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 we believe?
We believe our partnerships with indigenous communities in impoverished regions of Guatemala transfer skills and knowledge that create the opportunity to improve the health and well-being of rural families.
Mayan communities are capable of achieving permanent, culturally relevant improvements in their health and well-being, while at the same time empowering future generations to live better lives.
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