|Image from Feed a Child|
Additionally this week, we highlight the needs of the children of Guatemala. According to the World Bank, Guatemala has the third-highest rate of chronic malnutrition, or stunted growth, (54%). (Click on link for more information.) In one village, sixty-seven of the 112 under-fives suffer from chronic malnutrition. Part of the problem in Guatemala is that more than 65% of arable land is own by 3% of private landowners. Most of the crops - coffee, sugar cane, and bananas - are exported, leaving precious little for sustainable crops. Other contributing factors include the cost of primary education and seeking medical treatment, often miles away in one of the larger cities. The combination means that over half of Guatemala's children are undernourished. We pray that the government of Guatemala continues to make strides towards eliminating child malnutrition. We pray that we consider what our appetite for coffee, bananas, and sugar does for local economies and children.