What’s happening

Updated: May 21, 2020

  • COVID-19 has 2,265 confirmed cases in Guatemala and 45 deaths. 
  • Our school institutions, Francisco Coll School and Santa Clara Nursery, are closed and food programs are suspended.
  • All schools and non-essential businesses are closed. People must stay inside under Martial law. 
  • Grocery stores and markets are closed and only open when the government provides permission to do so.



Updated: May 21, 2020

Our team in Guatemala has been working to assist the community, with efforts including:

  • Providing masks and latex gloves to students and their families.
  • Presenting on and distributing public Health information and flyers about the spread and prevention of COVID-19.
  • Providing much needed food baskets to scholarship recipients and their families.


families need support in Guatemala


$100 will keep a family safe for a whole month.

Those we serve are having to choose between being exposed to COVID-19 if they go to work or imminent starvation if they don’t.  Our relief fund is to keep them from having to go to work in the dump for a full month, which costs $100 per family.

Interested in making a donation? Click the link below.


Updates from ZONE 3, Guatemala city

Below we have created a timeline of the updates we have received from our in-country leaders.

Thank you from guatemala

Date: April 29, 2020

We have received the following videos from some of our scholarship families in Guatemala! The English translations to the videos are posted below.

From Nathaly and her Family

We are grateful for International Samaritan for the food that you’ve given us. We hope that your homes are full of blessings. 

Thank you International Samaritan and the Guatemala team. 

May the Lord bless you.

From Rosy and her Family

Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. We feel very blessed for the donation you have given us, for the food and the ecofiltro. They have been a great blessing for us because my husband and I work in the informal sector as food sellers. The covid-19 situation and all that is happening has really impacted us because we can’t sell like before, and we have no fixed income. My husband and I work for ourselves, we don’t have a fixed income, so we haven’t been able to make money, we’ve only been able to sell very little. Blessed be the Lord because we have enough to eat.

Water filters have Been Distributed

Date: April 20, 2020

Marilyn, one of our team members in Guatemala, let us know that the filters have been distributed to our families and are being put to use. They send their thanks! 

This video gives a quick overview of how it works:


Water filters have arrived!

Date: April 15, 2020

We have received word that our home water filters have arrived in Guatemala to help provide safe water for our families in our scholarship program. These filters are part of our COVID-19 response efforts to improve sanitation. This video gives a quick overview of how it works:


Sister Gloria Distributes Food

Date: April 10, 2020

Sister Gloria at the Francisco Coll School, our partner institution in Guatemala City, worked with us to distribute food baskets to families who’s children attend the school through our scholarship program.


the challenges of Sheltering in place in zone 3

Date: April 6, 2020

Our Programs Assistant, Yoli, sent us the following videos to tell us about how COVID is being handled in Zone 3. These are the translations: 


Hello, good afternoon! This is Yolanda here in Guatemala City, we are in the Libertad neighborhood on Zone 3. It is 3:50PM, and you can see and observe the people walking down the streets despite the shelter in place order. We can see that there are a lot of people that are not protecting themselves, they are on crowded streets. It is really surprising how so many people are not taking any precautions to protect themselves. There are children walking around, too. From here until the white wall is the Libertad neighborhood.  


Hello, we are here filming again. We can hear from the background the siren announcing that it is almost 4PM, but we can still see people in the streets. There are some running to be home before 4PM, and there others who are still waiting. I am here at the top floor of my house because I can’t be downstairs anymore. The police can also pass by to announce the shelter in place. Thank you for listening.

Our care packages are allowing our scholars and their families to shelter in place, unlike many of their neighbors.


Date: March 21, 2020

Our Guatemalan Programs Director, Angelica Cancinos, contacted us to tell us about our team’s efforts to provide our scholars in Zone 3 with aid: 

“Thank you for Renate (our Project & Service Manager in Guatemala) and Fernanda (one of our trip leaders) for their initiative in assembling donation baskets. These baskets include needed items that are scarce right now, including foodstuffs and sanitary supplies. Marilyn (one of our Program Assistants) is working with small groups of students by schedule and with security measures to distribute these baskets. However, if the situation worsens, the computer center will be closed by government mandate.”

Through their efforts, we were able to provide aid to dozens of our scholars and their families. In the days since, however, our operations out of the Ave Maria Learning Center & Computer Lab were suspended by government mandate.

PABLO and lauren HAD A BABY!

Date: March 19, 2020

Some very happy news in the midst of all of this: Pablo, our trip leader in Guatemala whom many of you who traveled with us know, is now a father! His daughter, Aspen Ixchel, was born healthy on March 19th, 2020. Pablo and Lauren were kind enough to share some pictures with us. 

Congratulations, Pablo and Lauren! We’re so happy for you!


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