Programmatic Focus:
  • Health Education


Participating Communities:

Chuac'anac, Pasajquim, Panacal I y II, Tzumajhui, Patzaj, Pal'a, Xejuy'u, San Martin, Nueva Providencia, San Andres, Chacay'a, Pakawex, Panabaj

Partner Organization:

World Neighbors Guatemala

Artistic Medium:

Visual Art

Community Health Posters
(04/14/2010 - 10/11/2010)
Project Planning
Background and Needs:

World Neighbors is a holistic international development organization that is working to end hunger, poverty and disease in poor indigenous communities in the Lake Atitlan region of Sololá, Guatemala, by training and inspiring communities to create and participate in solutions that improve community health, environmental awareness, food security and income generation.

World Neighbors has expressed the wish to constantly communicate information to communities through flyers or posters about community health in order for the information to reach everyone that is not able to attend health trainings in the communities.

Collaborative Goal:

To engage indigenous communities in the creation and implementation of World Neighbors’ projects that promote healthy behaviors.

Project Objective:

By the end of the project, increase the number of people in the communities where World Neighbors works who have a basic understanding about causes and ways to prevent community health issues such as gastrointestinal illness, maternal and infant health and respiratory illnesses.

Project Description:

The primary goal of this project is to communicate diverse concepts about basic community health to communities in order to reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal illnesses, improve maternal and child health and reduce respiratory illnesses. Negative health outcomes will be prevented by providing information on these topics that is simple and accessible to everyone.

The project will include the creation of various posters about community health on the topics of gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses and maternal and child health. The use of visual art will improve comprehension and make the information accessible to all community members in a simple format.

The principal content will be explanatory drawings and they will be translated into four languages that are spoken in communities in the basin area where World Neighbors works: Tzutujhil, Kackchiquel, K'iche and Spanish.

Partner Organization Collaboration:

In collaboration with the health facilitator, the staff generated concepts to communicate on the posters, they developed sketches and printed some copies for a test run to see if what had been written in the local languages was intelligible in the communities.

Community Collaboration:

World Neighbors staff coordinated test runs with specific groups in the communities and home visits to see how accessible the information was and the level of comprehension across diverse groups and people.

They requested help in translating to local languages in order to be understood by everyone.

Planned Activities:

  • Creation of the posters with the computer and explanatory images.
  • Test run to check comprehension.
  • Translation to local languages.
  • Printing of the posters in final form.
  • Posting and pasting of posters in strategic sites in the community.

Project Resources
Ejemplo de Afiche