The CIA World Factbook ranked Guatemala as the last Country in Central America for education last year, and says: “Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America with a GDP per capita roughly one-half that of the average for Latin America and the Caribbean. The agricultural sector accounts for nearly 15% of GDP and half of the labor force. More than half of the population is below the national poverty line and 15% lives in extreme poverty. 43% of children under five are chronically malnourished, one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. 56.2% of the population live below the poverty line. 3.2% of GDP is spent on Education, ranking Guatemala as the 125th in % of GDP spent on Education and Children are not expected to attend school past 11 years of age.” Furthermore, Guatemala, like many other developing Countries is ridden with trash; plastic bottles, food scraps, and the waste from consumer products line the streets, rivers, lakes, and fields. Most families burn their garbage, exposing small children to toxic fumes, and polluting the air that we all breathe. But…there is much room for improvement, and many dedicated people working to change the conditions here for the better. Guatemala has nearly ten times as much biodiversity as Australia, and has eight unique bioregions. Protecting these incredible natural resources is of the utmost importance, and it all needs to start with the people here, and education.