The idea for Apoyo Guate was born out of our own desire to find ways in which we could help vulnerable Guatemalan families and communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
As it quickly became obvious that the government restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 were going to have immediate and severe consequences on everyday livelihoods of Guatemalan, and would not be accompanied by adequate support to protect the most vulnerable, we saw a need to create this space.
As often happens in Guatemala during a crisis, community organizations and initiatives are stepping in where the public sector has left gaps. The mission of Apoyo Guate is to share information about these local initiatives in response to COVID-19, and in doing so facilitate communication and connections between them and those who can help, providing fast, targeted support to underserved Guatemalan communities.
Thank you to everyone who has joined the Apoyo Guate movement so far!
Katie came to Guatemala in early 2018 and has since lived in Nebaj, Xela and now Antigua, working as the Guatemala Country Director for the US-based organization Community Empowerment Solutions (locally Soluciones Comunitarias). Her work is focused on community empowerment consulting projects chiefly in the Sololá and Quiché regions with grassroots community organizations. Prior to coming to Guatemala she worked with indigenous communities in Australia (her home country) and the Pacific region.
Olga studied general psychology at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala. Currently, she is working with the non-for-profit organization Pa´nibal to organize and deliver grocery bags to the communities surrounding Antigua. Olga came to Antigua from Guatemala City to complete her internship in Antigua Guatemala with the NGO Rekko, providing therapy to children and adults with limited resources. Olga co-founded Apoyo Guate with Katie when she saw the need for connection and communication between people willing to help and projects focused on alleviating the discomfort caused by COVID-19.
Communications & Marketing
Stephanie Capper is a freelance correspondent and documentary producer from the Gold Coast, Australia. She is currently reporting on the humanitarian impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Central America from her temporary home base in Hamburg, Germany. Stephanie jumped on board the Apoyo Guate team as Communications & Marketing strategist in April and designs and implements the project's social media, marketing, and PR campaigns.
The COVID Apoyo Guate site is intended to help facilitate connections between those looking for support and those looking to provide it. Whilst we do our best to ensure the legitimacy of listings looking for support on our site, it is your ultimate responsibility to ensure that those that you are connecting with to offer your support are authentic and meet your own standards.