Guatemala

Asociación Manos Amigas Deporte Y Recreación

Asociación Manos Amigas Deporte Y Recreacion Guatemala (Helping Hands Sports & Recreation Association Guatemala) was established in order to promote physical and recreational activities for children and youth in urban and rural areas of Guatemala, as well as to support their academic development.

AMA run festivals of street football and a national street football tournament. They organise an extensive, structured six-month training course called Young Leadership, Changing the Game (“Liderazgo Joven Cambiando el Juego”) designed to train individuals to organize their own football programmes. The course includes workshops on human rights, values, and political education.

Organisation Details

Participants

Children and youth from high-risk areas and rural communities

Locations

Across Guatemala, including Guatemala City, Santa Lucia, and Ciudad Quetzal

Homelessness Statistics

59.3%
Population below poverty line (CIA World Factbook)

1.6 million

Housing defecit

Guatemala faces extreme inequality, with a little over 1% of the population owning 60% of the land (Habitat). Among indigenous people, poverty average 79%, with 40% living in extreme poverty, making indigenous people the most affected by the inequality (World Food Programme, 2019).

Natural disasters displace thousands of people from their homes every year, and although there is a lack of data, it is thought that the main cause of population displacement is due to gang violence and development projects (Internal Displacement, 2018)