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 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 
Tuesday, 02 September 2014

The last six months: The first half of 2014 came to a close with the completion of the first year of intervention in four communities in Patzún and Santa Apolonia.  We implemented our entire integrated approach in Saquiyá and Chuachun, and our results are fantastic!  We are proud to share with you that after only one year, the rate of chronic childhood malnutrition has been reduced by 20 percent in Saquiyá and 13 percent in Chuachun.  Communities are organized and on the road to better health, and sustainable development!  We have also achieved a stunning decline in  Chuacacay and Xepatán, whose water projects will be implemented in the coming year.   

Chronic malnutrition rates are decreasing because our approach is guided by our understanding that empowered communities best lead their own development processes; when people become their own agents of change, healthier, stronger communities emerge. 

Today: Our partnership with Mayan communities has demonstrated that the rate of childhood malnutrition can be decreased via our integrated approach that includes: empowering women and youth; the practice of exclusive breastfeeding for children younger than six months of age; access to a diversified diet; water in the home; adequate conditions of sanitation infrastructure; and the spacing and number of children in families. 

The future: Young leaders are coming forward and have developed their own environmental programs, understanding that their generation will lead the charge for ecological sustainability and change.  We are proud of the youth that participate in our programs, and move forward of their own initiative!

 

We are making a difference with our Mayan partners, and we have more communities that ready to go.  With your support, we can do this!

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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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