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Relief and development organization helping children worldwide by tackling causes of poverty and developing access to clean water, food, health care, education, and economic opportunities.
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Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, Italy, United States of America
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Children/Youth
Joshua Expeditions exists for the purpose of assisting Christian organizations to inspire purpose, develop leaders, and share Christ through travel.
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To accomplish our mission making the most responsible and effective use of the resources that the Lord provides, by producing and distributing radio broadcasts, financially supporting national missionaries, providing Christian literature, and employing any other means that will bring honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Guatemala, Haiti, United States of America
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Poverty
We utilize volunteers to package a highly nutritious meal that is then distributed through food banks
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Poverty
Guatemala is one of the most poverty stricken countries in the Western Hemisphere.1 Approximately 75% of the country's rural population lives below the poverty line, and two-fifths of that population is classified as extremely poor.2 Income distribution is very unequal among different ethnic groups, and 80% of the country's indigenous people live below the poverty line compared to 50% of non-indigenous people.3

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1http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/frontlines/global-healthiraq/nutrition-and-family-planning-intersect-healthier
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Geography

Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize
Area

Total 108,889 sq km
Land 107,159 sq km
Water 1,730 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid in lowlands; cooler in highlands
Natural Resources

petroleum, nickel, rare woods, fish, chicle, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

numerous volcanoes in mountains, with occasional violent earthquakes; Caribbean coast extremely susceptible to hurricanes and other tropical storms

volcanism: significant volcanic activity in the Sierra Madre range; Santa Maria (elev. 3,772 m) has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Pacaya (elev. 2,552 m), which erupted in May 2010 causing an ashfall on Guatemala City and prompting evacuations, is one of the country's most active volcanoes with frequent eruptions since 1965; other historically active volcanoes include Acatenango, Almolonga, Atitlan, Fuego, and Tacana significant volcanic activity in the Sierra Madre range; Santa Maria (elev. 3,772 m) has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Pacaya (elev. 2,552 m), which erupted in May 2010 causing an ashfall on Guatemala City and prompting evacuations, is one of the country's most active volcanoes with frequent eruptions since 1965; other historically active volcanoes include Acatenango, Almolonga, Atitlan, Fuego, and Tacana
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation in the Peten rainforest; soil erosion; water pollution

Demographics

Nationality
Guatemalan
Population
14,373,472 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America with a GDP per capita roughly one-half that of the average for Latin America and the Caribbean. The agricultural sector accounts for 13% of GDP and 38% of the labor force; key agricultural exports include coffee, sugar, bananas, and vegetables. The 1996 peace accords, which ended 36 years of civil war, removed a major obstacle to foreign investment, and since then Guatemala has pursued important reforms and macroeconomic stabilization. The Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) entered into force in July 2006 spurring increased investment and diversification of exports, with ...See More the largest increases in ethanol and non-traditional agricultural exports. While CAFTA-DR has helped improve the investment climate, concerns over security, the lack of skilled workers and poor infrastructure continue to hamper foreign direct investment. The distribution of income remains highly unequal with the richest 20% of the population accounting for more than 51% of Guatemala's overall consumption. More than half of the population is below the national poverty line and 13% of the population lives in extreme poverty. Poverty among indigenous groups, which make up 38% of the population, averages 73% and extreme poverty rises to 28%. Nearly one-half of Guatemala's children under age five are chronically malnourished, one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. Given Guatemala''s large expatriate community in the United States, it is the top remittance recipient in Central America, with inflows serving as a primary source of foreign income equivalent to nearly two-fifths of exports or one-tenth of GDP. Economic growth fell in 2009 as export demand from US and other Central American markets dropped and foreign investment slowed amid the global recession. The economy gradually recovered in 2010-12. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$79.97 billion (2012 est.); $77.64 billion (2011 est.); $74.55 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

sugarcane, corn, bananas, coffee, beans, cardamom; cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens
Industries

sugar, textiles and clothing, furniture, chemicals, petroleum, metals, rubber, tourism