Mil Milagros partners with five schools and communities in Solola, the second poorest state in Guatemala, to ensure that children graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate, and prepared to continue their education. This project will help fund nutritious meals for 1,000 children each school day. Mil Milagros trains the children's mothers and grandmothers who volunteer to prepare the meals. The children bring firewood and their own dishes to school.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Only 40% of children in Guatemala finish sixth grade, according to USAID. When children are hungry, it is difficult for them to learn; by feeding them at school, they come to school, stay in school and learn. This project allows children to receive nutritious meals each school day, helping them to be more productive students and community members.
How will this project solve this problem?
Mil Milagros builds local capacity by teaching 500+ mother and grandmother volunteers to use local foods to prepare nutritious meals. This project ensures that the children are fed nutritious meals each school day by funding the purchase of local foods and cooking and nutrition instruction for the mothers and grandmothers, along with program monitoring by MM staff.
Potential Long Term Impact
Providing healthy meals at school to ensure that the children receive proper nutrition leads to many other positive outcomes: better school attendance, improved graduation rates, literacy, better job opportunities, and ultimately, less poverty. One thousand children will become healthy, well-nourished, and educated, and 500+ mothers and grandmothers will gain valuable nutrition and cooking skills. Since 2010, an average of 96% of the sixth graders supported by Mil Milagros have graduated.
Total Funding Received to Date: $13,657
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,343
Total Funding Goal: $20,000