Finding Freedom through Friendship, Inc., was established in 2009 to meet the needs of single mother's and elderly women in the villages of northwestern Guatemala. The chronic stress of poverty, illiteracy and high birth rates have created an acute need for support services for indigenous women in the highlands of this Central American country. Recent weather patterns have resulted in historically high food shortages for this fragile population.
Our goal is to assist participants accepted into FFF with nutrition, social services, economic empowerment, education of their children and basic health care needs. By networking with long-term volunteers in rural Guatemala, we strengthen our ability to make a significant and long-lasting difference in the lives of women who we identify as having critical domestic issues.
The women of Guatemala are resilient. Through the sharing of resources, knowledge and friendship, Finding Freedom through Friendship travels with them in their journey to self-reliance.
Photos in this site are current FFF single mothers and their
Less than ten percent of single Mayan women own land in Guatemala. Without land security, most abandoned women in Central America live marginalized existences, unable to feed or educate their children.
Catarina is one of our clients. In 2012 we purchased land for her, and legally secured the title in her name. Finding Freedom through Friendship donors built her a home, which allowed Catarina to move out of her father's house where she and her five children slept on the floor with fourteen relatives. Her children are now in school and we are working with her on a microbusiness development.
When her husband died five years ago, this mother lost her hope for the future. Participating in our organization has brought Catarina's smile back.
Our Finding Freedom through Friendship blog is updated weekly with stories of our work in Guatemala.
Finding Freedom through Friendship, Inc. is a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)3 of the Revenue