When I Grow Up has been working in Guatemala since 2009 with Jake and Renee Harding. They have been working with a children’s program and a feeding program for children who suffer from under-nutrition.
In May 2010, they began working on land rights and true freedom for the people of the Las Mercedes community. The people of this community have no school, no land rights, and no recognition. Jake and Renee are working with the community leaders to try to attain land rights for the people of Las Mercedes.
In November 2012, Jake and Renee moved back to Reedley, CA and WIGU began a new relationship with Jose Armas and his organization Esperanza para Guatemala.
In January 2013, Esperanza para Guatemala began working to serve breakfast to 200 children who live in Zone 18, the most violent area of Guatemala City. They have also been linking with local schools, serving 1200 people, and using it as a tutoring center.
In May 2013, Jose began a new location on the border of Zone 18 calling it City of Hope. The goal is to build a school as well as several income generating enterprises to make the community self-sustaining.