AGDI (Asociación Guatemalteca de Desarrollo Integral) was formed in 1969 as the result of local initiative. They work in the areas of health
care and education. AGDI has a board whose foremost member and director is Vitalino Cuca. In close cooperation with Flor Ayuda AGDI plans
and develops projects and manages the implementation. Occasionally Vitalino Cuca visits the Netherlands to consult with donors and the
fundraising Administrators. He writes us about the dreams, the courage and the perseverance of AGDI: Dreams ... ... ... and what became a reality!
"It started in El Milagro, one of the earliest slums at the edges of canyons in the capital of Guatemala City (sometimes referred to as the belts
of misery). We came together as a group of troubled neighbors to discuss what we could do about the degrading living conditions. Our first success
was the help from a volunteer doctor who worked for four hours each week. Thanks to help from abroad, there is now a small clinic offering basic
care at an affordable price for local residents. Health care stations have also been established in rural areas. "
Clean drinking water
"AGDI drinking water projects started in 1975. There was no public or drinking water. After many years of searching and begging,
financial aid has come from Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands. Clean drinking water is now available in El Milagro, Lo de Bran,
Chahal and Sacoj. Cooperatives manage these facilities. "
And ... the education
"Lack of education is a major obstacle towards progress. Since 1998 Flor Ayuda has contributed to building seven schools. A small class in our garden eventually led to an elementary school, the "Escuela Dr. Bloem" as well as a school for vocational technical education, the "Instituto Tecnológico Dr. Bloem". Each year these schools educate 750 children ages three to twenty. Half of the students are girls, also at the vocational school. In addition, we organize women courses. All are offered the opportunity to amass knowledge and to earn a certificate enabling them to provide for themselves and their families. "
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