Thanks to a generous in-kind donation from Zutano, a baby clothing company based in Cabot, Vermont, we are able to gift each woman in our program a pack of baby clothes when they give birth.
These clothes are bright and colorful and always bring a smile to the new mothers. So far we have distributed packs that include onesies, leggings, hats, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, socks, shorts, body suits, dresses and blankets to over 20 women this year.
What a beautiful way to enter the world!
Since last we wrote, the Maternal Child Health Program has enrolled 8 new women into the program, bringing to 67 the number of children who are being assisted.
In our last update, we mentioned Vilma, our social work volunteer, conducting a survey with the women. This has been very helpful for Pueblo a Pueblo as it has allowed us to assess areas of strength as well as areas where we can improve the program. Some of the most important results from her report are the following:
We are now working on incorporating their suggestions into our programming and look forward to reporting back on the outcomes of these additions.
Indigenous women who participate in our Maternal Infant Health Program receive an educational workshop every month. During 2011 alone, we have covered the following themes;
It is good to see that the women share their own experiences and also ask questions on issues that many times are 'tabu' in the community.They have established a relationship of confidence with 'Chonita' the Coordinator of the Program which is much needed in order for the program to function well.
We also had a local volunteer for three months, Vilma, who helped us perform a 'social interview' with the women as well as a general diagnoses of the Maternal Infant Health Program. Vilma, who is finishing her degree in Social Work was able to see first hand the many needs of the families in the program which are representative of the many issues that poor mayanTtz'utujiil families daily face in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.
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