About Us

We are a non-governmental, non-profit organization that develops prevention programs for children and adolescents from 4 to 17 years old who are at high risk of getting lost in the streets (gangs, violence, vices, drugs, etc). We operate in zone 18 of Guatemala City.

The moment we identified the crude reality in which children from marginalized areas of the country live, we decided not to cross our arms and do something proactive for this generation. That is how Go Guatemala began.

Our Story

At the beginning of 2009, the Méndez Francia family was going through a very strong security crisis due to extortion threats. In desperation they wanted to leave the country, but one day, asking God for wisdom, they received the divine revelation that they should raise a generation of different children and do a work of love for children living in red areas due to the proliferation of gangs.

In their hearts was born the desire that the crisis they lived through would not happen to someone else, which is why they decided to start the work of prevention in children and adolescents.

The Mendez Francia

Pastors Alex and Evelyn Méndez are the founders of Go Guatemala. They have been working with children for 32 years. When they were teenagers, God delivered them from a life of perdition and since then they serve the Lord with all their hearts.

As a family they accepted God’s call for the children of Zone 18, thus founding Go Guatemala on May 2, 2009. The first day they opened their doors, they served 16 children, and today at the end of 2023, they have 120 children enrolled.

Volunteer Team

The first members of our volunteer team were friends and family of Pastors Alex and Evelyn, with whom they found an echo to start with. Within a few weeks, more people joined the challenge to love children and work altruistically.

As the years have passed, the same children who have grown up, who are now teenagers, collaborate in the development of our activities. We are very grateful to them for being part of this great task of bringing hope for a better future to the children’s hearts.