The photography showcased in ‘Inside indigenous Guatemala’ presents different aspects of daily life of the indigenous peoples of the Lake Atitlán region through an intimate and ethic vision of photography. The photographs of this project show simple faces with complex stories, moments between the photographer and the indigenous people, with a heavy past, trying present and uncertain future. This is a committed look into the work that Mayan Families, a 501 (3)(c) nonprofit organization, does to help.
In Guatemala, indigenous families face extreme poverty and harsh living conditions. The chronic malnutrition rate for children under 5 is the fourth highest in the entire world. Guatemala is one of the 36 countries which account for 90% of stunting in the world. Chronic malnutrition in indigenous areas is 69.5%. 53% of the population lives in poverty, and 13 percent in extreme poverty according to the World Health Organization.
These are the statistics that Mayan Families takes on in their mission to help indigenous Guatemalans through education, nutritional support, basic shelter and medical care. The driving inspiration behind the photographs of Brendan James and Juan Haro, is to showcase the reality of rural Guatemala through the power of photography.