“This Guatemala group is not from outside, it is not from government, it is of the people, built on relationships with local governing councils and health and education officials.” 

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About Los Buenos Vecinos

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Their products are simple, scaleable, and sustainable; tippy tap home wash stations; Tippy Taps large scale handwash stations for schools and public places, and water filters currently in pilot phase. 

The group LBV is located in the busy, friendly, authentic town of San Andres Itzapa. Chicken busses grind early and late to the sweatshops of Guatemala City. Itzapa is only 15 miles from the World Heritage City of Antigua, but a world apart. Here, work horses outnumber pickup trucks, plodding nearly the daily round trip to the fields. The population, 87% Keqikal Mayan, are mostly campesinos, day laborers in surrounding corporate farms. The municipal district of San Andres Itzapa includes 10 mountain villages where most people are subsistence farmers. Average family income is about $4.50 per day. Nearly three fourths of the children are malnourished which causes physical and cognitive stunting. Malnutrition here is caused by diarrhea which is caused by bad water and sanitation. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children under 6 years. Children with chronic diarrhea do not attend school.  It is in those Pacific crest villages The Good Neighbors find the greatest needs.

Since their inception in March of 2020, Los Buenos Vecinos  has provided 875 tippy taps to homes in seven mountain communities.

ORGANIZATION BUENOS VECINOS

San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

USA

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