Asociación Pequeños Ángeles de María

Nonprofit organization
(+502) 2331-0273

We focus on the most vulnerable children by supporting them to break the cycle of poverty and leave this world a little better than we found it. Without being an organization with religious purposes, our work and our actions are inspired by the values ​​of the Gospel and the Mayan culture.

Women, Men, Girls, Boys, Indigenous peoples
Education, Children at risk, Family, Health, Entrepreneurship/Business, Environment, Water and sanitation, Development/Community infrastructure, Agriculture, Leadership/Capacitation, Volunteer/Sustainable travel
Chimaltenango (Santa Apolonia)

Organizational contacts & locations

Edwin Mendoza Hipp
Executive Director
(+502) 4545-1104
Darlene Jasso
Communication Coordinator
(+502) 3104-5728
Ilse Pineda
Logistics Coordinator
(+502) 4769-8643
Avenida Las Américas 5-32, 
Zona 13
Guatemala City, 
Edif. Suites Casa Blanca

Mission, vision & values


To be instruments of God's love by providing food, medical care and education to children who suffer from malnutrition and extreme poverty in Guatemala.


To save the lives of the most vulnerable children and help them reach their full potential so that they can break the cycle of poverty and contribute to the development of their communities.

We value compassion, justice, love, loq'olaj ruwach'ulew (caring for the earth because it gives life), tiqato'qi '(helping others and the community), k'awomanik (being grateful), and ri qäs qitzij pan ruq'ajarik qatzij (always speak the truth). * In kaqchikel (Mayan language)

Products, services, and programs


We have mobile school sinks, water filters, and nutritious food packets.


We offer health, nutrition and education services.


Our programs include workshops on health, nutrition and education.

Organizational detail

Number of employees: 
Private donations, Fundraising
Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

According to reports from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Guatemala ranks first in Latin America and sixth in the world in child malnutrition. Our programs are developed in Santa Apolonia, Chimaltenango (neighboring area to Tecpán), a municipality where 68.7% of children under 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition, thus placing it among the municipalities with the highest rates of malnutrition in the entire country. according to the National Food and Nutrition Security Information System of Guatemala (SIISAN).

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

Our health, nutrition and education programs are benefiting the Chuachún village, Santa Apolonia, a community made up of approximately 75 families, the direct beneficiaries being:

  • Mothers of families with children who suffer from malnutrition or at risk of malnutrition.
  • Children under 6 years of the mothers who belong to the program.
Impact measuring

We measure our impact through nutritional sweeps and evaluations that show behavioral change in family eating.

Organizational adaptations: 
Target population, Mission, vision and/or values.
Organizational adaptation details

Target population / Mission, vision and/or values

In the first years of its foundation, Pequeños Ángeles de María dedicated itself to the medical care of children with special needs. However, since 2020 Pequeños Ángeles de María reoriented its mission in health, nutrition and education programs with children from areas with high rates of malnutrition.

Short term objectives


Help restore the nutritional health of the largest number of children in Santa Apolonia.


Promote effective nutrition education.


Provide training and support so that mothers are successful in growing their own food and can feed their families properly.

Long term objectives


Extend the programs to other areas where there are high levels of malnutrition.


Offer early stimulation and preschool education programs.


Prevent malnutrition through educational programs with children, youth and adults.