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Agroamerica distributes books to public schools in San Marcos

Agroamerica distributes books to public schools in San Marcos

Guatemala, February 2012. Agroamerica is supporting the Ministry of Education with the delivery of mathematics, communications, and language arts textbooks to first, second and third grade students in public schools in the Department of San Marcos.

Rodrigo Perera, president of Agroamerica Transportation Unit said it is important for the company to support education in the country: “Delivering the books as quickly as possible is critical for the beginning of the school year. We?re happy to be able to help schools in San Marcos get their books on time.”

Tere Ligorría, director of USAID/Alianzas, said that one objective of her institution is to involve private firms in social development, and she thanked Agroamerica for its collaboration. “The firms that helped out with book distribution are showing a real spirit of collaboration towards meeting our country’s goals by delivering quality educational inputs to students throughout the country.”

President Otto Pérez Molina stated that any sacrifice made in the name of education is an effort that will be recognized by all Guatemalans, especially children. “I thank companies for supporting education in Guatemala: the books being distributed will benefit thousands of children. This effort is possible thanks to the teamwork of a Group made up of 79 sectors including entrepreneurs, foundations, non-governmental organizations and individuals.

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They Now Have Clean Water

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Guatemala, February 2012. As part of the project “Water is life” Agroamerica, together with UNICEF, the COCODE (local community development council), the Tiquisate Health Center and concerned mothers, helped clean 180 water wells in the San Francisco Madre Vieja community and 80 in Huitzitzil village, in Escuintla province. With this work inhabitants of the mentioned communities now have clean and safe water.

Madre Vieja COCODE President Ernesto Telón thanked the assistance provided by the different organizations. “When we approached Agroamerica we did not doubt they would help us. We are very happy to have done this work which will help us prevent many diseases”, he commented.
The goal of this project was to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases from drinking contaminated water in the communities around Agroamerica. Training on preventive health targeting families and community leaders were also part of the project, along with teaching people how to improve water quality.

“With the help of Agroamerica we have been able to train more people in the area of preventive health. Working as a team we have reached more people. This alliance will help us transform people to give them a better quality of life”, said environmental sanitation inspector Eddy Tábora.

Dr. Edwin Hernández, Director of the Tiquisate Health Center added that thanks to the association with Agroamerica, the “Water is Life” project has advanced. “I congratulate the company owners for doing this for the communities, who need a lot of assistance, especially in the area of health” he said.

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