- La Trompeta was founded 55 years ago by four Maya Kaqchikel families. Since then, the village has grown to 175 families.
- The community grew very quickly, with several families comprised of 6-10 or even up to 14 members, but many of the children and women died because of poor conditions and lack of access to resources.
- The village is located almost nine miles from the county seat of Patzún. The community has always had very strong committees. As a result, 75 percent of their road is paved.
- The first infrastructure built in La Trompeta was its primary school, which still offers education from pre-school through sixth grade. Construction started in 1974, and the school was completed in 1980 (the project was delayed by the 1976 earthquake damage).
- La Trompeta’s name comes from its borders, which form the shape of a trumpet. The land where the village is located was originally a farm named “La Trompeta.”
- For medical services, people need to travel 1.25 miles to the village of El Sitio. The community does not have access to public transportation, so villagers have to walk.
- There’s no access to safe water in La Trompeta. Some families do have artesian wells and others go to a river nearby to wash their clothes and take a bath. Unfortunately the river is contaminated by the other communities upstream.
- The community has had electricity service for 28 years.
- The families from La Trompeta are mainly engaged in subsistence agriculture, producing corn and beans for their own consumption, without a surplus that they can sell.
When we began working with La Trometa in July 2015, 75 percent of the community’s children under five suffered from chronic malnutrition. We expect to see reductions in these rates in the coming months, as the programs of our integrated approach are completed.
Integrated Approach to Development: La Trompeta’s Progress to Date
- Community Mobilization and Empowerment: In Progress (Began July 2015 with completion expected June 2017)
- Nutrition: In Progress (Began July 2015 with completion expected June 2017).
- Water, Sanitation & Hygiene: We began implementing the sanitation projects—latrines, stoves, and gray water filters—in March 2016, with completion expected in August 2016. Right now there is not a water source identified by the community that can be used to build a water system.
- Food Security (Sustainable Agriculture): In Progress (Began July 2015 with completion expected June 2017)
- Family Planning: In Progress (Began July 2015 with completion expected June 2017)
- Disaster Risk Reduction: In Progress (Began March 2015 with completion expected July 2017)
“My family has lived in poverty for a long time but now we know that being poor is not a reason for malnourishment of my 6 children. I still cook over an open fire and my children and I suffer the effects of the smoke. My husband is a day laborer but does not always get a job. The worst problem we suffer is the lack of water.
Thanks to the training we get from ABPD/ALDEA staff, now we know how to feed our children appropriately, the importance of hygiene and about our rights as women.”
– Vitalina Xico, 38 (August 2015)