ALDEA and Asociación BPD (ABPD) are sister organizations working together to address the principal needs of rural Mayan communities in the Department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Based in the US, ALDEA focuses primarily on advocacy, education, and fund development to support ABPD’s work in the field. On the ground in Guatemala, ABPD engages in grassroots development initiatives in Kaqchikel villages, working with local families to mitigate the devastating impacts of poverty on children’s health.
Approximately 80 percent of the population in Chimaltenango is indigenous Kaqchikel. Throughout Guatemala, social and economic marginalization has left indigenous communities worse off than the rest of the population. This pattern holds true in rural Chimaltenango where between 50 and 90 percent of Kaqchikel children are suffering the dire consequences of malnutrition. In 2012, ALDEA and ABPD developed a joint strategic plan to reduce the rate of chronic malnutrition among these children, putting a new generation on the road to health and well-being.
What do we believe?
Our Mission is to promote integrated development services that improve the well-being of families with limited resources, especially in rural Mayan areas.
Our Vision is that communities are empowered and capable of achieving sustainable, culturally pertinent and equitable development that guarantees their right to health and well-being.
Our Goal is to reduce childhood hunger and malnutrition in the communities where we work.
PARTNER with communities
SHARE skills and knowledge
BUILD strategic alliances
EVALUATE the work
SUSTAIN our mutual efforts for the long-term benefit of the people we serve