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50K for $50K – Walk to Support Mayan Communities

Our walkers completed their 50K challenge on April 24!

We exceeded our 50K fundraising goal with $54,050 raised so far, and we’re still accepting donations. Thank you to everyone who made this a great success!

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On April 24, 2017, José, Paco, and Jessica (left, at the start of the 50K route and right, at the end) completed their third, and hardest physically challenging fundraiser to date! They hiked 50 kilometers from the municipality of  Patzún to the Peace Park in Santiago Atitlán, on the shores of Lake Atitlán. This group has climbed as many as 4 volcanoes in 3 days during past fundraisers, but this was their most difficult feat yet! In just 9.5 hours, they hiked 50K (that’s 31.5 miles) starting at an altitude of about 7,000 feet, with steep ascents and descents throughout the trip. While the Walk was difficult, our hikers were motivated to complete it in support of our partner communities, where women exert great strength every day carrying water and firewood for their families.

The Walk to Support Mayan Communities commemorates ALDEA’s 50th anniversary year while raising funds that will help our vital programs endure into the future. The map below shows the route, highlighting 1 kilometer for every $1,000 raised.

Why are we doing this? In rural Mayan communities in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, up to 90 percent of Maya Kaqchikel children under the age of five suffer from chronic childhood malnutrition. The funds raised through the 50K Walk will support these families in building a healthier future through our proven approach, which empowers them to direct and sustain their own development efforts.

We are still accepting donations to make this 50K to $50K Walk to Support Mayan Communities an even greater success! Please give what you can using the donation form below and encourage your friends and family to support our walkers and our communities.

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