Recently, I traveled to Guatemala to see the impact of ALDEA's work firsthand. Francisca Gonzáles Batz, an emerging leader from our partner community of Xesajcap II in Santa Apolonia, Guatemala, invited our group into her home. This video gives you a glimpse of what she told us.
For Francisca and her family, this new stove means even more than the ability to breathe easier; it also reduces their firewood use by half. Instead of gathering wood, Francisca can now spend more time growing food in her new garden with her daughter Esperanza (who is enjoying a home grown radish in the video).
Your support means so much to Francisca, Esperanza, and the hundreds of other people currently benefiting from our programs. Their stories are the reason I am joining my colleagues Paco and Jose in ALDEA's 50K for $50K Walk to Support Mayan Communities.
Here's the kind of difference* your support will make:
- $50 ($1/km) provides empowerment training to women and youth to become change agents and emerging leaders in their communities. - $100 ($2/km) buys a family a goat so their young children will benefit from the vitamins, nutrients, and protein in its milk. - $150 ($3/km) takes toxic smoke out of a home by installing a safe, efficient stove and training for its proper use and care. - $450 ($9/km) helps a family ward off illness and disease by supporting a clean drinking water system, a sanitary latrine, and training in hygiene. - $1,400 ($28/km) gives a family access to our full, two-year integrated program.
Let's keep making a difference with more families like Francisca's. Thank you!
- Jessica LaBumbard, ALDEA Executive Director
*Gifts made to ALDEA represent a gift to the entire mission. We use your gifts where they can do the most good by pooling them with the gifts of others to help transform entire communities. And, because you are helping our 501(c)3 non-profit organization fight chronic malnutrition, your gift is eligible for deduction under U.S. tax codes. ... See MoreSee Less
Our founder, Dr. Carroll Behrhorst, valued this advice (attributed to ancient philosopher Lao Tzu) and had this quote hanging in his Chimaltenango office. Doc found success fifty years ago through implementing this principle to strengthen Mayan communities, and it still guides our work today.
On June 18, we'll celebrate the past, present, and future of Doc's vision with a 50th Anniversary Dinner in Antigua, Guatemala. We have a wonderful evening planned, as well as a mini-tour and other opportunities to experience the local area - won't you join us?
Dinner reservation rates will increase after April 15th and hotels fill up fast, so make your plans as soon as you can. We're happy to help - please contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 205-4249. We hope to see you in June! ... See MoreSee Less