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...
Dec 8, 2016

Vacation in the Gardens

Students washing veggies
Students washing veggies

Just because the school year is over, that doesn’t mean the learning stops in our communities in rural Guatemala! In November, we sponsored Vacation in the Gardens, a two-week camp of gardening, cooking, and nutrition activities at Nueva Vida Primary School.

Throughout these two weeks, 30 students learned about important organic gardening techniques, like preserving seed diversity. Students also spent time in the kitchen, learning about food safety, such as how to properly wash vegetables and fruits before cooking.

During the last few days of Vacation in the Gardens, everyone participated in a cooking workshop, where they learned to make Swiss chard wraps. Previously a dish taught to mothers of Nueva Vida Primary School, this time students were in charge of the cooking. Together with Sandy Mendoza, Pueblo a Pueblo’s Organic School Gardens Educator, children washed the produce, chopped the veggies, and cooked on the stovetop. The children loved tasting something they had prepared themselves.

“It’s important that boys and girls learn how to cook healthy dishes at a young age.” Activities like the cooking workshops and Vacation in the Gardens are “helping children learn invaluable skills they can use to nourish themselves and their families as they grow older,” commented Ana Cabrera, the School Nutrition Program Manager.

Nourishing the minds and tummies of students in rural Guatemala is possible only with the support of donors like you. As we near the end of the year, Pueblo a Pueblo is counting on you to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal of $60,000. With every dollar, we can continue the cycle of change for communities in rural Guatemala. Together we can serve more school meals, hold more nutrition workshops, and empower more communities.

Donate today to make a difference in rural Guatemalan communities!

Sandy demonstrating how to safely cut veggies
Sandy demonstrating how to safely cut veggies
Students repurposing plastic bottles into crafts
Students repurposing plastic bottles into crafts
Dec 7, 2016

New Moms and Babies

Maria and her mother-in-law, Ileana
Maria and her mother-in-law, Ileana

Our Maternal Child Health (MCH) team is going strong with continuous visits to our beneficiary mothers and children. From home visits to accompanying mothers to the local health clinic, moms and kids are getting stronger and healthier.  One beneficiary mom in particular, Maria, from a small town named Chacaya, began our Maternal Child Health project in May. On November 9 she gave birth to a healthy baby boy!

Maria first learned about the MCH project through a neighbor, and from there she entered the program early on in her pregnancy--the first beneficiary mother to do so at Pueblo a Pueblo. This means that Maria had regular access to the health clinic and was able to complete all of the recommended prenatal visits.

And, Maria’s early participation in the MCH project means that she had the full support of our Pueblo a Pueblo team, who visited biweekly to check on Maria’s health and ensure that she was following doctor’s orders. Rebeca Sosof, the MCH Program Assistant, notes that, through these home visits, “we’re equipping soon-to-be mothers like Maria with healthy pregnancy information while addressing any fears of the unknown.”

Maria continues to receive post-natal check-ups from the local health clinic, and Rebeca will continue to conduct home visits until the child turns 5 years old. Both mom and baby are doing great!

Stories like Maria’s are possible only with the support of donors like you. As we near the end of the year, Pueblo a Pueblo is counting on you to help us reach our goal of $60,000. With every dollar, we can continue this cycle of change for communities in rural Guatemala. Together we can extend health care access to more moms and children and empower more communities.

Donate today to make a difference in rural Guatemalan communities!

Rebeca conducting home visits
Rebeca conducting home visits
The new baby boy, still without a name!
The new baby boy, still without a name!
Dec 7, 2016

Vacation in the Libraries

Students having fun at La Cumbre Primary School!
Students having fun at La Cumbre Primary School!

The school year may be over, but that doesn’t mean the learning stops in our communities in rural Guatemala! In November, we sponsored Vacation in the Libraries, a two-week camp of literacy activities, at La Cumbre, Chacaya, and Nueva Providencia Primary Schools.

During these two weeks, 132 children participated in a wide array of literacy activities, ranging from storytelling exercises to games. Vacation in the Libraries typically focuses on alternative literacy methods, using theater, clowns, and play to engage students. This year’s camp included body awareness activities to help students develop physical literacy, such as large and fine motor skills.

According to Lidia Quieju, the Pathways to Literacy Project Coordinator, Vacation in the Libraries is important because it “inspires excitement towards reading and literacy. Students learn that literature is fun.” Children told us “how excited they were to return to school and use the library!”

Encouraging a generation of new readers is possible only with the support of donors like you. As we near the end of the year, Pueblo a Pueblo is counting on you to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal of $60,000. With every dollar, we can continue this cycle of change for communities in rural Guatemala. Together we can build more libraries, bring more dynamic literacy activities to schools, and empower more communities.

Donate today to make a difference in the lives of students in rural Guatemala!

Vacation in the Libraries at Nueva Providencia
Vacation in the Libraries at Nueva Providencia
Alejandro the clown leading literacy activities!
Alejandro the clown leading literacy activities!
 
   

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