing on nutritional intake, health care & health education, and entrepreneurial opportunities for women. The program targets families living in extreme poverty and suffering from malnutrition with a focus on women and children from before birth to five years of age. We anticipate working with 300 families in remote, high-need villages.

The need for this type of aid will only continue to grow as COVID-19 spreads into remote, rural regions of Guatemala. Families in Guatemala cannot respond to the pandemic as we have in the U.S. They can’t stock up on goods and medicines or buy disinfectants. Families that already struggle with hunger won’t have the money to meet their own most basic food needs.

Help Launch Healthy Start

Your gift makes it possible to provide hundreds of families in the Ixil region of Guatemala with the food, health care & education, and entrepreneurial opportunities needed to exit food insecurity permanently. Your gift fills hungry stomachs—and changes lives.


You’ll give families the immediate food support they desperately need and help them develop capacities to grow their own food.

children wait in line to be served food

You’ll create a network of community health workers (brigadistas) who provide health care and health education in villages with few services.

Guatemalan women stands in front of board teaching

You’ll help women start productive revenue-generating businesses that give their whole families a better chance to exit food insecurity permanently.

woman holds food in pan while standing in front of outdoor oven

You Can Be Part of the Solution

We hope you’ll make a donation to end hunger in the Ixil region of Guatemala.

You can also sign up below for our email news. You’ll receive regular updates on Healthy Start, our other projects in Latin America, and opportunities to get involved. You’ll feel connected to the families who need help—and you’ll be part of the solution as we work together to end hunger.

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