Did you know that many people in Santiago Atitlan suffer from chronic malnutrition? Since mid-March this community has been under strict stay-at-home orders which has shut down their economy, demolishing incomes and exacerbating food insecurity issues. Mayanza has pivoted its mission to better support the local artisans, fisherman, farmers, and their families. With the support of local partners, individually prepared meals and bags of groceries are distributed to families in need.
Chronic malnutrition is a persistent problem for many people in the community of Santiago Atitlan. The stay-at-home order that has been in place since mid-March has made it impossible for the artisans, fisherman, farmers and day laborers to earn a living and provide for their families. In Santiago, families are encouraged to hand a white flag outside their homes to signal that nutritional help is needed. Every day, more and more white flags are visible on the homes of this community.
All funds raised from this program will go directly into the community via prepared and delivered healthy meals and bags of food. The culturally appropriate food is carefully chosen for its nutritional value. This program is an emergency program as a short term solution to the chronic malnutrition problem in Santiago. After this crisis abates, Mayanza will return to the health education and prevention strategies within the community.
Prevention of worsening chronic malnutrition is an important step in the long term health of this community. The potential for long term impact is significant as improved nutrition for children, women of child bearing age, the elderly and men earning wages to support their families will improve long term health outcomes and quality of life.