CADCA initiated work in Guatemala in 2009. During the first phase of coalition development, INL at the U.S. Embassy requested for CADCA partner with SECCATID (Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Comisión Contra las Adicciones y el Tráfico Ilícito de Drogas), the Guatemalan drug control agency. The first pilot community selected for coalition building was the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula. In 2010 and 2011, CADCA working with SECCATID began offering additional trainings in the municipalities of Mixco as well as San Antonio Aguas Calientes and Sata Catarina Barahona in the department of Secatepéquez. Due to a change in administration in Guatemala, the program ended abruptly.
In 2015, CADCA returned to Guatemala at the request of INL to begin a new phase of coalition building efforts in the municipality of San Lucas located in the department of Sacatepéquez. Once that coalition formed and began to address substance use issues in the community, members of the neighboring municipality of San Bartolomé began to attend CADCA trainings and started a coalition of their own. In 2016, CADCA began providing training and technical assistance to the municipalities of San Bartolomé and Cantel, which resulted in the formation of a third coalition in Cantel, in the area of Quetzaltenango. To date, these three coalitions continue to address substance use issues in Guatemala.
Although CADCA efforts in Guatemala concluded in late 2016,the community coalition strategy has been adopted by SECCATID, who renewed its support of the three existing coalitions in 2019 with the goal of establishing two new coalitions in the municipalities of Santiago Sacatepéquez and Sumpango Sacatepéquez.
- San Lucas
- San Bartolomé
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Partner SECCATID facilitated this discussion between coalition leaders in Uruguay, Peru and Guatemala during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide opportunities for coalitions to share their experiencies.