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...
Aug 14, 2014

Expanding our Organic School Garden Project

The beginnings of the garden
The beginnings of the garden

This month our School Health and Nutrition Program launched its newest organic school garden at an elementary school in San Andres, a community just outside of San Lucas.

Among the wide range of activities carried out over the past two weeks to prepare the project’s foundation, our staff has held a training for teachers on how to develop and maintain school gardens; introductory classes for students on the basics of agriculture; and the first round of planting to ensure that the garden begins producing healthy, locally available fruits and vegetables as soon as possible.

“It’s exciting for the school community because word about the benefits of our project has traveled across San Lucas, where we have now implemented four different organic school gardens over the past two years,” says Ana Cabrera, the project manager and most recent addition to our in-field staff. “And it’s exciting for us, because we’re seeing tangible results in our current partner communities driving interest and engagement in others.”

With this new adventure just beginning, it’s strange to imagine that this broad plot of land will soon transform into a thriving, productive school garden. But if our past experiences in San Lucas schools are any indication, we have no doubt that the San Andres community will soon rise to the challenge and take full advantage of the benefits the organic school garden project has to offer. 

A rainwater collection well at the garden
A rainwater collection well at the garden's base
Garden class in one of our other partner schools
Garden class in one of our other partner schools
Jul 8, 2014

A Warm Reception in Chacaya

One of our students in Chacaya
One of our students in Chacaya

We knew that students would be excited when we introduced our Pathways to Literacy Project to the Chacaya Elementary School. Few of them have access to books at home and even in their classrooms literacy games and activities are rare. A library, even if younger students could not read, symbolized a world of new and interesting discoveries. Makes sense they’d be eager to explore, right?

But even knowing this, we weren’t prepared for the rush of enthusiasm when the library doors eventually opened. As soon we installed the first bookshelves and put up posters, students began to arrive in droves. They asked to help clean, paint, and – as soon as there were books – stock the shelves and leaf through their newest toys.

The incredible amount of student demand was strong enough to draw us from our initial project timeline, and although the library is not officially inaugurated, teachers already have access during class hours and students are free to explore independently during recess.

Over the next few weeks we’ll complete final library installations and deliver more books (including purchases funded by our last Microsoft YouthSpark Matching Day – thanks so much to all of you who donated!).

It’s a humble beginning, but we’re very optimistic about this new chapter in the Chacaya Elementary School’s ongoing development.  

Preparing materials for the library
Preparing materials for the library
May 28, 2014

Student Athletes

A student in Panabaj wears his new uniform
A student in Panabaj wears his new uniform

In Guatemala, failing gym class means you have to repeat an entire grade. For those students that have no option but to participate in jeans and knock-off crocs or sandals, this can be a problem.

The way we see it, if a student can pass each of his academic classes but gets held back because he didn’t have the right clothes to exercise, then something isn’t quite right. So this past month, as a benefit of our sponsorship project, we supplied 46 students with uniforms and shoes for their physical education class.

According to Johanny, our Primary Education Scholarships Project Manager, “parents who before might have had to purchase shoes and new clothes can now use that money for food for the family.”

Plus, the appropriate gear allows students to perform to the best of their abilities, thus giving them the opportunity to compete in yearly “Olympic Games” held between different schools, municipalities, and departments in Guatemala. If a student is particularly talented at a sport, he or she can join the school team to compete against other schools across the country. For students around Santiago, this is a unique opportunity to see the world outside of their neighborhoods and communities.

We’re hoping that some of our scholarship students this year will be able to join in the Olympics. If the cost is only that of the right shoes and a uniform, we’re happy to help. 

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