Merelyn Vanessa

Merelyn Vanessa has been sponsored by an amazing world-changer! Her sponsor has created Team Merelyn Vanessa and given her a chance to break free from the cycle of poverty, starting a ripple effect for generations. With that support, the future looks bright for Merelyn Vanessa!


9 years old 10/29/2008 Guatemala
About me & my family

Name: Merelyn Vanessa
Family income: $156.00

Gender: Female
Age: 9
Enjoys: Playing with siblings, Playing with dolls
Talents: Singing
Sandra Maritza, 26, Female
Claudia Amarilis, 21, Female
Maria Delfina, 18, Female
Yesica, 16, Female
Floridalma Maribel, 14, Female
Francisco Samuel, 11, Male
Lives with: Parents
Language: Spanish
School: Yes
Child ID #: 1226144

About my house

Walls: Concrete block, Plywood
Roof: Corrugated metal
Floor: Concrete, Dirt
My bed: Wooden beds
Water source: Public storage cistern
Electricity: Regulated use

About Guatemala

Kids growing up in poverty in Guatemala face some of the toughest issues, such as a massive wealth gap, gang violence and high crime rates, difficulty staying in school, lack of jobs, chronic malnutrition and a high teen pregnancy rate.

That's why we focus on providing educational assistance to stay in school, a wide range of programs in our centers to learn and grow in a safe environment, youth leadership opportunities, fundamental nutrition support and reproductive health programs.

See how our program works and why we focus on health, education, empowerment and employment. 

Learn more about our work in Guatemala.

To learn more about about the valuable programs your sponsorship makes happen, check out the plan for kids in Guatemala below.

Did you know? Solving poverty isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. That's why we customize programs by age + location + circumstances to help break the cycle of poverty. 

How does child sponsorship work?

Your $32 monthly gift gives kids like Merelyn Vanessa access to life-changing benefits, like:

  • medical care
  • educational support
  • life skills
  • job-training before graduation.


More about child sponsorship:

How your support helps kids in poverty

How your support helps kids in Guatemala

A quick look at programs currently available for sponsored kids under age 12 in Guatemala.


Kids in Guatemala enrolled in preschool and primary school receive school supplies.



Kids can enroll in fun, interactive classes that teach skills like decision-making and creative thinking and emphasize social issues such as respecting others and recycling.



For now, we’re helping kids under 12 grow up healthy, educated, empowered and prepared to take advantage of our employment programs when they become teens.

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