Community Development
Forming leaders and strengthening community self-management to help individuals, families, and communities advance and improve continuously.
The best way to foster community development is to train leaders in self-management.
We keep a strong and permanent relationship with the leaders of the communities around us, ensuring constant dialogue and exchanges and following up on the many programs we work on together.
We train and accompany community leaders in an effort to promote and improve self-management. We work hand-in-hand with them to identify their communities’ priorities and find the solutions that are best adapted to their conditions, traditions, and goals.
We promote leadership and dialogue
Few of the communities where we work have adequate public infrastructure such as plumbing, electricity, roads, sewers, and wastewater systems. As part of our commitment to them, we are supporting community leaders to improve this situation by assisting them in creating community work committees and helping with the management process with the corresponding authorities.
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Programs

 
A leader’s most important quality is his or her commitment to the welfare and future of their community.
In order to ensure this, we work hand in hand with 167 leaders from 24 Senahú communities, supporting their training and offering assistance in different efforts aimed at developing their communities.

In this way, we foster leadership and guide communities as they identify priorities and boost the development of their projects. At the same time, we encourage the participation and integration of women and young people in the processes: as the community finds itself with more and better leaders, it will have greater possibilities of developing its projects in a sustainable way.
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Currently there are still many rural communities in Guatemala that lack drinking water services.
Through our diagnostic tools, we identify the most viable technical solutions for bringing drinking water to these communities. We are currently supporting community leaders in this task, seeking to bring water to 6 communities and benefiting 3,284 people.
Additionally, with the support of allies such as the German Cooperation, we are supporting the communities with the installation of rainwater collection systems. These systems have been installed in 65 homes and 10 schools in twelve communities.
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Access to many communities in rural Guatemala is very difficult due to the poor condition of many roads. Some communities lack roads altogether.
In the municipality of Senahú, where populations are widely dispersed, a lack of roads further complicates the relationships among communities, affecting their opportunities to engage in commerce and respond to emergencies, among other things.
We work together with the communities, organizing road committees and providing tools and training to give maintenance to more than 25 kilometers of roads. Thanks to these efforts, 8 communities and more than 5,000 inhabitants have benefited so far from roads that are properly maintained.
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The municipality of Senahú is one of the places in Guatemala with the least access to electric power service.
Many families lack electrical appliances and use candles and open fires to light their homes.

Our diagnostic tool has helped us determine the most viable way to bring electricity to the 24 communities with which we work. We assist community leaders as they manage these projects with the corresponding institutions.
This is how the “Illuminating the progress of our communities” project emerged. It is the first rural electrification program carried out with public-private participation by Fundación Trece Aguas. The project was executed in collaboration with the National Institute of Electrification (INDE) and was funded in part by Grupo Secacao. Thanks to our successful project “Illuminating the progress of our communities”, more than 24 kilometers of distribution lines were installed, bringing electricity to more than 400 families in 10 communities.
Additionally, in an effort to complement the project and ensure its long-term sustainability, 30 community members were trained as electrical technicians. They are currently in charge of dealing with installation and electrical repairs in their communities.
New communities emerge every year, and we work with them to identify the best ways in which to provide them with electricity.
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Explore our other focus areas

 
Health
Focus on primary care
Education
Better schools and developing teachers
Economic Development
Programs that activate the local economy
 
Health
Focus on primary care
 
Education
Better schools and developing teachers
 
Economic Development
Programs that activate the local economy