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Apr 9, 2020

An Update in a Time of Crisis

Sandy at nutrition training in 2019
Sandy at nutrition training in 2019

Like many of our supporters around the world, you are probably participating in widespread social distancing efforts to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19—the Coronavirus—in your community. As the virus spreads throughout Guatemala, Pueblo a Pueblo is doing the same.

Just a few weeks ago, Nutrition Educator Sandy Mendoza was gearing up to lead her first round of healthy cooking classes in our partner schools. She had prepared a new curriculum and designed a new set of recipes featuring nutritious whole food ingredients to share with students and their parents.

However, in mid-March Pueblo a Pueblo made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person meetings and educational sessions to minimize the risk of exposing our beneficiaries and team to the virus.

At Pueblo a Pueblo, we recognize our ability to protect our most vulnerable friends, neighbors, and family members by practicing social distancing. By limiting our contact with others, especially in large group settings, we can ease the burden this virus is likely to place on our rural Guatemalan partner communities. Our staff will work remotely until further notice.

We look forward to the day that Sandy can bring her new curriculum to our partner schools. We continue to be invested in the health and wellness of our neighbors here on Lake Atitlán—and for now, the best way we can protect others is to stay at home.

This pandemic is already affecting our ability both to achieve our project goals and to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and beneficiaries. As we work to execute a swift and effective response, please consider making a donation to this project today.

Thank you in advance for your generosity—the future of our work here on Lake Atitlán depends on it.

Participants during an August 2019 training
Participants during an August 2019 training

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Apr 8, 2020

An Update from the Apiaries

The new Santiago Atitlan beekeepers try their gear
The new Santiago Atitlan beekeepers try their gear

Like many of our supporters around the world, you are probably participating in widespread social distancing efforts to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, in your community. As the virus spreads throughout Guatemala, Pueblo a Pueblo is doing the same.

Senior Beekeeping Technician Genaro Simalaj has been working closely with our beekeeping partners in San Pablo La Laguna. In January, they wrapped up the second year of the project cycle with a series of training sessions on business management.

Mid-February, Genaro also kicked off training with a brand new beekeeping group right here in Santiago Atitlán! These beekeepers-in-training got started with a workshop on the basics of beekeeping and received the protective gear they’ll need to keep safe while tending their hives.

In the weeks since our Santiago Atitlán took this exciting first step, however, we have seen interruptions to our activities due to the current global pandemic.

In accordance with national measures imposed by the Guatemalan government, Pueblo a Pueblo has suspended all in-person meetings and educational sessions to minimize the risk of exposure to our partner communities and our own team. Our staff, Genaro included, will work remotely until further notice.

At Pueblo a Pueblo, we recognize our ability to protect our most vulnerable friends, neighbors, and family members through social distancing. By limiting our contact with others, especially in large group settings, we can ease the burden this virus is likely to place on our rural Guatemalan community.

While our team cannot visit project partners to provide technical support for the time being, beekeepers-in-training will continue apiary maintenance as much as is possible while observing proper social distancing measures. We are confident that beekeeping will remain an effective means for economic empowerment once this crisis has run its course and look forward to the day our team can resume its activities alongside our project partners.

This pandemic has brought challenges to families and communities around the globe. It is already affecting Pueblo a Pueblo’s ability both to achieve our project goals and to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and beneficiaries.  

As we work to execute a swift and effective response, please consider making a donation to this project today. Thank you in advance for your generosity—the future of our efforts to support families here on Lake Atitlán depends on it.

Our newest beekeepers attend their first training
Our newest beekeepers attend their first training
The Santiago Atitlan beekeepers-in-training
The Santiago Atitlan beekeepers-in-training

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Apr 8, 2020

Standing by Our Students

Sponsored student Juana receives her new backpack
Sponsored student Juana receives her new backpack

Like many of our supporters around the world, you are probably participating in widespread social distancing efforts to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, in your community. As the virus spreads throughout Guatemala, Pueblo a Pueblo is doing the same.

In early January, all sponsored students visited our office to receive a backpack full of the supplies they need to succeed in school this year. However, after almost three successful months of classes, our partner schools were forced to cancel classes to comply with social distancing measures imposed by the Guatemalan government.

At Pueblo a Pueblo, we recognize our ability to protect our most vulnerable friends, neighbors, and family members through social distancing. By limiting our contact with others, especially in large group settings, we can ease the burden this virus is likely to place on our rural Guatemalan community.

As such, Pueblo a Pueblo has suspended all in-person meetings and educational sessions to minimize the risk of exposure to our partner communities and our own team. Our staff will work remotely until further notice.

In this time of crisis, we will continue to stand by the students we have committed to support. We will continue to provide access to subsidized healthcare for all beneficiaries of the Primary Education Scholarships project. As resources permit, we will also deliver food baskets to the families of those students most in need.

This pandemic has brought challenges to families and communities around the globe. It is already affecting Pueblo a Pueblo’s ability both to achieve our project goals and to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and beneficiaries.  

As we work to execute a swift and effective response, please consider making a donation to this project today. Thank you in advance for your generosity—the future of our support for students here on Lake Atitlán depends on it.

Concepcion and her mother receive a food basket
Concepcion and her mother receive a food basket

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