ALIANZA is a non-profit, rural community health project in Comitancillo, San Marcos, Guatemala.

Founded in 2005 by a small group of dedicated volunteers from Nanaimo, BC, Alianza consists of a volunteer board of directors, now based in Ontario, and a staff of six Guatemalans implementing the programs in Comitancillo.

Alianza Mission Statement

To contribute to improvements in the health and education of the population of the Municipality of Comitancillo through long-term, community-directed programs. Alianza is committed to a collaborative approach which values community input in all aspects of our projects and is respectful of the cultural context in which we are working.


We are working toward a future in which people in Comitancillo have the same level of access to education and health care in their own community that we enjoy in Canada.


As an organization, we value:
  • Justice
  • Respect
  • Transparency
  • Compassion


  1. Decrease the frequency of complications from common illnesses to avoid serious illness and preventable deaths.
  2. Enable promising students to complete high school, vocational training, teacher training and degree programs (scholarships).
  3. Provide families with access to safer, more efficient cooking stoves fueled with less wood