LifeCorps Projects

LifeCorps Project Guatemala

About Guatemala

Guatemala is located in Central America between Mexico, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras with an area of 108,890 square kilometres (about the size of Tennessee).   Guatemala was home to the Classic Mayan civilization from 1000 BC to approximately 900 AD when it collapsed due to a drought induced famine.  Today, there are 23 Mayan dialects spoken by the descendants throughout the country.

Two main mountain chains containing 37 volcanoes run through Guatemala, which divide the countries geography, climate and bio-diversity into three distinct areas.  The cool highlands are mountainous, the tropical Pacific Coast located south of the mountains and the hot Peten which is found north of the highland mountains. 

Guatemalas location and geography makes is susceptible to natural disasters including hurricanes, mud slides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. 

Last Update 11/11

Canada

Guatemala

Continent

North America

Central America

Population

33,759,742

13,824,463

Official Language

English

Spanish

HIV Prevalence Rate

.4%

.8%

People Living with AIDS

73,000

62,000

Infant Mortality Rate

4.99/1000

26.02/1000

Maternal Mortality Rate

12/100,000

110/100,000

Median Age

40.7

20

Literacy

99%

74%

Improved Water Source

99%

94%

Improved Sanitation

100%

81%

% living < $1.25 Per Day

-

11.7

% living < $2 Per Day

-

24.3

Guatemala fell into turmoil after a coup in 1954. The civil war that ensued brought 36 years of conflict and over 200,000 dead. Peace finally came in 1996, and Guatemala is making political strides to end the violence, corruption, and poverty that have so affected the lives of its people.

Today, Guatemala suffers from a chronic shortage of health care services, including adequate numbers of clinics, in-patient services, and hospital beds. According to the World Health Organization, in 2003, the government of Guatemala spent just $44 per capita on healthcare (based on an average USD exchange rate). The governments of the United States and Canada spent $2,548 and $1,866 respectively. In the United States there are 2.56 doctors for every 1,000 people. In Canada this ratio is 2.14. Guatemala has less than one doctor for every 1,000 people.

Hospital Shalom-Peten

LifeCorps International has supported the construction of a non-profit health care facility in the Peten region of Guatemala that:

  • Provides over 180,000 people(In the Peten region, Southern Mexico and Belize) with desperately needed North American health care
  • Provides care for patients with HIV/AIDS, malaria and dengue fever
  • Reduces infant mortality
  • Improves maternal health
  • Provides affordable medicines
  • Educates health care workers
  • Welcomes North American Health Care groups and provides equipment and operating rooms second to none in the region

LifeCorps has provided security gates, doors, air conditioners, neo-natal equipment, block for the perimeter fence, labour, paint, medical equipment, a building containing the kitchen, dining room and laundry.

In 2011 we are providing industrial kitchen and laundry equipment.

Hosptial Shalom Peten, is a place of Hope and Healing.

For more information go to  www.newcovenantworldmissions.org/Hospital-Shalom.html

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