Trócaire was set up in 1973 as a charity to express the concern of the Irish Catholic Church for the suffering of people living in the world’s poorest regions. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; where basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; where people have control over their own lives and those in power act for the common good. Trócaire works with local and church partners to support communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America & the Middle East with a focus on food and resource rights, women's empowerment and humanitarian response.
Trócaire began working in Guatemala in the 1980s during the worst moments of the country’s civil war. Trócaire supported thousands of Guatemalan refugees who had fled the violence and were living in camps throughout Mexico and Honduras at this time. The country office was established in 2001. Since then, strong partnerships were developed with local organisations to improve livelihoods, governance, and emergency response in the country.