Journey to the Forest Program

“Every child had the right to rest, relax, play, and participate in cultural and creative activities.” 

Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 31

Do Guatemalan children enjoy

their childhood?

Guatemala registers 59.3% of habitants in poverty and extreme poverty (10 million habitants), which mainly affects the indigenous-rural population, with children being the main affected. The departments that present the highest poverty rates are Alta Verapaz and Sololá, with percentages higher than 80%, (Manuel Villacorta, 2018).

With the actual panorama around the world, to make any effort to support the emotional development in the childrens is essential to broaden their minds to recognize opportunities to improve their lives, because “the child also deserves to enjoy their childhood”, to be motivated to reach the maximum potential by recognizing and managing their own emotions.

What is the plan?

Journey to the Forest invite vulnerable and disadvantaged children for a week, to be part of an expansive, inspiring, and mentoring experience in our unique forest camp located in San Andrés Semetabaj, where each activity was designed to educate, encourage, stimulate and empower while providing an environment safe for children to develop a sense of self-esteem, self-determination, strength, and the resilience to overcome difficult personal circumstances, that are sometimes challenging.

Journey to the Forest Program

(COVID Response)

Due to the COVID protocols, during this year the Journey To The Forest program will have to adapt to current government regulations, so our camps will be for a one day with a reduced number of childrens.

This activity focus to invite vulnerable and disadvantaged children from diverse rural communities for a weekend, to be part of an expansive and inspiring experience in our unique forest camp located in San Andrés Semetabaj, where each activity was designed to educate, encourage, stimulate and empower while providing an environment safe for childrens to develop a sense of self-esteem, self-determination, strength, and the resilience to overcome difficult personal circumstances, that are sometimes challenging.

Emotional Support

The emotional damage that isolation due to infection prevention has caused in children over time affects their mental health, since it limits their interpersonal relationships with family and friends that are important for their integral development.

In Niños del Lago, “the emotional support” for Guatemalan children is imperative since, from the global pandemic, multiple traumatic factors cause a change in their behavior, a change that they often do not understand and do not know how to manage.

Teaching them to recognize their feelings and emotions, to be able to express them is the fundamental basis for creating in them a self-control that allows them to grow.

Niños del Lago trusts your support to continue this program to generate substantial benefits for Guatemalan children, who now more than ever need our support, especially in the area of physical and mental health.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact us.

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