Community-based Environmental Sustainability Initiatives in Guatemala: Gaining Access to Safe Water

By Angelina I. T. Kiser.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Developing countries have a long history of a lack of access to clean water and sanitation. According to the United Nations 2006 Human Development Report, 1.2 billion people are without access to safe water, half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related diseases, and almost 2 million children die yearly due to a lack of clean water and sanitation. Guatemala, a developing country located in Central America, is no exception. A 2009 UNICEF report indicated that only 34.2% of Guatemala’s rural population has access to safe water. The lack of safe drinking water and sanitation has led to the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. The researcher in this study reported on three community-based water initiatives in Guatemala that are attempting to make in-roads on improving water quality: 1) Community Water Initiative in Tzucubal, 2) Water for People in Quiche, and 3) the Rotary Club Water Project in Chimaltenango. Each project sought to improve the water in a community where potable water was not readily available. The project initiatives, methods, and impacts are provided.

Keywords: Guatemala, Safe Water Initiatives, Potable Water, Community-based Water Projects

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.91-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 784.862KB).

Dr. Angelina I. T. Kiser

Department Chair, HEB School of Business and Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, USA

Dr. Angelina Kiser is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair in the HEB School of Business and Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, USA. She teaches management courses to undergraduate students and has traveled to Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala conducting various research projects. While in Guatemala, Dr. Kiser visited with coffee farmers in Santa Anita as well as several NGO’s in Antigua. She has investigated the living conditions in Guatemala and organizations that are trying to improve its economy. Her research interests include globalization, ethics, and diversity.


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