A silence

THAT CHANGES LIVES

WE ARE FUNDAP

Development with Dignity

VISION

Eradicating Guatemala’s poverty through strategies based on equality, honesty, freedom, excellence, respect for dignity and democracy.

MISSION

We are a privately-owned voluntary foundation seeking to promote the development of low-income areas in the Republic of Guatemala, especially for those people who live in the rural areas of the highlands, by innovative projects avoiding patriarchy to guarantee
a better living standard. All of this under a sustainable development framework with absolute respect for human dignity, culture and traditions.

HISTORY

FUNDAP bases its actions on the motto “Development with Dignity”, which comprises respect for the human person, its culture and its traditions; actively participating in the fight against poverty

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

FUNDAP works around six strategic avenues that are supported by several units, creating a global system that ensures the fulfillment of its motto “Development with dignity.”

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

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BOARD OF MEMBERS

President
Francisco Roberto Gutiérrez Martínez

Vice-President
Jorge Arturo Gándara Gaborit

Secretary
Eunice Cecilia Martínez de Alvarado

Treasurer
Julio Romeo Bagur Cifuentes

Spokesman
Santos Rosales Angel

FOUNDING MEMEBERS

Rodolfo Paiz Andrade
Jaime Camhi Cappon

COORDINATION AND ADMINISTRATION COMMTTEE

 

Jorge Arturo Gándara Gaborit
Executive Director and Microcredit Program Manager

Julio Romeo Bagur Cifuentes
General Comptroller

Eunice Cecilia Martínez de Alvarado
Education and Healthcare Programs Manager

Santos Rosales Angel
HAE Programs Manager

Nancy Vanessa Elías Guzmán
Microcredit Program Submanager

Elsa Raquel Rivera López
HAE Programs Submanager

Angela Cristina Maldonado Rodríguez
Human Talent Management Coordinator

Raúl Ovalle Daródes
Internal Auditor

GLOBAL INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES

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COOPERATING PARTNERS

Throughout its 39 years of existence, FUNDAP has had the cooperation of more than 80 collaborating partners, who have participated actively in the execution of our projects.

ANNUAL LETTERS

Jorge

Letter from the President

BY: FRANCISCO ROBERTO GUTIÉRREZ MARTÍNEZ, APRIL 2021

The Foundation’s collaborators do not lose their humanistic commitment to service. This makes it possible to arrive early with effective solutions to the needs of users, guided, of course, under the banner of respect for the dignity of each person.

Jorge Gándara

Letter from the Executive Director

BY: JORGE ARTURO GÁNDARA GABORIT, APRIL 2021

I would like to begin the letter of the Memory of the Foundation’s Work by trying to take a look at what is happening and comparing what we have been doing and what we can do at the Foundation.

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Ing. Roberto Gutiérrez

In the previous Work Report (the year of 2019) I addressed the topic 'FUNDAP and technology,' indicating in it how since its inception -now almost 40 years ago-, the Foundation has used information and control technology as a means of making its work methods and processes effective, both internally and in the relationship with its beneficiaries and cooperators (the 'stakeholders'). It also mentioned that, added to this “cutting edge” technological vision, the Foundation's collaborators do not lose their humanistic commitment to service. This makes it possible to arrive early with effective solutions to the needs of users, guided, of course, under the banner of respect for the dignity of each person, as stated in the postulate that, as a motto, guides all of FUNDAP's action: 'Development with dignity.'

This institutional duality, technology and humanism, has been fundamental and strategic in the unfortunate year of 2020, in which the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the dynamics with which the world was advancing. Thus, it presented us with a new reality in which the mode of effort to serve has as its central objective, which is the preservation of the lives of all the beneficiaries and cooperators of the Foundation, a matter in which they are privileged over any other interest or purpose.

For FUNDAP, having the aforementioned antecedent, that is, with that clear vision for the value of life on any other matter, has been its central task. All this without neglecting to serve its users -with the restrictions that prudence indicates-, so that the effects due to the reduction of their income in productive activities, will not harm them beyond what has been possible to assist them with.
This is how emerging tasks were established for each of the Foundation's programs, always trying to put the health of internal collaborators first, and that of the beneficiaries and their families. From this account, even when there have been cases of contagion, we thank God that no lives have been lost within the ´FUNDAP FAMILY´.

During 2020 and even the first months of the new year of 2021, the Foundation's collaborators have worked -for the most part- from their homes; For this, they have been provided with the instruments and facilities necessary for their work. And when they have also conducted their work in their offices it has been with security protocols that have been rigorously monitored.

Education and health programs have been, for logical reasons, those that have received the most attention and support during the pandemic. Because of this, facilities have been provided so that children and young people who receive education and training, can do so remotely and with adequate accompaniment. The Foundation's medical clinics have also worked to guide families on the safety measures they must follow to avoid contagion. A particularly effective case has been the work of the health volunteers, who from their communities have served their neighbors by giving them the recommendations to follow in each case.

Given the reasonable doubt of the end of this pandemic, to which no one can guarantee its disappearance, FUNDAP will continue to be vigilant and provide our best services for the benefit of the population we serve. We see with concern that the achievement of mass vaccination is still far away, therefore the Board of Directors has decided to continue with its guard up, with the central purpose of caring for the lives of each of the collaborators, beneficiaries and Guatemalans in general.

The solidarity of the cooperating institutions has also been a very human manifestation and one that FUNDAP deeply appreciates. Due to the pandemic, support and contributions have been received from various organizations that know that, through the Foundation, people, and families most in need are reached quickly, efficiently, and transparently.

It is fair to publicly recognize the Foundation's collaborators, who were up to the task, with courage, intelligence, and a sense of human value; all, without exception, and who have tried to assist beneficiaries and their families from each program.

It was a difficult year, without a doubt, but one of many lessons learned and spiritual and human growth in the face of the tragedy that plagues the entire world. Faced with this harsh reality, FUNDAP reiterates its commitment to service, assistance, and support.

Francisco Roberto Gutiérrez Martínez

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ing. Jorge Gándara

See, think, and act to continue our work.

The year 2020 was a year in which the world turned towards unprecedented uncertainty in modern times, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to begin the letter of the Memory of the Foundation's Work by trying to take a look at what is happening and comparing what we have been doing and what we can do at the Foundation. The underlying question comes to mind: what are the changes we want to make in society? Knowing that it is not about meeting goals and objectives, but that the new opportunities that are offered are sustainable for our beneficiaries.

Perhaps with three words I will try to make a summary of what, little by little, has been affecting me:

See

Knowing how to see the needs of others is a very special gift, because simply not everyone looks at them. It is trying to "see," in the face of the needy or poor, the "help me" because I have no one, to be able to get out of my misery, to be able to have hope, to be able to live my life with dignity. In this world where few have much and many have nothing, there should be a greater sense of solidarity. It is necessary to teach others to have this vision of solidarity, it is necessary to “see” that going through life feeling a heavy heart when we see sad realities, requires a certain courage and a generous heart.

If we do not feel compassion for others, we will not have the impulse to do the impossible to help them. We see a great example in our donors and friends, who remind us that there is hope, that they go hand in hand with us and that many stay up late in order to translate our proposals into formats that are sometimes difficult to fill out. All this so that we have the tools to reach others, which should be noted, is a great responsibility.

The potential to promote innovations has become a central facet of the Foundation's performance capacity in recent years, knowing how to interpret the real and felt needs of the communities we serve, given the magnitude of the situations that require attention and commitment. It is to be personal, where injustices are palpable.

Think

Things do not work out by themselves, you have to use your intelligence, ability, but above all a sense of "urgency," because reality is in the here and now, not tomorrow. You have to put a lot of thought into making proposals for realistic, current projects. It is the same as we see in large companies, where the good manager is creative in finding solutions to the problems that arise. And we have a lot to say, because this job is as professional as the best company there is, in regards to development.

Every time we gather more value and we commit ourselves more, we have more ideas and we are more aware of our responsibility in the course of our own life, but also that of others. For this reason, and despite many difficulties, I am confident in the future.

After so many years, we do not know how far we have come in supporting families in rural areas. Perhaps we will have an indicative in the numbers at the end of each process, but this is not enough to measure success. This success has a lot to do with the passing of the years. It is when we can really say that after imparting a set of skills to the people in the communities, they are managers of their own development and, therefore, are freer.

This sustainable development embodies the principle that the people of a community can better judge and resolve the needs and opportunities of their own community, under the principle of subsidiarity.

Our activity focuses on a development or project idea, on an objective that must be specified so that others can “feel it” and, within that, the search for continuity. We follow a long-term strategy, of permanence and accompaniment, knowing that “You cannot build anything on an empty stomach.” In our society, all people should take responsibility, to the best of their ability, for their own environment and community.

Actuar

In order to make thoughts and good wishes a reality, it is necessary to do things, that is, to have processes and structures, not to mention a Culture that brings people together. Since the pandemic began, we had the goal of and, thank God, succeeded in not firing anyone from the payroll; this is also development. It is precisely our collaborators who form the framework and are those who are close to our beneficiaries.

It is from the collaborators that we demand work time, but we go further, they have to "give themselves" to others, an art that is not easy, -as each one sees life differently-. Visionary, optimistic, and willing to sacrifice their own personal interests, for the good of their family, their children, and that of their community. It is to respond with agility and creativity to the needs of the population we serve.

This leads us to think about the “sustainability” of the Foundation, so that it lasts over time, because we have to continue accompanying our beneficiaries throughout their “growth” and this often takes time, sometimes years.

From there comes the whole issue of "monitoring," being present in all of our projects, so that we learn from the good results in order to replicate them and also so that we learn from the bad ones, the latter so as not to repeat them. Likewise, we are open to dialogue about the "Quality" of the way we do things, in order to continuously evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of a project, which has proven to be an important instrument in managing them.

Finally, part of doing things well is being totally transparent and efficient in the use of the resources entrusted to us, especially with regard to our donors

Cordially,
Jorge Gándara