Project #228 | Healthy Schools, Healthy Children in Guatemala
Our Partnership with Mil Milagros
Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic child malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere with 50% of all children suffering from chronic malnutrition and stunting. In rural indigenous communities, the rates of child malnutrition and stunting exceed 70%. This problem is exacerbated, and caused in part, by the fact that 98% of Guatemala’s water supply is contaminated. Rural Mayas have limited access to water, nutritious food, hygiene supplies, and education; most live on $2.00 or less per day. The lack of economic resources and the cost of school fees make it difficult for families to pay for medical care or to afford to send their children to school. The primary school completion rate is estimated to be just 51% in rural areas like those where MM works. Last but not least, there are no doctors or dentists in the villages where Mil Milagros works, and the closest public hospital is an hour away.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Mil Milagros in 2019 for a three-year project. During this third year of the project, Mil Milagros implemented a modified version of their Healthy Schools hygiene program in 11 communities and 13 Early Childhood Development groups in Santa Lucía Utatlán. They also completed 5 distributions of emergency hygiene supplies and food to 1,742 children and their families, coordinated with 121 mother leaders and 82 student council members to hold a hand-washing campaign, and broadcasted information about the COVID-19 vaccine over local cable and radio to more than 33,000 people.
Our Collective Impact
Mothers Trained to Implement Healthy Hygiene Practices
Children Received Health & Hygiene Supplies
Teachers Trained to Improve Health & Hygiene Practices
Professor Elvin Ixcmparic is a fourth-grade teacher in Chuijomil. During the pandemic, Elvin and much of his extended family tested positive for COVID-19. When his mother passed away, Elvin knew that he didn’t want anyone else to have to experience the grief and isolation that his family had gone through. After completing the health and hygiene training with Mil Milagros, Elvin volunteered to be one of the hygiene monitors for his school, making sure that all of the teachers were well-stocked with hygiene supplies, and that every child who needed a mask had one. Elvin also volunteers his time outside of work hours, opening and closing the school for Mil Milagros to hold their weekly height and weight clinic for mothers of babies and toddlers in the 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.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our child & maternal health fund.