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ChildFund had a long-standing experience on implementing program in Guatemala in a group modality. In 2014, the Japanese Strategic Development Fund approved support, through the World Bank,for ChidFund to implement the “Pilot to improve the development and Nutrition of Young Children in Poor Rural Areas in Guatemala”(Nuestros Ninos Sanos Y Listos Project) in indigenous communities in Guatemala. This initiative sought to enhance child development in the country through evidence-based interventions that could be efficiently scaled up through national programs.

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Communities we serve

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Our Approach

In 2019, through a grant from The LEGO Foundation the intervention was adapted to be delivered through a combination of group meetings and home visits.

The home delivery modality of Nuestros Niños Sanos y Listos (NNSL) program, based on the Reach Up program, was implemented in 2017 and 2018. Local women from the communities – Madres Guías (mother guides) – were trained to deliver the intervention in the beneficiaries households.

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Organisational Structure

Community managers and community volunteers (mother guides) were trained to deliver the Nuestros Ninos y Listos project. Community managers supervise the community volunteers. Coordinators from local partners (NGOs) supervise the community managers.

Cultural Adaptations

The Reach Up methodology was adapted to the Guatemalan rural indigenous setting. The curricula were edited to incorporate illustrations depicting Mayan people, local songs and native animals. Toys were also recreated to emulate familiar objects made of local recycled materials. The guidelines were simplified and included more ill


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Outcomes - Nutritional status
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Research & Publications

  • Arteaga, Irma and Julieta Trias (2022). Can technology narrow the early childhood stimulation gap in rural Guatemala? Results from an experimental approach.
  • Trias, Julieta and Irma Arteaga (2024) “Home visitation or group intervention? Training parents on early stimulation in rural Guatemala” World Bank mimeo