The community of Asodisa has graduated

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:  

Child Protection
  • 11 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 34 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 5 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 515 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 610 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 1,628 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 125 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 284 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 30 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • This community has a disaster risk reduction plan in place to help all be prepared in the case of a natural disaster
  • 149 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 5 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 508 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 111 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Asodisa

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.


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!