This project will be the first to support our new grassroots partner AMMID (Association Maya-Mam for Research and Development) in Comitancillo, San Marcos, Guatemala. AMMID is an inclusive organization, which sustainably strengthens the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental development of families and communities in the municipality of Comitancillo, based on principles of harmony, fairness and respect for nature.
In San Marcos, Comitancillo, Guatemala, the native Maya-Mam communities are struggling with poverty, malnutrition, gender inequality, and a loss of cultural identity. AMMID is working to address these problems by providing alternative solutions that will create a self-sustaining community. They are specifically looking for women and children to benefit from equality and health education.
Currently, AMMID is focusing on three main projects. The first is ecological water filters, which will help prevent the severe gastrointestinal problems that children in this area suffer as a result of contaminated water. The second is providing families in the area with functioning stoves, in order to provide them with sanitary cooking conditions. Finally, AMMID is looking to implement the creation of family gardens to combat the malnutrition that 78% of children in the area suffer from.
Long term, AMMID plans to implement projects that will improve the health and sustainability of the area, so that they can focus on improving the economic status of women and the fight of the Maya-Mam to maintain their cultural identity. Please stay tuned for the announcement of our first project with AMMID in support of their goals!
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