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Guatemala is a magnificent country. Situated one country south of Mexico, southwest of Belize, and northwest of El Salvador and Honduras, you can visit the Pacific Ocean (west coast) and the Caribbean Sea (east coast).
One of the most exquisite lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atlitlán), can be found half way between the west coast and Guatemala City, and is pictured below on the left.
Monterrico Beach, on the west coast, has striking black sand beaches. See below on the right.
Markets are filled with beautiful colors, and are pictured below on the left. The ancient Mayan city of Tikal, located in the rainforests of northern Guatemala, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Central America. It is pictured below on the right.
Despite the beautiful landscape and culture, Guatemala struggles with poverty as it is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. One out of four Guatemalans are unable to read or write. Nearly 25% of the country’s adult population is illiterate, putting Guatemala in the bottom 10% of world literacy rates. When you consider the indigenous Mayan people, that statistic jumps to more than 60%. According to USAID, average schooling in Guatemala is a short four years and only three in ten children graduate from sixth grade. You can learn more information on the Global Education Fund website.
This building below on the right is Pastor Luis Pedro Barrios's church, Asamblea de Dos Getsemani, in Aldea Hierbabuena, Jalapa, Guatemala. Pastor Pedro is trying to build the church building on the right and the church parish on the left. He has asked for help to provide for community members, children with basic needs such as education, and building the parish and church.