Although Guatemala has the largest economy in Central America, social and economic inequality is high. The indigenous population is especially affected, with limited access to health, education, and economic opportunities. For instance, 49.8% of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition, 80% are indigenous. Education numbers are also bleak. Average years of schooling are 2.83 years for adults living in extreme poverty in urban areas, and 1.59 years for those living in rural areas.
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|Population:||14,373,472 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||42,042 sq mi, about the size of Tennessee|
|People Served:||578,093 (2012 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services has worked in Guatemala since 1963. Initially, CRS Guatemala's programs focused on humanitarian assistance to alleviate poverty and bring a better standard of living to the needy. Over the years, CRS has extended the scope of its assistance by implementing a variety of development-oriented programs focused on food security, nutrition and health, agriculture, education, civil society (migration and labor rights), disaster risk reduction and emergency response.
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