PARTNERING WITH RURAL GUATEMALANS TO IMPROVE HEALTH & WELL-BEING

OUR COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO REDUCING CHRONIC CHILDHOOD MALNUTRITION IN MAYAN COMMUNITIES IS DESIGNED FOR LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS.

More than half of all Guatemalans live in poverty, and the country has the 6th highest rate of malnutrition in the world. Poverty is even more severe and pervasive in indigenous rural communities, affecting 4 out of every 5 people, and the prevalence of chronic childhood malnutrition ranges from 50 to 90 percent. Chronic childhood malnutrition causes physical stunting and cognitive impairments that prevent children from reaching their full potential.

ALDEA employs a community-led development approach that targets chronic childhood malnutrition while building our rural Guatemalan partners’ capacity to address future challenges on their own. We work together to install basic water and sanitation infrastructure, implement nutrition and sustainable agriculture initiatives, and ensure everyone in the community—including women and youth—has a voice in the decision-making process.

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community-wide potable water systems installed
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dairy goats delivered
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women graduated from empowerment training
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families who have improved health
village, landscape, nature, house, building
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communities strengthened
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Our Founder

Dr. Carroll Behrhorst believed in the power of rural Guatemalans to address health and development issues themselves. He was an innovative leader whose pioneering approach to healthcare and community development earned global recognition.

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Asociación BPD

ALDEA’s sister organization in Guatemala, ABPD, carries out our shared mission to promote integrated development services that improve the well-being of families with limited resources, especially in rural Mayan areas.

“The point of (our work) is to seek measures that create and activate a community, rather than leave it passive and waiting. Real change requires patience and commitment.”

- Dr. Carroll Behrhorst, ALDEA founder

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