The Asturias Maldonado Families. Pioneers in bringing education and health to rural children in Eastern Guatemala
Before there was compulsory education, before it was acceptable to bring literacy to rural farm workers, before the most basic labor rights were enshrined in labor codes, a farm in the mountains of Western Guatemala was providing primary education and literacy to its workers. A local primary school was established for children and expanded into a pre-school. The elementary school was built, expanded, and rebuilt, by Finca Dos Marías when damaged by earthquakes, which are common in this area.
The school was established almost a hundred years ago and the health care provided by the physician owner, Dr. Francisco Asturias Castro y Doña Maria Maldonado Alvarado, would continue throughout their lives. Today, their children and grandchildren continue the legacy of Dr. Asturias continues through AMF/FAM educational and wellness programs that include family vegetable gardens, health screenings and water filtration systems, provided to the farm agricultural workers and families of nearby communities, in and around La Reforma, San Marcos.