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...
Oct 1, 2013

Training Teachers, Breaking Ground

This past week we completed our third and final round of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) teacher trainings! Sandy and Misa, two of our local education coordinators, designed the trainings to help instill healthy WASH practices in student’s daily lives.

Over the past year, with your support, they have traveled regularly to five participating schools to present teachers with strategies to create healthy classroom environments. Topics have included water contamination, bolstering student self-esteem, and preventing disease transmission.

Our WASH program doesn’t stop there, though. As part of our monitoring and evaluation program, we are now reviewing teacher evaluations of our trainings to guarantee that next year’s curriculum is even stronger. One of our focus areas for the upcoming year will be to train teachers on how to garner parental support for and involvement in WASH activities – an evolution that will lead to healthier behaviors at home as well as at school.

Beyond teacher trainings, we are currently working with a new partner school, Nueva Providencia Primary School, to develop sustainable, child-friendly sanitation and hygiene facilities for students. The construction project will break ground in November 2013, while the children are on school break. Be sure to check back for pictures of the new facilities!

Finally, please join us on October 15th in celebrating Global Hand Washing Day! As always, your contributions will directly improve student’s exposure to and awareness of proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

It’s a long process, but together we have begun to change fundamentally the way our partner schools approach WASH-related health topics. Thanks for all you do, and we look forward to working together to extend our impact to new schools and children. 

Sep 25, 2013

From the Dentist to the Stage

In early August, the Child Health and Education program arranged free dental checkups at the local health clinic for scholarship students at Chacayá and Panabaj schools.

It was jarring to see the depth of need. Of the thirty-two students that arrived at the clinic, thirty needed a cavity filled or a tooth pulled. One girl had ten extractions and a few more cavities filled. Luckily, she was young enough that all of those extracted were primary teeth. Our Water, Santiation, and Hygiene program coordinators will make sure that she receives a toothbrush, toothpaste, and careful instruction about personal hygiene habits before her permanent teeth come in.

As for the students who weren’t able to receive checkups or operations the day of the clinic, the dentist left openings in his schedule for the next few weeks. By the end of September all of them will have received enough care to last through next year, when they’ll have the opportunity to revisit the dentist. 

Along those lines, we’re thankful for our strong relationship with the local clinic. The dental work required at partner schools is far too much to address in a single day, and having an available dentist close by ensures that each student will receive the attention he or she deserves.

Now – in part due to medical checkups like these – nineteen scholarship students will be graduating the sixth grade this October. Most have already stayed in school longer than their parents did, and for those lucky enough to receive continued support from sponsors, the past six years will now serve springboard into new educational opportunities.

These nineteen graduates are a testament to your generosity and ongoing support. Because of you, they have been able to pursue education without sacrificing food or medical attention for the rest of their families.

Moving forward, we’d like to make next year’s graduating class even larger. Please consider donating to give a new grade of students the same educational opportunities that our current graduates enjoyed. It’s amazing how just a few dollars can make the difference between early entrance into the workforce and a high school or university degree. 

Sep 16, 2013

Kitchen Safety!

Two years ago we expanded our School Nutrition project to a primary school in Chacayá, a nearby community that struggles with high rates of malnutrition and food insecurity. We could do this only thanks to your support. Since it began in 2006, the project has provided daily, hot lunches to hundreds of students in Santiago Atitlán, and we hoped that our support would serve as a starting point for a healthier community in Chacayá.

We soon began to see the unhealthy cooking conditions commonly found in rural communities appearing in the Chacayá school kitchen. Mothers who took turns cooking for students had to use inefficient wood-stoves in cramped spaces with poor ventilation. To make matters worse, they often brought their pre-school children into the kitchen to keep an eye on them. It was clear that mothers and children were being exposed to unhealthy amounts of smoke, risking serious respiratory illnesses.

But here’s the good news! Early this year, once we received enough support from donors like you, we were able to improve the efficiency and design of the cooking stove. To help us, a group of Guatemalan soon-to-be graduates from a local high school donated matching funds to renovate the school kitchen! 

Mothers, children, and teachers expect to have a fully renovated kitchen in just a few days! New stoves will produce less smoke and use smaller quantities of firewood. Mothers will have access to more space. And the air quality in the kitchen will be greatly improved.  

We want to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks for everything you do. Your contributions have produced a permanent increase in quality of life for mothers and students in Chacayá and enabled this little community to overcome a big hurdle in its path towards food security and improved health.  

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