Having been with the organization since 2014, Arianne Peterson became ALDEA’s Executive Director in July 2019. She oversees all U.S.-based operations including administration, fundraising, communications, and outreach. Arianne holds an M.A. in English from the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota and a B.A. in anthropology from Arizona State University, where her interest in international development began with a semester spent studying in Thailand. She has also worked as an advocate for environmental, food justice, and anti-nuclear causes. Arianne lives with her family on a hobby farm in northern Wisconsin, where she enjoys outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, gardening, canoeing, and kayaking in her spare time.
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Over the last 13 years, we have installed 78 potable water systems, bringing clean running water to the homes of more than 56,000 families. We are so grateful for the support of donors like you who have ensured our partner communities will be able to drink potable water and practice good hygiene (especially frequent handwashing), stay in their homes, and help stop the spread of the dangerous coronavirus disease during this unprecedented time.
Even though our regular programming has been put on hold, our work continues. We are still able to receive mail at our New York address, but we anticipate possible delays in our mail and check deposit services in the weeks ahead. If you would like to give, we encourage you to donate online at ALDEAguatemala.org, through the Facebook “donate” button, or by electronic transfer if possible until the situation stabilizes. For more information on electronic giving options, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 929-274-3098.
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Dairy goats are an important part of our food security program, and their milk is providing essential nutrition as communities are isolated. Many families even name their goats! If this goat was yours, what would you name her? Let us know in the comments. ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
UPDATE: While we are unable to physically visit our partner communities right now, ALDEA and Asociación BPD’s work to support health and well-being continues.
Every day, ABPD staff members call each of the women serving as health promotors in our partner communities to check in, and they have been reaching out to other leaders and past community partners, too. So far, people are doing well considering the circumstances, and we’re making sure they have the information they need to help them stay safe.
Yesterday, they received a photo of a family garden harvest from a promotor in the community of Xiquín Sanahí, where we are in our first year of partnership. She wrote, “Because of the support we’ve received from ABPD, my people will not go hungry during this quarantine. Thank you.”
It is clear that while our regular programming is suspended for now, in many ways our work is carried forward by our partners themselves. This speaks to the power of empowerment as the cornerstone of our approach, and it shows that even our first-year communities have already increased their ability to be resilient in the face of a crisis like this one. ... See MoreSee Less