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...
Mar 6, 2017

The New School Year with WASH

WASH training at San Juan Mirador
WASH training at San Juan Mirador

With the new school year, our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project team has been busy training new WASH representatives in our partner communities. At Chacaya, La Cumbre, Panimaquip, and San Juan Mirador Elementary Schools, new teachers became part of the WASH Project.

“As part of their training on the WASH Project, we guide the teachers on selecting new WASH Ambassadors-- students who participate in the program and help maintain the bathrooms. We also train the teachers on how to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the project, such as keeping track of the number of students who wash their hands after using the restroom,” explains Pablo Eulogio, WASH Project Coordinator.

Along with trainings, the WASH support group has begun to meet again at our beneficiary schools. The support group is made up of the WASH teacher representative, the school principal, two parents, and one WASH student ambassador. Meeting twice a month, the group discusses problems specific to the WASH facilities at their school, and then brainstorms possible solutions.

“The WASH support groups are meant to get the community involved in the project, so that the project ultimately becomes self-sustainable,” Pablo adds. “The end goal is have the partner school independently running the WASH Project after three years, and then Pueblo a Pueblo will step in for technical support as needed.

Together with our partner communities, we’re ready for another WASH-filled year!

Monitoring and evaluating hand washing
Monitoring and evaluating hand washing
WASH teacher with students at Panimaquip
WASH teacher with students at Panimaquip
Mar 3, 2017

Ten New Champions

Rebeca, project assistant, speaking about FPC
Rebeca, project assistant, speaking about FPC

February is an exciting month for our Family Planning Champions (FPC) project-- this is the time of the year when our FPC team selects ten women to join the program and become equipped with reproductive health knowledge and receive access to subsidized contraception. Once the women complete their trainings, they take what they have learned and lead workshops in their communities, to equip more women.

This year, for the first time, our FPC project has expanded into the municipality of San Lucas Toliman. All ten women, or champions, for 2017 are from rural communities throughout San Lucas. “We are very excited for this expansion and to empower women in new places, but the process of finding the ten champions was difficult,” explains Vilma Mendoza, the FPC Project Manager.

Vilma adds, “We found that initially, many women did not want to participate. Trainings on reproductive health, or even speaking about family planning in public, is still very taboo in some places. There are a lot of myths surrounding sexual health and contraception, so without education, this false information continues to spread”.

When faced with these challenges, the FPC team sought the help of the Office on Women’s Issues in San Lucas. “The Office on Women’s Issues was receptive to the FPC project and believed that education on reproductive health is important in San Lucas. With their help, we found ten champions who are open and excited to learn this year”.

Starting at the end of March, our FPC team will travel to San Lucas every week to lead trainings. Then beginning in May, the champions will begin to lead their own workshops in the communities.

Women signing up for the FPC project
Women signing up for the FPC project
Rebeca speaking with a new champion
Rebeca speaking with a new champion
Mar 3, 2017

The New School Year Begins

Sponsored students with their new backpacks
Sponsored students with their new backpacks

After a two-month long break, students in Guatemala returned to school at the end of January. This time of year is usually filled with much excitement, with new notebooks, pencils, and anticipation of what the new school year will bring. However, for many children in rural Guatemalan communities, the cost of buying the materials required for the coming school year presents a significant roadblock to attending classes.

That is why our Primary Education Scholarships Project includes a full bag of school supplies for all beneficiary students, so they can start the school year off right. And thanks to the support of our GlobalGiving donors, Pueblo a Pueblo is able to support two more students this year, Gabriela and Daniel.

Gabriela and Daniel are both entering the 8th grade at Panabaj Institute. Gabriela loves school and has a strong academic record. When she grows up, Gabriela wants to study law and become a lawyer. Johanny Quieju, the Primary Education Scholarships project manager notes, “Gabriela has always been a hard worker in school, but without financial resources, it would have been very difficult for her to continue her studies. With the support of GlobalGiving, Gabriela can continue to attend school and pursue her dreams.”

“Daniel is a bit older -- 18 years old -- because before the support of Pueblo a Pueblo, he had to repeat the 6th grade several times. Before a sponsorship, he didn’t have access to the right materials or a tutor when he was falling behind in school. His family works very hard in agriculture, so they didn’t have the time to support him in his studies,” Johanny explains.

Since Pueblo a Pueblo first began to support Daniel through an individual sponsor, and now through contributions of GlobalGiving donors, he has improved his grades and is much more active in school. “Now that he has the right tools to excel in school, he’s taking advantage of the opportunity, and I can see an attitude change in him. He is on track to graduate middle school this October,” adds Johanny.

In February, thanks to your contributions, we presented Gabriela and Daniel with school supplies and backpack to begin the school year. Also, with your GlobalGiving donations, Gabriela and Daniel will be supported throughout the year by our Primary Education Scholarships team. Thank you for your support!

Johanny speaking at the school supplies drive
Johanny speaking at the school supplies drive
Daniel
Daniel
Gabriela
Gabriela
 
   

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