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...
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.

Apr 19, 2013

The Numbers are in!

Wow! Here at Pueblo a Pueblo we are impressed with the newest statistics; we are now reaching 760 primary school-aged children through our School Nutrition Project! This means that each weekday every child who attends our four partner schools receives a warm and healthy meal.

The Food Security Program improves both the short- and long-term food insecurity that our partner communities face through two complementing projects: the Organic School Garden project and the School Nutrition project.  The same children who are receiving daily nutritious meals also attend fun classes in the school gardens that teach them how to care for and cultivate organic products that are incorporated into their school lunches.

This year, the directors at our partner schools paid special attention to the nutritional content of the school lunch menus so that children are not only learning about dietary diversity, but also making sure that they are consuming nutritionally balanced meals.  One of the children’s favorite new lunches is the hearty beef soup in which our lunch cooks’ incorporate fresh vegetables from the garden to add vitamins and minerals that children’s growing bodies need.

We are very grateful for our supporters through Global Giving who make it possible for us to continue providing these delicious, hot lunches to our partner schools here in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. We are also very excited to be reaching so many children, and are looking forward to continue supporting even more of them through our School Nutrition Project in the months and years to come.

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