Project #207 | Healthy Schools, Healthy Children in Guatemala
Our Partnership with Mil Milagros
Guatemala is home to the highest rate of chronic child malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere; 50% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition and stunting. And in the rural areas in which Mil Milagros works, the rates are even higher, exceeding 70%. Rural Mayas in Guatemala have limited access to water, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, and education; most of which live on $2.00 or less per day. That being said, the lack of economic resources makes it difficult for families to afford medical care or send their children to school. The primary school completion rate is estimated to be about 51% in these areas and the closest public hospital is one hour away.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Mil Milagros to support their Healthy Schools Program, an innovative health and hygiene intervention to prevent disease and improve the health of children and their families in the municipality of Santa Lucia Utatlan, Solola, Guatemala. Mil Milagros delivered monthly emergency hygiene and food supply baskets to participating children and their families, along with training volunteer mothers to serve as leaders in a new hygiene protocol developed by the Mil Milagros staff. Additionally, they created hygiene videos and podcasts that were then broadcasted to the community and used in an overall campaign to improve handwashing across the region.
Our Collective Impact
Mothers Trained on Healthy Hygiene Practice
Infants & Young Children Provided Health & Hygiene Packages
School Aged Children Provided Health & Hygiene Packages
María was both a participant in the Early Childhood Development program as well as a mother leader volunteer in 2020. She actively participated in workshops, engaging in conversations and using her personal experiences to connect to the learning material. She is diligent about putting what she learns into practice and makes sure to keep her family healthy by implementing good hygiene practices at home. María knows from experience how valuable the information from Mil Milagros can be. In the absence of our normal workshops, María has done what she can to make Mil Milagros’ hygiene videos accessible to as many people as possible. Not everyone in rural Guatemala has access to television or social media to view these videos, so María has been sharing the videos with relatives and neighbors who otherwise would not have been able to see them. María is not only ensuring that her own children are healthy, but she is also promoting healthy practices in her community.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.