Pueblo a Pueblo, Inc.

Our mission is to improving the health, education and food security of families in Indigenous and rural communities in Latin America. We seek to strengthen vulnerable families by serving women and children, with an emphasis on Indigenous peoples in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala and other rural, coffee-growing communities in Latin America through integrated, school-based health & education programs. Pueblo a Pueblo was founded on the belief that meaningful and sustainable change requires the commitment and active involvement of the individual, community or organization that will benefit from that change. Pueblo a Pueblo strives to deepen values such as personal responsibility, se...
Jul 9, 2013

Hygiene Packs and a New School!

Since we last wrote we have made and distributed over 715 hygiene packs to students across Santiago Atitlán! This means that in each of the four schools that partner with our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene program (WASH) every student has received a toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, soap, and nail clippers, all within a handy Pueblo a Pueblo sack!

Along with the hygiene packs, girls in fifth and sixth grades received a re-usable sanitary pad. Reproductive health issues often go unaddressed in the Santiago Atitlán region and we are so happy to be able to provide young women with a resource that will keep them healthy and comfortable!

Also, because of your support, we can now begin to add the Nueva Providencia elementary school, located in the municipality of San Lucas Tolimán, to our WASH program! As of now the community in and around Nueva Providencia has no connection to a septic tank and the water supply to the school is not continuous. The presence of our school WASH program will be a great aid to the staff, children, and community as a whole.

Like with our Organic School Gardens program, your generosity is a leading factor in our efforts to extend our program to very rural, low resource, high needs communities. We will continue to implement the WASH program in Nueva Providencia over the next few months. We promise to keep you updated on our progress, and thank you again for your support.

Jul 8, 2013

Healthy Bodies for Healthy Minds

Because of your donations students from our Child Education Sponsorship Program (CHE) have been receiving medical checkups as part of the yearly Jornada Medica. It is wonderful to see students waiting eagerly to see their doctor and to hear parents express the benefits these medical visits bring to their children.

The visits are a comprehensive checkup on the child’s health, which allows the doctor to address the illnesses many children face that prevent them from attending school regularly: stomach problems caused by intestinal parasites, scabies, toothaches, earaches, and vision problems. Medications and vitamin supplements are distributed for those that need them as well as referrals for the August dental checkup. During the Jornada CHE also monitors weight and height of each student, which allows us to address malnourishment issues amongst the benefited families.

Healthy bodies translate into healthy minds, allowing students to stay in school longer and pursue new career opportunities. With your support, we will continue to provide these checkups to children in need across the Santiago Atitlan region. All of us – the staff at Pueblo a Pueblo and the children in our program – deeply appreciate your contribution.

Jul 5, 2013

Transforming Organic Gardens into School Lunches

Over the past months your donations have allowed us at Pueblo a Pueblo to install Organic School Garden projects in two new partner elementary schools: Totolyá and Nueva Providencia.

Before we arrived the Ministry of Education provided both schools with small amount of “school snack” funding. Each day children received a half-cup of ‘Atol,’ a warm, corn based drink that helped to keep their hunger at bay but lacked core nutrients and vitamins. Moreover, funding from the Ministry was inconsistent and often failed to feed all the students. Since children need vegetables, meats, and grains to get a sufficient amount of daily energy, the simple provision of Atol wasn’t enough. Many dropped out before the sixth grade.

Studies show that having access to daily, nutritious foods helps students to focus, resist illnesses, and remain motivated in school. Because of you we already provide daily, hot lunches to four partner schools in the Santiago Atitlán region. Fruits and vegetables used in the lunches are grown in our organic school gardens – the same as those we just installed in Totolyá and Nueva Providencia. In addition to providing lunches, the gardens teach students about healthy eating habits and sustainable agriculture, key concepts in a region continually threatened by food insecurity. With your support, these gardens will continue to evolve into nutritious lunches and an invaluable educational resource for students in Totolyá and Nueva Providencia. Thank you for making this possible.  

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