The first celebration was an ambitious 50K walk to raise $50,000. The physically challenging walk began in a partner community of Patzún, ending in Santiago Atitlán. Intrepid hiker Paco Enriquez, ABPD executive director, said that this walk was a “way to express solidarity with women in communities in which we work, who each day exert tremendous strength in order to carry water and firewood for hours for the well-being of their families.”
In June, the Antigua Celebration gathered friends from far and near, to celebrate together.
In the Fall, It Takes a Village, a documentary about ALDEA’s work, was produced by the Visionaries Public Television series.
As Jonathan Maupin, ALDEA’s vice president, stated as we celebrated, “ALDEA celebrates longevity as well as continuity in purpose.” Patricia O’Connor, board president, added, “And we keep learning, with our most important teachers being villagers themselves.”
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ALDEA Celebrates 50 Years. Sue Patterson. Revue Magazine. 2017.
ALDEA: It Takes a Village (2017). Video documenting village development, focusing on women’s empowerment. Produced by The Visionaries, a public television series. (27 minutes).
ALDEA’s 50th Anniversary: Jonathan Maupin ALDEA vice president. Video.
ALDEA’s 50th Anniversary: Patricia O’Connor ALDEA president. Video.
Fifty-Year Journey of a Health Care Clinic to Public Health Empowerment: The Behrhorst Model from Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Gordon Starkebaum. 2017.