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...
Oct 30, 2016

Family Planning "Charlas"

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Pueblo a Pueblo's "campeonas"

The summer months have been busy here for Pueblo a Pueblo’s Maternal Child Health team. From August to October, we have been leading Family Planning Champion “charlas” (chats) in partnership with Comité Nacional de Alfabetización (CONAFLA)-- the National Literacy Committee in Guatemala.

During these sessions, our campeonas-- indigenous women part of our Family Planning Champions (FPC) project-- led talks on reproductive health and contraceptive methods. The participants, ranging from 15 to 35 years old, were students learning to read and write from CONAFLA’s programs. In total, 30 women received workshops from Pueblo a Pueblo.

According to Vilma Mendoza, Pueblo a Pueblo’s Maternal Child Health program manager, “These charlas are vital. For many of the participants, these workshops are their first exposure to reproductive health and information on having healthy pregnancies. We are empowering women with information on reproductive health, so they are more equipped to make good health decisions in their own lives”.

Mothers from our Maternal Child Health (MCH) program have also been collaborating with our School Nutrition project through participation in cooking workshops. Beneficiary mothers learned how to cook with vegetables they have never eaten before, such as Swiss chard and spinach. “Through these workshops, we are empowering women with the tools to feed their children and families well,” noted Mendoza.

With our Maternal Child Health program, mothers in rural Guatemala are being empowered in multiple areas of their lives!

Rebeca, part of the MCH team, leading a charla
Rebeca, part of the MCH team, leading a charla
Beneficiary mothers at a nutrition workshop
Beneficiary mothers at a nutrition workshop
Mothers learning how to cook with new veggies
Mothers learning how to cook with new veggies
Oct 17, 2016

Collaborating with Colgate for Brilliant Smiles

Colgate representative sharing dental hygiene tips
Colgate representative sharing dental hygiene tips

We have been forming some exciting new partnerships since our last check-in. Our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project has been collaborating with Colgate to equip our beneficiary schools with healthy dental hygiene knowledge and supplies. This initiative is part of Colgate’s innovative campaign “Brilliant Smiles, Brilliant Futures.”

On August 16-17, school directors, teachers, and parents from all of Pueblo a Pueblo’s beneficiary schools gathered at Tzanjuyu and La Cumbre schools to attend a series of workshops led by Colgate Program Ambassadors Carlos Soberanis and Nery Castillo. Important themes were covered, such as the relationship between healthy habits, self-esteem, and academic productivity.

Colgate Ambassador Carlos Soberanis asked, "What happens when children brush their teeth? They are nourishing their self-esteem, sense of security, and confidence. And self-esteem is vital. It can affect whether a student becomes a lawyer, an architect, or a bilingual translator...”

The Colgate Ambassadors also reviewed tips and tricks for children to use when brushing their teeth, and they gave parents toothpaste, a toothbrush, and fun informational games for students to play at home. In total, 3,945 of Pueblo a Pueblo’s beneficiary students received Colgate supplies!

In addition to trainings, we officially completed and inaugurated new WASH facilities at San Juan Mirador School. We also celebrated the installment of a new rainwater collection system at Totolya School, so that students and teachers always have a secure supply of water. With WASH facilities and access to clean water, in addition to dental hygiene trainings, students are equipped with more tools to fight away the germs and develop good self-esteem!

Teachers receiving Colgate supplies
Teachers receiving Colgate supplies
WASH inauguration at San Juan Mirador
WASH inauguration at San Juan Mirador
Water collection system at Totolya School
Water collection system at Totolya School
Oct 5, 2016

Beekeeping During the Rainy Season

Las Diez Rosas with visitors
Las Diez Rosas with visitors

When we last checked in with our beekeeping project, they were just ending their honey harvest. Since then, beekeepers from our two partner cooperatives, Aj Tikonel Kab and Las Diez Rosas, have been busy keeping their hives healthy during the present rainy season. The bees need protection from the rain and enough food for the winter. Come October when the rain stops, the hives will be in good shape to start collecting pollen and honey!

Las Diez Rosas, our most recent beekeeping cooperative, which is led by ten women in Huehuetenango, had special visitors in early August. Pueblo a Pueblo’s annual Peacework team of six students from Ohio State University came to build beehive boxes for the cooperative. The team built ten boxes and also spent time getting to know the cooperative members and learning how beekeeping is strengthening the economic security of their families.

One member of Las Diez Rosas commented, “I want the Peacework team to know that although they may feel like they didn’t do much, their dedication and help meant so much to us.” According to Ana Cabrera, Pueblo a Pueblo’s Beekeeping Project Manager, “with these boxes, Las Diez Rosas will be able to expand their apiary -- an important next step for the cooperative.”

This past honey harvest, Las Diez Rosas did not produce enough honey to sell at the market, due to weakened hives. Now, with more beehive boxes, along with the training that the cooperative has been receiving from Pueblo a Pueblo’s bee expert Genaro Simalaj, Las Diez Rosas will be well prepared for a successful next honey season!

Peacework team visiting the apiary
Peacework team visiting the apiary
Peacework building beehive boxes
Peacework building beehive boxes
 
   

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