GUATEMALA – Better education, healthcare and infrastructure are some of the major improvements benefiting almost 10,000 inhabitants of a Guatemalan village, thanks to a project permitting the development of 25 social works with an investment of more than $2 million.
The initiative, developed over the last four years in the indigenous village of Tzununa by the Castillo Cordova Foundation, the charitable branch of the Cerveceria Centro Americana S.A. brewery, has benefited thousands of people who today have high quality healthcare and education facilities plus a new road system.
When the charitable organization got started in 2012 with this project, it found that almost 90 percent of the local population was living in poverty, and of those, 42.3 percent suffered conditions of extreme poverty.
For that reason the Castillo Cordova Foundation, as it recalled Friday in a statement, went to work on a “modern, fully equipped” medical center, a pharmacy, laboratories, clinics, an exercise and nutrition center, three training microcenters with courses in hygiene and healthcare, and five schools for children, among others.
With the support of other organizations that shared in this project from the beginning, it was also possible to structure the Distance Secondary Institute of Basic Education at Tzununa, in order to give students a grounding in technology.
The works are enormously important, but so is creating awareness and training for a better future and quality of life. For that reason the foundation has organized groups of volunteers to clean the streets and improve the area’s image, a pursuit complemented with the installation of a sewage system, new sidewalks and the installation of almost 300 latrines, more than 550 wood stoves and 540 water-purifying filters.
The Cordova Castillo Foundation, a private organization founded in 1990 by Cerveceria Centro Americana S.A. sets itself the goal of executing policies of social responsibility aimed at improving the quality of life of the Guatemalan population by means of education, humanitarian aid in high-risk situations and natural disasters, plus many other projects.