Guatemala Valle del Polochic
$16,354 needed of $48,200
The Asociacion de Desarrollo Integral Polochic (ADIP) began in 1992 and its work focuses on preventive health, adult education, sustainable agriculture and leadership development in communities located in the remote Polochic region of Eastern Guatemala, which is often affected by natural disasters. The program is to scaling-up work started during the previous Guatemala Four Departments program.
During the past seven years, ADIP has been working with small scale farmers of the Q’eqchi’ communities of the Polochic Valley region, promoting sustainable agriculture and food security practices such as: soil conservation techniques, crop rotation and diversification, root processing, coffee and cardamom management, fish husbandry and root crop processing. During the current phase of the program, ADIP has expanded their work to include two new communities while continuing to work in four of the communities that were included in the previous program, and that have not yet reached the level of an ‘advanced community’.
The program’s goal is the transformational development of these six impoverished communities in rural Guatemala, through the implementation of trainings about sustainable agriculture using local resources. Much interest has been generated in the target communities for the trainings offered through this program, thanks to the achievements made over the last 6 years, but specifically in the last three years in which the partner integrated the agriculture program with the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) program and with the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) program, expanding its reach to a vulnerable target population: households with mothers and children between 0 to 2 years of age.
Community Success is Personal Happiness
Right about the time Angelina and her family were going through very tough times, local partner ADIP arrived in their community with an offer of training and support. Angelina says, “Nowadays I can see how lots of families that used to feel desperate like me are improving themselves and feeling hopeful.”
Just how did things change so much for her and her neighbors?
They live in a small settlement lacking in basic infrastructure like roads and potable water, on sloping, irregular land given to the families as severance from their longtime work on a coffee plantation. Angelina’s husband cultivates a small plot of land with corn or beans, but the family’s main source of income – barely enough to survive – comes from working on palm oil farms.
ADIP developed a relationship with the community’s leaders when they came to assess the situation in 2016. ADIP offered training in adult literacy, justice, community organization, preventative health and sustainable agriculture. Since agriculture is the main livelihood of the people in the community, all the hands-on practice on vegetable gardening, crop diversification, organic composting and hydroponics has made a big difference in their lives. Says Angelina, “I constantly participate. It is a new opportunity to be an example for future generations. Now I am seeing a change in my family, and those problems of food insecurity have been reduced. Not yet 100%, but we’re getting there.”
She continues, “They’ve encouraged us to work with unity, solidarity, equality, and justice, all important for achieving community transformation. We cannot pay for all this, but our gratitude is greater than what my words can express. God bless all the people behind making this possible!”
Guatemala Four Departments Program Led by World Renew and Various Local Partners
Note: Guatemala Four Departments is continuing as two separate programs – Guatemala Sayaxché and Guatemala Valle del Polochic