Healthy Mothers Program

by Mayanza, Inc.
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program
Healthy Mothers Program

Project Report | Oct 22, 2023
Our Mothers talked and this is what they said.

By Jami Smith | CEO

A typical week in our Healthy Mothers group
A typical week in our Healthy Mothers group

Every week our health educators teach a new theme to our Madres Saludables or Healthy Mothers groups and then the women change into their exercise clothes and have time to focus on their physical well weing.  But what does this mean to the women?  Is it important?  Do they value what they are learning?  We sat down with the women in a focus group and asked what they think.

Our feedback included:

  • Positive reinforcement is abundant, particularly on the core goals of the program. The topic areas are of interest to the participants, they recall accurate health and diet content and make requests for further information displaying a desire to build on foundational knowledge provided by the program.
  • Also, it is clear the participants have forged a strong social bond, feel welcomed and are open to share their experiences and questions in what is considered a safe space. 
  • Notably, incoming participants were focused on diet and cooking questions, whereas graduates had more nuanced, specific health questions (for example, ovarian cysts). This is useful evidence of the growth that occurs during the program.
  • Exercise is a core asset of the program and the participants have come to enjoy it, feel comfortable wearing exercise clothes and plan for on-going exercise with the group or otherwise.
  • Significant changes to day-to-day habits include focus on water consumption, balanced diet and reducing sugary drinks. In addition, exercise beyond the normal daily tasks substantially changes among the participants.

Additional feedback includes:

  • Attitudes among participants also show signs of shifting. Whether it is views about exercise and wearing different clothes, the support of peers and participation in group discussions or the exploration into sensitive health or social topics – the way participants think about themselves, their families and communities evolves as part of the program. It is notable that graduates speak openly that they recognize the need for changes and are actively working toward them.

This is womans empowerment in action!  With your help, Mayanza is making changes in the community of Santiago, one woman at a time.  Can we ask for your help?

  1. We need to spread the word about the work we do and we need your help.  Can you pledge to tell a friend about us?
  2. In addition to paying 5 women a living wage to help deliver our programs, we deliver eggs, vegetables and a protein drink to the women each month.  We need your help to continue this important work.  Please make a donation today to support our work in Santiago.

Thank you!  Muchas gracias!  Maltiox. 

Focus group - a safe space to hear feedback
Focus group - a safe space to hear feedback
Sharing what they have learned and what they want
Sharing what they have learned and what they want
Taking time for herself - weekly exercise class
Taking time for herself - weekly exercise class
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Mayanza, Inc.

Location: Rocky Hill, NJ - USA
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Twitter: @mayanza_guatemala
Project Leader:
Jami Smith
Rocky Hill , NJ United States
$4,775 raised of $6,500 goal
 
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