Will you join us in raising $50,000 this spring so families can build healthier futures in rural Guatemala?
On April 24, 2017, José, Paco, and Jessica (left; climbing, and at the summit of Volcán Zunil last year) will complete their third, and hardest physically challenging fundraiser to date! They will hike 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 will be their most difficult feat yet! In just 10 hours, they will hike 50K (that’s 30.1 miles) starting at an altitude of about 7,000 feet, with steep ascents and descents throughout the trip. While the Walk will be difficult, our hikers are 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. We’ll use the map below to show our progress, highlighting 1 kilometer for every $1,000 raised.
Our Progress: $15,557 of $50,000 raised so far!
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 need your help to make this 50K to $50K Walk to Support Mayan Communities a success! Please give what you can using the donation form below and encourage your friends and family to support our walkers and our communities.