We will be going LIVE for a virtual site visit to one of our rural Guatemalan partner communities for #GivingTuesday, November 27th!
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this exciting opportunity to see our work in action! We understand not everyone can travel to Guatemala, so we're thrilled to offer you the opportunity to interact with our programs and partners from home. Check back here for updates - we'll share the exact time and other details on this page as they become available.
UPDATE: The live stream will start at 10 a.m. Guatemala/Central time. That's 8 a.m. Pacific, 9 a.m. Mountain, and 11 a.m. Eastern. The recording will also be posted on our page so those who can't join us live can watch it later. ... See MoreSee Less
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We'd like to introduce our new partner communities: Chajalajyá, Palamá, Palima, and Xecoxol, all in the municipality of Tecpán in rural Guatemala. These families have been busy over the last two months since we began our grassroots development journey together, and they're off to a great start!
Our initial assessment showed that on average, nearly 7 out of every 10 children under two in these villages are suffering from chronic malnutrition. We expect to reduce this rate through our infrastructure and nutrition programs. We've already begun trainings in agriculture and nutrition, and families have started planting gardens as a source of nutritious produce. We delivered 100 dairy goats to families with young children, and as the goats reproduce their female offspring will be shared until everyone has access to this consistent source of quality protein. One community, Chajalajyá, has even started work on the safe, efficient stoves that will replace indoor cooking fires, improving air quality and decreasing the need for firewood.
We have also begun our community mobilization activities to develop leadership skills, especially among women and youth, that will enable them to better identify and address current and future development challenges. Community members have chosen their peers who will be trained as promotors to lead and eventually take over full responsibility for the programs we've started together.
These four communities still have a lot to accomplish before achieving their dream of a healthier future for their children. Show them your support by making a gift today at aldeaguatemala.org/donations/! ... See MoreSee Less