The community of Asodisa has graduated

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In 2019, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Asodisa has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Asodisa community is located in the Chimaltenango area of Guatemala. The region is home to many small, rural highland settlements. The landscape is natural and wild, with hills, plateaus, and gorges. Forests cover 80% of the land. At lower elevations, the climate is semi tropical, and families experience tropical storms and hurricanes. At the higher elevations, the climate is cold and prone to frosts in the winter months. Families here are mostly subsistence farmers, growing corn, black beans, and vegetables.

Almost everyone here is of native Maya-Kaqchikel descent, and 90% of the population still speaks Kaqchikel. About half of this number speak Spanish as well. The residents are known for their earthenware pots and tortilla pans, which are sold all over Guatemala. Women here weave beautiful textiles on looms. Their products are usually sold cheaply to middlemen, although their work is made into elaborate clothing that is sold the world over. Despite the talents of families here, the area is considered the poorest in Chimaltenango. 77% of families are considered poor, and 20% are extremely poor. Children continue to suffer as parents, mostly fathers, have to migrate in search of work.
People in Asodisa are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:  

  • 25 schools were renovated and 6 child development centres provide kids under five with a strong foundation for their education.
  • Dropouts are now just 1% in Asodisa, well below the national average of 4.7%.
Health and Nutrition
  • 134 volunteers, 18 guide mothers and medical staff were all trained in family health—parents now make better use of health services when their children fall sick.
  • 95% of families consume safe drinking water.
  • 80% of families have improved their food supply.
  • Families have found new sources of income through business ventures in beekeeping, coffee and food production, helping them provide for their children.
  • 1,599 children are involved in reading programs at 18 local schools. They participate in an annual reading festival that celebrates literacy.
*Results for this community updated for 2019

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Asodisa has completed Phase 3 in 2019.

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!