Grandmother volunteers run the Child Protection Hotline for the nonprofit, Plan Guatemala, in the department of Jalapa.
There, sexual abuse of children used to be a taboo subject and beating was considered normal discipline.
Only the grandmothers had the time, patience and compassion to handle Hotline calls, plus the judgment to understand whether victims needed attention from the hospital or the police. For six years, the grandmothers have also taught good parenting. The women describe their lives, work, hopes and dreams in Grandmother Power.