NATIK AS FISCAL SPONSOR: ANADESA

A New Dawn

 

We’re pleased to share the Natik has become a fiscal sponsor for ANADESA—Asociación Nuevo Amanecer Santiago Atitlán (Association of the New Dawn Santiago Atitlán).

ANADESA is a grassroots organization that offers education programs for children and adults. They also have a work program for women that creates jewelry, shampoo, and facilitates food preparation for international visitors. All ANADESA’S programs center on improving education and creating economic opportunity. Their goal is to build capacity; to educate the people of Santiago Atitlán so they will be able to support themselves and live healthy, happy, enriching, and fulfilling lives. 

The Adult Education Program was created to educate adults and youth in elementary and middle school. 

The Children’s Education Program gives after school help with reading, writing, and mathematics, and includes art, recreation, non-violence, hygiene, environment, and music as alternative to the temptations of drug addiction and violence.


ANADESA knows the only way to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala is through education.


During monthly meetings, participants also talk about family violence, HIV/AIDS, food security, health, and hygiene.

ANADESA maintains a tree nursery and large garden. Trees are planted to reduce the vulnerability of the communities to mud slides and as an expression of their respect for the environment. ANADESA also encourages and mentors families to cultivate their own vegetable gardens.

Between 1980 and 1990, the Guatemalan military occupied Panabaj during the thirty-six year civil war in Guatemala. In 1990, the town of Santiago Atitlán reclaimed their rights from the violent occupiers and peacefully demanded that the army vacate the premises immediately. As a result, thirteen people were assassinated. The Parque de la Paz commemorates the thirteen people who died that day.  In 2005, the fierce rains of Hurricane Stan provoked huge mudslides, destroying homes and killing two hundred and fifty people. ANADESA emerged in response to the need for reconstruction, helping many families relocate to a new community. The organization continues helping the area through programs in education, agriculture, and sustainable economic development.

Between 1980 and 1990, the Guatemalan military occupied Panabaj during the thirty-six year civil war in Guatemala. In 1990, the town of Santiago Atitlán reclaimed their rights from the violent occupiers and peacefully demanded that the army vacate the premises immediately. As a result, thirteen people were assassinated. The Parque de la Paz commemorates the thirteen people who died that day.

In 2005, the fierce rains of Hurricane Stan provoked huge mudslides, destroying homes and killing two hundred and fifty people. ANADESA emerged in response to the need for reconstruction, helping many families relocate to a new community. The organization continues helping the area through programs in education, agriculture, and sustainable economic development.