Where We Work

Snapshot of Guatemala


of people live below the poverty line


of people lack access to proper sanitation


of people can’t read and write

Jose Carlso Prem

Letter from Compassion Guatemala Director, José Carlos Prem

Dear Sponsor, My name is José Carlos Prem, and I have been the Country Director of Compassion Guatemala for nine years. I am a chemical engineer and I also graduated from the Central American Theological Seminary. Compassion started working in Guatemala due to a terrible earthquake in 1976 and it was officially registered in 1989. We currently have 218 local church partners that are helping us release more than 57,700 children from poverty in Jesus’ name. I want to express how very grateful I am for your thoughtful sensitivity in ministering to the children of Guatemala.

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Lorenzo’s Radio Show

When Lorenzo’s older brother got tired of reading him Bible stories every night, he decided to teach him to read, so five-year-old Lorenzo could enjoy the stories whenever he wanted to. For months, the two boys sat together, sounding out words.

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Prayer requests for Guatemala

  • Please offer up urgent prayers for Daniel, a sponsored child, and his family. Their house burned down and Daniel’s baby brother was severely burned. Pray for complete recovery of the child and the family during this hard time. Please pray also for provision as there was nothing left after the fire.
  • Please pray for Glendy. She is the correspondence coordinator of GU0422; she was diagnosed with leukaemia and is only 18 years old. Please pray for her strength and healing, and for her family as well, as they seek treatment for her.
  • The staff from GU0479 asks you to pray for their project because there is a lot of poverty in their community. They also ask you to pray for a series of suicides going on in the community. Please pray that the children from the program and their families will be protected from this scourge, and for the greater community, that God will heal and restore their hearts and minds.
  • Please lift up the whole of the Compassion Guatemala family: especially the new church partnerships that are launching child development centres this year; for the leadership of Compassion Guatemala; for their staff and the health of all the children. Please pray also for all the donors and sponsors of children in Guatemala.