Past Projects

Tanhoc Project

The indigenous people of Tanhoc requested that Pueblo Partisans assist them in developing a project that would allow them to gain full legal title to their land. To accomplish this, Pueblo Partisans combined the community’s need for land security with a desire from all sectors of the community to improve their educational opportunities.

The project allowed for the capital-poor community of Tanhoc to earn land title for their agricultural co-operative through verifiable enhancement of residents’ level of education. This was carried out by establishing a school in Tanhoc.

Read more about the Tanhoc Project, which is now completed, after a final ceremony was held to pay down the concessional loan, on November 11, 2011 (read the story).

Nursing Student Delegations

Delegations of nursing students from Canada and the United States have participated in community work with Pueblo Partisans, in Guatemala.  These groups have come from:

Description of the practicum placements.

Women's health care in Guatemala, by Chris Nelson, RNP.

Letter from Dr. Juan Carlos Luis Chirgwin about his work with Pueblo Partisans in Guatemala.

Other Educational Work Experiences

Pueblo Partisans has conducted work-study tours to educate participants about social conditions in Guatemala. Groups that have participated in these tours include:

Advanced Sustainable Agroforestry Project - Comitancillo, Guatemala

Goals of the project:

  1. Development of an expanded and more advanced training program in agroforestry for farmers in the Comitancillo area. The training program focused not only on technical knowledge but also on building organizational capacity.

  2. Expansion of the use of organic and technologically appropriate cultivation techniques to improve the productivity of maize, beans, squash, wheat and potatoes, as well as other vegetables both traditional and introduced. Sustainable agricultural systems to be employed included inter-cropping of native nitrogen-fixing trees, and the development of community garden plots and water storage and distribution systems. Increased cultivation of native medicinal plants was also promoted by the project.

  3. Expansion of the current forestry program to increase the productive capacity of the existing tree nurseries, develop local seed collection and storage capacity, increase the areas reforested, expand the participants understanding of silviculture, inter-cropping, pest management, disease control and fire protection.

  4. Processing and commercialization of agricultural and forest products.

  5. Expansion of the farm credit program and initial development of community banks.

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Integrated Health Strategy - Comitancillo, Guatemala

Goals of the project:

  1. To achieve an enhanced practice of basic preventative and curative healthcare at the village level by delivering a training program to health promoters.

  2. To develop a capacity to monitor population health and co-ordinate responsive healthcare services through the establishment of a centralized health resource centre.

  3. To prompt collective popular responses to psycho-social health issues by means of the production and group facilitation of audio-visual materials.

  4. To affirm and standardize the therapeutic qualities of medicinal plants usage through research and educational.

  5. To foster the intentional co-existence of aboriginal and biomedical healthcare modalities through the conceptual development of a pluralistic nursing school.

  6. To demonstrate to community residents a therapeutic response to alcohol abuse through a multi-dimensional alcohol treatment program.

  7. To reduce domestic environmental pollutants through the introduction of appropriate technologies.

  8. To improve the prescription of biochemical medications by training staff in local commercial dispensaries.

  9. To meet the immediate needs of women and children in abusive domestic situations through the establishment of a legal advocacy and mediation program as well as a network of “safe houses”.

  10. To improve the popular capacity for self-care by means of a health literacy training program

Agroforestry Project - Comitancillo, Guatemala

This project has been working towards establishing a system of agricultural production and forestry management appropriate to Guatemalan Highland indigenous communities,  which is sustainable, self-sufficient and provides a higher standard and quality of life for residents. This project has successfully completed its first four-year phase.

Maya-Mam Women’s Association

The goal of establishing this association was to engage in a variety of educational and domestic production projects benefiting women of Comitancillo. Some of these projects included the learning of soap and jam making as well as the restoration of textiles/clothing and handicrafts production. particular attention has also been given to the health concerns of women, basic literacy, women’s rights, and democratic development. The Women’s Association functions today within AMMID.

Democratic Education Program

In a country beset by decades of military government, this program has fostered the experience at the village level of civic participation through popularly chosen community councils. The program, moreover, has developed Audio-visual productions on the status of women and domestic violence that have been widely projected and facilitated throughout the municipality.