In Guatemala the poor are getting poorer, and rural Indigenous Maya feel that poverty the most. A failure to create and enforce policies to protect Indigenous peoples has contributed to a culture in which gender-based violence and discrimination are the norm.
There are mothers, children, and teachers who can change this narrative and create sustainable change in their communities. We discover these leaders, develop their potential, and help them deliver sustainable change. With your support, they are transforming their communities.
Mothers equipped with vitamins, knowledge, and skills during pregnancy and the early years of their child’s life set the foundation for their well-being and success.
By training children to lead health campaigns in their schools, they are tackling malnutrition, hunger, and preventable illnesses in their communities. Read about the drinking water campaign.
Teachers trained by a literacy expert and parents encouraged to promote literacy at home ensure children finish primary school literate and prepared to continue their education.
Women develop leadership skills and assume leadership roles in their homes and communities, modeling gender equality for the younger generation. Empowered women prioritize the health and education of their children.Read Silvia's Story
In each of our partner communities, these leaders help to make sure that the community’s and Mil Milagros’ shared goals are met.
“I love seeing the light turn on for the mothers and for them to make changes at home. They start to pay more attention to how they are raising their children or what the hygiene is like in the home.” Read Monica's story.
"We need to make sure that mothers are learning how to ensure their children continue to grow and develop in a healthy environment." Read Yolanda's story.
“I am learning so much with Mil Milagros. I always knew I could be a leader, but now I feel like one." Read Mallerly's story.
“I want to be a mother leader because I want to teach my children to be leaders. I want to set a good example for them.” Read Biviana's story.
"I don't know how to read or write but regardless I am leading alongside the Mil Milagros team." Read Santos' story.
Meet the mothers who help implement our Early Childhood Development program and serve as leaders in our partner communities.
"I loved what Mil Milagros does and wanted to be a part of it. I’m so happy for the opportunity to help other mothers."
"I like Mil Milagros because I am learning things that I have never been able to learn, like how to take care of children."
“I want to be a mother leader because I want to teach my children to be leaders. I want to set a good example for them.”
“I want malnutrition to end in my community. Not only for my own children, but for all the children in my community.”
“I am happy to see the children are growing more because of the vitamins. The majority of children are gaining weight in this community.”