Cotzij Yá Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


To increase income generation for families, we trained community members in marketing their agricultural products in local settings and provided them with sessions on how to run small businesses. With the aim of increasing the number of families who plant and harvest food for home consumption, 20 families were trained on the best farming techniques for growing crops such as tomatoes and coffee. Through a collaboration with the local health services staff, we helped ensure that pregnant women attended prenatal visits and received the necessary vaccines and vitamins during their pregnancy in order to give birth to healthy babies. 378 mothers of children under age 5 were trained on prevention and management of diarrhea through boiling water to remove impurities, and identifying the symptoms of the illness in young children. 175 families received newly-constructed sanitary latrines through a partnership between World Vision and the local government to improve community health and sanitation. We partnered with local training programs to increase the percentage of youth who graduate from vocational education courses in order to generate future income for themselves and their families. 2,714 children were educated about advocating for their rights and reporting child protection cases as part of our effort to increase their safety.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Protection, Advocacy


  • Guatemala>Solola


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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