Guatemala's Indigenous People


The indigenous Maya comprise 40.8% of Guatemala total population of about 14 million. The indigenous today are the worst off and poorest of Guatemala's communities. The Guatemalan civil war left a very fragile country. Endemic poverty and a lack of access to adequate healthcare are just two of the problems faced by this Latin American country.

The Maya population

The majority of the indigenous Maya cared for by G.I.F.T. come from rural areas in the department of Sololá. These people live in remote areas. They are excluded from society for the following reasons:

  • They have been historically disadvantaged.
  • They are geographically isolated: they live far from urban centers.
  • They lack access to quality education.
  • They have difficulty finding accessible and well paid jobs.
  • They often don't speak Spanish.