2013 Year in Review 
  • Installed 886 gray water filters to decrease wastewater 
  • Installed 938 latrines and provided training in hygiene, proper care of latrine, and safety for women’s needs
  • Installed 858 stoves and provided training in nutrition education, diversification of diet, and care for stove
  • 117 trainings in empowerment for women and youth on leadership, women‘s rights, and gender equity
  • Increased family planning use from 120 users to 242 (+102%)
  • 555 women attended trainings regarding nutrition and proper breastfeeding and weaning habits for children under two
  • Chronic malnutrition among children under 5 decreased from 43% to 14%
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for babies under 6 months increased from 58% to 100% (no signs of chronic maluntrition in babies exclusively breastfeeding)
  • 14% of women participate on local committees now (no participation prior to 2012)

 Quarterly Updates 
Monday, 24 February 2014

The fieldwork for the project began July 2013.  The Antigua Rotary Club, the mayor of San Martin Jilotepeque, community members and ABPD staff attended the opening ceremony to celebrate breaking ground on the project.  The engineering works for the water system is now complete!

This project benefits 275 families who are no longer drinking contaminated/dirty water.  Women and girls no longer need to make several daily trips to carry water from a distant source to their homes. 

Funds from the International Rotary Club covered the costs of installing 90 gray water filters and private funds funded an additional 180.  In total, 270 families and children will derive health benefits from the gray water filters which capture dirty runoff water, reducing exposure to germs and disease-carrying vectors. 

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Monday, 24 February 2014

We started working in these communities in June, 2013 and will be there for another 1.5 years.  With support from Feed the Dream, we are implementing out integral strategic plan to reduce chronic childhood malnutrition: water and sanitation, family planning, community empowerment and disaster risk reduction.

ABPD and the Santa Apolonia Health Center found a rate of chronic malnutrition of 69% in Chuacacay and 75% en Chuachun.  In the past six month, the communities have had great success!

  • 159 family gardens were established.
  • 58% of participants are using soil conservation techniques, and the 40% of the families have improved their production of corn and beans.
  • 102 families have goats.
  • 71% of the families have built or are using storage rooms for their corn and beans. This has reduced the 7% the losses of basic grains, what means more food available for the families during the year.
  • 78% of babies under 6 months are receiving exclusive breastfeeding, and none of these suffer from chronic malnutrition.
  • All mothers are weaning their babies between 6 and 8 months.
  • 88% of children under 2 years and over 6 months receive food enough times a day.

We will continue to work in these villages, fully implementing the water and sanitation components.  There is more work to be done, and we will be there!

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

75 Families now have potable water in the village of Encuentritos.  Thanks to economic assistance from the UK-based Guatemala Families Association, Catapult and the Municipality of Patzún, women and girls no longer have to walk several kilometers a day, suffering ill effects from carrying contaminated water to their homes. 

The women of this village were the impetus for building this system as they are the ones who labor to bring water to their families.  Access to potable water in the home not only creates healthier communities, but it allows women and girls more time for personal activities, school, studying, playing, or producing their own income. 


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Thursday, 13 February 2014
Indoor, open cooking fires causes respiratory illnesses and eye problems, especially in women and children who have the greatest exposure because they spend the most time in the kitchen.  Traditional, open stoves also use large quantities of firewood which contributes to deforestation and requires that women and children spend significant amounts of time each week fetching firewood.  In order to reduce these problems, Asociación BPD, with support from the Rotary Foundation, built 315 new stoves in the villages of Xepatán and Saquiyá.

The average CO level before the new stoves were installed in Saquiyá was 36.375 particles per million (ppm).  In Xepatán, the average amount of CO was 39 ppm.  The World Health Organization recommends levels between 3 and 9 ppm. 

Measurements were taken in the same homes after their new stoves were installed.  The readings were done at same time of day as the earlier readings.  The results show a significant reduction in CO in the kitchens to an average level of 6.18 ppm in Saquiyá and 5ppm in Xepatán.

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