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About Guatemala

Officially the Republic of Guatemala (Spanish: República de Guatemala), is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. With an estimated population of around 15.8 million, it is the most populous state in Central America. A representative democracy, Guatemala’s capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.

 The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization, which extended across Mesoamerica. Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, becoming part of the viceroyalty of New Spain. Guatemala attained independence in 1821 as part of the Federal Republic of Central America, which dissolved in 1841.

Guatemala Facts

Capital: Guatemala City

Population: 15,189,958 (July 2016 est.)

Life expectancy: 66 years

Official Language: Spanish (official) 60%, Amerindian languages 40%

Location: Caribbean Sea

Zoya Ministries: Since 2015

About Parramos, Chimaltenango

Its name is kaqchikel origin, Pa means para y Rramos and that is united bouquets and bouquets mean. In 1533 it was founded and in 1876 it was officially transferred to Valle de los Pinos, it was drawn with great futuristic vision of the engineer Salvador Martinez Flores.

On December 28 the city Patronal fair is celebrated in honor of the Holy Innocents Children “Santos Niños Inocentes” and the headline that starts 8 days before the city fair. It is located 60 km away from the capital of Guatemala City.

Women still retain the traditional dress.

The predominant population is the Cakchiquel and their native language is Cakchiquel. The dominant religions are

Protestant and Catholic. 51% of the population are women and the rest are men, most are in the age range of 0-24 years. The population density is 873 inhabitants / km2, most live in urban areas and the minority in rural areas. A quarter is Ladin and the others are derived from the indigenous ethnic group kaqchikel.

Los Cerritos, Cerro Pavo, Cerro Las Campanas (mines), Pueblo Viejo, Chipoc, Pache, Las Cruces and the panteones de San Bernabé are some of the holy places that are recognized by the population. The main tourist attraction is a visit to the chapel of Pueblo Viejo.

The Need

    1. Wealth distribution is unbalanced. Of those who live outside the major cities, 75% of the population lives in poverty and 58% in extreme poverty. In the cities, 59% of the population lives in poverty.  Entire families survive by scavenging the city dumps.
  • Education of indigenous people.  The native, non-Spanish-speaking population has limited access to education and opportunities.
  • Water systems undeveloped.  Water systems and waste management remain undeveloped and unhygienic in many parts of Guatemala. 
    1. Dependence on farming vocations.  Inherited farm land often is sole source of income for many, contributing to cyclical poverty in Guatemala. 
    2. Dependence on informal jobs for their income. U.N. estimates over 70% of workers do not receive any kinds of job benefits such as healthcare.  
  • Poor nourishment.   Inexpensive diets of low-cost rice and tortillas in Guatemala make diabetes a prevalent issue. 
  • Lack of dental care.  Tooth decay is one of the main issues seen by dentists in Guatemala & contributes to other health issues.
  1. Young people unqualified for jobs.  Many cannot afford education past elementary school and as a result over 2 million ages 15-24 are unqualified to join the workforce.


The Vision

Reach remote areas with healing, housing, & humanitarian aid.

This June, the Zoya missions team returns to Guatemala, one of the most impoverished nations in the Western Hemisphere.  Partnering with Arms of Jesus Ministry & other local organizations, our goal is to reach remote areas with healing, housing, & humanitarian aid.

Our team of volunteer surgeons, nurses, students and professionals from the business sector will come together to share the love of Jesus by meeting practical needs


Zoya Support

This June 2019, the Zoya missions team returns to Guatemala, one of the most impoverished nations in the Western Hemisphere.  Partnering with Arms Of Jesus Ministry & other local organizations, our goal is to:

  • Provide on-location medical clinic with experienced surgeons & nurses administering critical care and medication in conjunction with local medical providers.
  • Build simple framed homes to replace makeshift cardboard/aluminum shacks.  
  • Distribute of food staples for the poor.
  • Perform a very special “feet washing” ceremony in a local elementary school where we provide brand new shoes and socks.