Friday, February 5, 2016
Mayan Families at the XXIII Rotary Project Fair in Honduras
This year Mayan Families was proud to attend the XXIII Rotary Project Fair: Uniendo América in Honduras, which brought together Rotary Club members from Central America, United States, and Canada. Four of our staff members took a long trip to Honduras in order to present some of Mayan Families' programs. This was a great opportunity to meet representatives of Rotary Clubs and make connections for future projects.
Rotary Clubs have been key partners for several Mayan Families programs such as the Preschool Nutrition Centers, the newly implemented Water Sanitation and Hygiene Program, and our Rotary Trade Schools. We were delighted when some of the people we met had already heard about Mayan Families’ work!
The Rotary Areas of Focus - which help guide where clubs focus their efforts - align directly with the work Mayan Families already does through its programs. For example, Saving Mothers and Children, has been identified by Rotary as a key area in which clubs aim to reduce the number of children under the age of five who die from malnutrition. Our Well Mother, Well Baby is working towards the same goal, and fosters the nutritional care for 30 mothers and their infants at any given time. The program’s pilot in 2015 had a 98% success rate of participants going from a state of chronic malnutrition to medically determined good nutritional health. We are looking forward to replicating that success by expanding our program!
The event was also a great learning experience. Other NGOs present shared some of their best practices and cooperation was a common theme throughout the event. Mayan Families contributed by presenting information about the ongoing success of our Preschool Nutrition Centers and Student Sponsorship program, which have given thousands of students the opportunity to pursue their education.
We would like to thank the Rotary Clubs who were at the event and took the time to talk to us about our projects. We look forward to turning these new connections into projects that will impact the lives of people in rural Guatemala. To learn more about our history with Rotary International, click here!