In Guatemala the poor are getting poorer, and rural indigenous Maya women feel that poverty the most. A failure to create and enforce policies to protect women has contributed to a culture in which gender-based violence and discrimination are the norm.
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.
Mothers armed with knowledge, skills, hygiene supplies, clean water, and food put an end to malnutrition, hunger, and preventable illnesses in their families and communities.
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.
"There are many dreams I have for my community. I want there to be good community development through good education."
“My dream is that my children can achieve something that I never had the opportunity to do - graduate from college. I only went to school until sixth grade but I’m working so my children can be whatever they want to be."
“Our community has been abandoned, and Mil Milagros has come and brought a light to us. With your help, we are creating better lives for our children.”
“Being a mother leader has given me more confidence. I like teaching the other mothers new things and helping our children be healthy.”
“I want the parents in my community to take responsibility so that the children are well nourished, clean and healthy.”
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.”