ACCMARI – a community-based NGO in Guatemala, brings 54+ communities together to increase communication, collaboration, and cooperation and decrease competition for development projects. ACCMARI also serves as a channel to connect local communities with external groups seeking to develop infrastructure or provide other services in the area. Diego Ramirez, President and founder of ACCMARI, spent his childhood in the Ixil villages of Guatemala. MSP began partnering with ACCMARI in 2015 to help evaluate if and how water systems installed by ACCMARI in the Ixil villages meet the needs of the communities as well as exploring the possibility of unintended consequences that large lifestyle changes can have on villages and working to avoid them.
International Peace Initiatives (IPI) is a global network of individuals and organizations seeking innovative and alternative means of overcoming the devastation of disease, conflict, and poverty in the world today. IPI accomplishes these initiatives through grassroots capacity building, community based research, and sharing information on successful practices in HIV/AIDS management, peacebuilding, and economic empowerment programs. IPI’s work in Africa uplifts the spirit and living standards of the people in their communities. Our tools are education, enterprise and empowerment. The organization’s current focus is on women and youth groups that are involved in self-help activities in Kenya. The aim is to develop working relationships with these groups so that through their own initiative and that of friends interested in supporting them, they are empowered to raise the quality of life of people challenged by HIV/AIDS, violence, and poverty.