In just the past three months, our Maternal Child Health (MCH) Project has graduated 3 women; 35 women have received brand new sets of pots and pans; and one woman, Isabela, has decided, despite her pregnancy, to continue her education and commit to completing high-school!
Needless to say, it’s been an exciting month.
Those who recently graduated the MCH project meet the future with increased knowledge about information and reproductive services that are available to young women and mothers in their communities. Although we’re sad to see them go, we’re eager to see how they spread messages about family planning and reproductive health to their friends and family members.
We’d like to highlight our partnership with CEMACO, a large supermarket chain in Guatemala, which provided a generous donation of key supplies for our beneficiaries’ homes. It’s easy to take kitchen resources for granted, but many of these women cook every day for up to 10 family members with cracked pots and pans over broken stoves. Just this small contribution will make their lives much easier.
Finally, we’ve been inspired in particular by Isabela, the most recent addition to our Maternal Child Health Project. Despite her family’s traditional expectation that she would leave school when she became pregnant, she has made it clear that motherhood won’t supplant her education. Now she’s dually enrolled in our MCH and Education Scholarships Projects and looks forward to walking the stage for her high school diploma in November.
Work doesn’t stop here, though. Over the summer we’ll be enrolling three new mothers for the MCH Project as well as providing three trainings this month for our current group. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you updated!