PAVA is a nonsectarian, non-profit organization established in Guatemala in 1982. We work closely with rural communities in Chimaltenango, Guatemala to achieve long-term sustainable development through community-based programs and projects. PAVA is an acronym for “Programa de Apoyo a los Vecinos del Altiplano”, which translates into “Aid Program for Highland Communities”.
Our work began when we learned about the armed conflict’s devastating effects on the Guatemalan highland communities. Over the years, we have contributed to improve nutrition, infrastructure, and education in these communities.
In 2008, we decided to concentrate our efforts solely on education as we believe it is the core for change.
What we do
With over 30 years of experience working in projects in the Guatemalan highlands, we focus on the creation of a new model of community intervention through our Comunitecas. These are community libraries that represent a space that provides access to information, sharing, and education for all ages
We seek close cooperation with communities and local authorities to ensure the continuity and sustainability of our projects.
To improve the lives of rural families in Guatemala by creating libraries that evolve into centers for learning, empowerment, and community development.
Our Operating Staff implements our programs in the communities, coordinates the work of promoters and local communities’ boards of directors.
PAVA shapes promoters, young leaders in their communities, who work daily to encourage the Comunitecas in their villages. The purpose of PAVA to train these young people is not only to promote their personal development but that with their support, library centers and become an active part of communities.
Board of Directors
The Board is composed of volunteers and donors in Guatemala, with various profiles and interests, who contribute their time and expertise to the operation of programs and fundraising.
Promoters are young community leaders who help us support and promote the Comunitecas in their villages. Our purpose is to foster the Promoters’ personal development and leverage their support in order to make Comunitecas an active part of their communities.