In Guatemala, most rural communities do not have basic services such as potable water, electricity, health, education, and other government services. However, historically the same communities have known how to create and manage their own systems to cover their basic needs. Though it was founded in 1975, Blanca Flor still does not have electricity, which is why they’re looking for funds for their solar panel project.
The community of Blanca Flor has a very interesting organizational history, and this isn’t the only project the community is working on. Less than ten years ago, they founded an association registered with the Guatemalan government for the development of the community. The organization's members have since managed several projects, from rainwater collection (they don’t have drinking water), to repairing the road that leads to the community.
They are currently looking for funding to buy land and build the association's office, since currently they have a temporary office built of wood and on a family’s land. They are also working on a fruit tree project for families, with the aim of contributing to the economy through the sale of native fruits.
In April of this year, the Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, with the support of donors, and in coordination with the Ancestral Plurinational Government Q'anjob'al, Chuj and Akateko, was able to donate computer equipment to Blanca Flor, which it runs with a gasoline generator. This support has facilitated the preparation and printing of necessary documents without having to travel to the municipal seat as they used to have to do.
Thanks to the generous donation of several people through the GlobalGiving platform, it has been possible to direct this type of support to developing and remote communities. This support, without a doubt, promotes community development, which will help guarantee a dignified life.