Community Life:

  • Pachaj was founded 80 years ago. Since then, the village has grown to 50 families.
  • 100 percent of the population are evangelicals and 98 percent of them are indigenous.
  • The village is located almost 1.8 miles from the county seat of Santa Apolonia.
  • There is no school at the village. Students have to walk to Santa Apolonia to receive classes.  There approximately 40 children who walk from their village to school.
  • Pachaj’s name means “among pine trees.”
  • For medical services, people need to travel to Santa Apolonia, using public transportation which is available twice a week.
  • The community has had electric service for 15 years.
  • Roads are 80 percent unpaved (in good condition) and 20 percent are paved.
  • The families from Pachaj are mainly engaged in subsistence agriculture, producing corn and beans for their own consumption. They also plant potatoes, peas, carrots and strawberries that represent a livelihood for families.

Integrated Approach to Development:

We began our partnership with Pachaj in July 2016, and in June 2018 they completed our programs, including:

  • Community Mobilization and Empowerment: Complete
  • Nutrition: Complete
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene:  Complete
  • Food Security (Sustainable Agriculture): Complete
  • Family Planning: Complete 
  • Disaster Risk Reduction: Complete

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