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...
Jun 13, 2013

"We Are the Champions"

Recently, Pueblo a Pueblo launched our new “Family Planning Champions” program, or Campeones de Planificacion Familiar, in which twenty women from our Maternal and Child Health program signed up to be trained as family planning mentors to other women in the community. This past week, our Campeones successfully completed their final training session and are now looking forward to their new roles as peer mentors, spreading the word about effective methods of family planning.

In preparation for their work with the program, the women were trained in numerous topics related to family planning and maternal health. These trainings included topics such as human reproductive anatomy, cervical cancer, methods of effective communication, and family planning strategies and religion.

Pueblo a Pueblo Program Assistant Vilma Mendoza, who trained the women for their roles as Campeones, is optimistic about the new program. She says that many of the women have expressed enthusiasm for their new roles and have attended trainings ready to learn about what they can do to positively impact their community.

“It is important to teach the entire municipality about the diversity of methods they can use if they want to plan their births,” she says. “So it is good that these women are really participating, and now they are going out into the community to transmit this information.”

In the weeks ahead, we hope to bring you more news about Campeones de Planificacion Familiar and what they are doing to impact the health of the women of Santiago.

May 24, 2013

Celebrating Book!

Last month we celebrated International Book Day with students at the Chukmuk Elementary School. The celebration aims to instill reading habits in people around the world and we did just that in our school library!

We designed an activity that got students’ creative gears moving: each teacher read “The Legend of St. George and the Dragon” to their classroom and students were to create their own illustration inspired by what they heard.

Lidia, our school librarian, continues to lead and develop daily literacy activities, which encourages the celebration of books year round!

The library has also welcomed new members to the team:

Jo Umana a trained librarian that arrived in February, is here to help with the organization of the Chukmuk Library. She collaborated on the development of the electronic book database, and has also assisted Lidia with cataloguing and literacy activities. Another focus of her works has been developing programming that invites the community of Chukmuk to the school library through parent and child events.

Tomas Pacay Mendoza joined the Pathways to Literacy team in April and is working on a pedagogical support project. He works with the Chukmuk teachers on the methods and techniques for teaching constructively and meaningfully. He is locating materials in the library that teachers can use in their lesson plans and has designed “literary corners” in the classrooms that allow students to learn in fun and innovative ways.

Apr 29, 2013

We have a WASH challenge!

This week, the local Water Committee from the village of La Cumbre, in the municipality of Cerro de Oro asked us for help.

Last month, the community water pump broke, leaving the entire village without a constant water supply. Due to the lack of support from the local government, the La Cumbre community elicited support from local families to raise the necessary funds to repair the pump.

The community of La Cumbre has worked hard to raise the money, but to fix the community’s water pump they need a total of Q 20,000, or approximately $2,600, so we aim to help them do it! In their efforts, they have raised over 50% of what they need, despite the widespread poverty in the area.

A new water pump was not in our program plan or budget, but we will help to raise the remaining funds needed, as well as a long term plan to maintain the system, and ensure the community receives the materials and repairs needed to provide continuous water flow in the future. Not only because we have been working with La Cumbre school since 2011, but because everyone deserves access to clean water.

Providing a new water pump for the community encourages not only the children to continue using their hand washing stations at school, but also everyone within the municipality of Cerro de Oro to remember to take care of their health and keep clean! Help us reach our goal so that everyone has access to the water they need and deserve.

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