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...
Sep 30, 2014

A Reason to Celebrate

Our executive director speaks at the inauguration
Our executive director speaks at the inauguration

When exploring different internship opportunities in Latin America, I stumbled upon Pueblo a Pueblo and their Pathways to Literacy project.  Knowing how one book or one class can forever change your perspective and life, I was curious to see the project in action.

During my first week in Santiago, I went to Chacaya and visited the elementary school where children swarmed the newly-constructed library during their recess time. Some of the students were playing board games; others completing puzzles, and more perused the shelves full of books. Later in the afternoon, students would read one-on-one with Pueblo a Pueblo’s staff members.

It quickly became obvious that the library was not only a place for books, but a general community space that fostered learning in every capacity.  With students buzzing in and out, the amount of excitement and curiosity in the library was palpable.

While this may not sound revolutionary for someone living in the United States, the libraries in Chacaya and ChukMuk bring a new sense of hope to a wider community. According to a recent UNESCO study, Guatemala has the second-lowest reading achievement levels for all third-graders across the 17 Latin American countries. Here around Lake Atitlan, the need is even greater as 50 percent of Santiago’s indigenous children never finish their primary education. 

However, with the construction of these new libraries and Pueblo a Pueblo’s ongoing teacher trainings and continuous support, change is slowly happening and that is something worth celebrating!

(Below are photos from the recent inauguration of the Chacaya school library as well as International Literacy Day, which Pueblo a Pueblo celebrated by training teachers on how to use educational games to improve student performance in math and literacy.)

Aug 14, 2014

Reaching 785 New Students

Students wash their hands in Panimaquip
Students wash their hands in Panimaquip

These past six months have been some of the most productive in our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project’s history.

In February we brought WASH facilities to over 80 students and teachers in the Nueva Providencia Elementary School; in May we installed biosand filters in two schools to provide 375 students with clean water; and now, this past month, we inaugurated hand-washing stations and child-friendly, gender-segregated bathrooms in the Totolya and Panimaquip Elementary schools, reaching an additional 330 students.

As always, there’s a lot left to be done: countless students, schools, and communities without access to the basic facilities and information that are so important in preventing sickness and malnutrition.

But for now we’d like to take a moment to thank all of you who have helped make our work over the past six months possible.

Sometimes your support might feel small, even insignificant in light of the enormity of the problems these children in this region face.

We can tell you that it’s not. Because you’ve decided to help us, 785 students are growing up stronger, healthier, and happier than before. That’s not small; that’s not insignificant.

Thank you so much for your support and best wishes for a safe and joyful summer. 

The view from Panimaquip Elementary
The view from Panimaquip Elementary
A worker paints the bathrooms in Totolya
A worker paints the bathrooms in Totolya
Aug 14, 2014

Sold Out!

Members from Pampojila lead a training in Totolya
Members from Pampojila lead a training in Totolya

There is no shortage of demand for Aj Tikonel Kab’ honey!

The members of our beekeeping project in Pampojilá have now sold out of the entire stock of honey that they produced this year (approximately 250 pounds total). Their market encompassed the three neighboring lakeside towns of San Lucas, Santiago, and Panajachel, and they sold their product in various establishments including groceries, cafes, hotels, and restaurants. Local buyers are eagerly awaiting the next harvest in November, when they can restock their shelves with delicious honey.

In the meantime, the Pampojilá group has been investing a portion of the income from their sales into buying materials to expand their apiary, and is currently maintaining 25 hives—more than double the amount of hives with which they started at the beginning of the project! With those 25, they expect to significantly increase the amount of honey produced in the next harvest cycle, which will allow them to expand their market and maintain consistent sales for the entire year.

Also, now that our second apiary is active and buzzing in nearby Totolyá, we’ve spent the past couple months focusing on developing the business skills of the group. Our project staff carried out the first two business trainings with the group in June and July, focusing on topics such as planning, time management, production cycles, and the stages of business development. Members from the Pampojilá group have also been an important part of these trainings, sharing lessons they’ve learned from the past year to help the Totolyá group get off to a good start.

We have an exciting couple months ahead as we continue training with Totolyá and both groups begin making initial preparations for the upcoming harvest in November. Stay tuned for more updates!

The Totolya group crowds around a hive
The Totolya group crowds around a hive
Building teamwork within the Totolya group
Building teamwork within the Totolya group
The final product
The final product

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