Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Women's Health Initiative
Donor Relations
blog image This July, Mayan Families is focusing on our Nutrition and Health programs, which is one of the three priority areas of the organization. This month we will share information about our programs which specifically aim to prevent malnutrition, and ensure communities around Lake Atitlan are nourished a

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Medical Team Kicks off the Women's Health Initiative!
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program ManagerOur Women's Health Intiative has officially begun! A few weeks ago, the coordinators of the new initiative attended a three-day training with our partner organization Wuqu’ Kawoq-Maya Health Alliance and participated in two days of supe

Monday, June 20, 2016
Fighting Malnutrition Through Mothers' Empowerment and Education
blog image Written by Clarke Glavin, Nutrition and Welfare Program CoordinatorA group of fifteen mothers attended a workshop as part of a series of educational talks on family planning and reproductive health, held by the Well Mother, Well Baby Program this June.One of these talks was led by Evelyn Roquel, an

Monday, February 22, 2016
Look at us grow! Introducing new foods to our Well Mother, Well Baby Program
Grace White
blog image Welcome to a new year of Well Mother, Well Baby! Though we have already started the year, we want to let you know about them as we begin to see their impact on the lives of our mothers and infants! The first change we want to tell you about is the addition of full servings of fruits and vegetables a

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
A New Phase in the Community Garden Project: Women Cultivating Change
Claire Allen
blog image Mayan Families is thrilled to announce a new phase of our Community Garden Project: Women Cultivating Change! In this phase, thirty-five women from the community of San Antonio Palopó will attend a weekly interactive course to learn more about health, nutrition, and community building.The maj

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Staff Spotlight: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Western Medicine with Ana
Med Coordinator
blog image This November, we were thrilled to welcome Ana, a traditional healer and comadrona, who will be working in our Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic. Comadrona is the spanish word for midwife, and in Guatemala comadronas are either trained or gifted to do this work. Most indigenous Guatemalans rely on the he

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Mayan Families Joined Hundreds of Indigenous Women Advocating for the Recognition of their Rights
Juan Haro
blog image Last week, Guatemala City hosted almost 300 indigenous women leaders from hundreds of organizations and people from 22 countries in North, Central and South America as part of the VII Continental Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Americas. Participants met to discuss issues related to indigenous wo

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Staff Spotlight: Combating Chronic Malnutrition with Wendy Morales
Grace White
blog image Wendy Morales is an exceptional Guatemalan social worker who plays an important role within the Well Mother, Well Baby Program. The program aims to ‘reduce malnutrition in infants and provide indigenous mothers with the necessary nutritional knowledge to prevent chronic malnutrition in their c

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic Undergoes Renovations
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image This month, we are honoring the memory of our beloved Charlie, who we lost one year ago. In his honor, and to respect his love of helping translate and assist in medical clinics, we are renovating and improving our Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic and could not be more excited. First step: renovati

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Our Well Mother, Well Baby Program Gives Hope and Health
Grace White
blog image The mothers that come to our Well Mother, Well Baby Program show a certain resolve and humility that words can barely describe. These mother’s first admit that they are unable to provide fully for their children and lack sufficient or appropriate education to nourish them.Photo Credit: Ju

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Update on our Family Planning & Reproductive Health Education Workshops
Info Mayan Families
blog image Since January, Mayan Families has been running Family Planning & Reproductive Health workshops nearly every day. Almost 600 students in middle and high school participated in the first round of workshops and were introduced to many topics, including gender equality, sexual relationships, se

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Surmounting the Odds: Maria's Story
Grace White
blog image When we think of retirement in developed countries, many of us think of a period of rest, well deserved after decades of hard work and dedication to our families or for our communities. However, for the indigenous elderly in the highlands of Guatemala, the idea of retirement is simply transitio

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Well Mother Well Baby Program Success!
Grace White
blog image Our Well Mother Well Baby Program, while still in its infancy, is already making a positive impact upon its participants. After extensive research and input from doctors who have worked with Mayan Families over the past several months, we have adopted some key new changes, including modified nutriti

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Introducing Our Ojos Abiertos Program: Educating Youth on Reproductive Health and Family Planning in Rural Guatemala
Info Mayan Families
blog image Did you know that more than one in five Guatemalan young women have babies before their 18th birthday (UNESCO)? According to the World Health Organization, indigenous women in rural Guatemalan communities have an average of six children, one of the highest fertility rates in the world. Man

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