Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Exciting Changes Coming to the Well Mother, Well Baby Program
blog image Written by Alysa Grude, Nutrition and Welfare Development Program ManagerChronic malnutrition is a preventable condition that largely inflicts the children in the communities in which Mayan Families works. In the community of Peña Blanca, we have approximated that 81% of children under f

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Look at us grow! Introducing the Well Mother, Well Baby Program to Peña Blanca
blog image Written by Alysa Grude, Nutrition and Welfare Program Coordinator“I am afraid to eat too much during my pregnancy and possibly have a hard time giving birth,” a pregnant mother told us as she recalled what she had eaten the day before.  We recently spoke with a group of mothers in P

Friday, September 9, 2016
Fruit Salad and Economic Empowerment at Well Mother, Well Baby
blog image Written by Clarke Glavin, Nutrition and Welfare Program ManagerBy mid-morning, Mayan Families staff have worked up an appetite. Local vendors take advantage, selling everything from ice cream to empanadas at our headquarters in Panajachel.This gave Ana Yach, Mayan Families Comadrona (traditional mid

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Stories from the Field: Two Programs Step up for Maria
Medical Intern
blog image Written by Sophia Kecskes, Medical Program InternEight month-old Maria is the youngest of five children and lives in Panajachel with her siblings, mother, and grandmother. When her mother was four months pregnant, her father abandoned the family. Her mother only has a third grade education and

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

Friday, June 17, 2016
It’s a team effort: Including fathers in the Well Mother, Well Baby Program
Rudy Lopez
blog image This blog was written by Gabriela Burkey, our Nutrition & Welfare Development intern.“La familia es lo primero para un padre,” says Juan with energy and a bright smile. “Family comes first for a dad.”Juan was one of three men who requested time off work on a Friday evenin

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Look at us grow! Part II: Filtering out disease from our Well Mother, Well Baby Program
blog image This blog is part of a series on our Well Mother, Well Baby Program, introducing the changes and new challenges of neonatal health. You can read Part I of our series here. “Running around when we were kids, playing in the dust and then taking a long drink from the tap was completely normal,&rd

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
International Women's Day 2016: 5 Facts About Being a Mother in Guatemala
blog image Imagine waking up to the sound of water running. You are lying on the dirt floor of your one-room home, with a straw mat as a bed and a bundle of clothes as a pillow. You get up and find that there is a stream running through your kitchen; rain from the night before, flowing down the mountain and in

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, 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, October 8, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Vitamin Angels & Their Life-Saving Support
Claire Allen
blog image We have an invaluable appreciation of the work Vitamin Angels does and we were thrilled to welcome them once again, along with their corporate sponsors, The Vitamin Shoppe, to give a helping hand in the Lake Atitlán region this September.Vitamin Angels generously donates annual supplies

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Loss of Rights for Young Guatemalan Mothers: Cristina's Story
Claire Allen
blog image For many indigenous mothers affiliated with Mayan Families, maternity and raising a family in the rural highlands of Guatemala often comes with a challenging set of responsibilities and concerns. According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) Guatemala has one of th

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Seven Surprising Facts About Being a Mother in Guatemala
Jennifer Hughes
blog image Mothers represent a child's whole world. With Mother’s Day just passed, we wanted to share some facts about mothers in Guatemala.If you are a mother in an indigenous community, you most likely won’t deliver your baby in the hospital but at home. Indigenous midwives called comad

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
What is it like to be a mother in rural Guatemala?
Grace White
blog image With Mother’s Day on the horizon, we are taking the time to honor the strength and sacrifices made by the women living below the line of poverty in rural Guatemala who we work with every day.  The mothers in our Well Mother, Well Baby Program often do not have access t

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A Well Mother, Well Baby Success Story: Andy's Story
Grace White
blog image A wonderful success story for the Well Mother, Well Baby Program as we finish weight and height measurements for the sixth time this year: Andy Romario has graduated!The Well Mother, Well Baby Program helps the most severe cases of infant malnutrition during the critical stage of developme

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Well Mother, Well Baby Program: Education is Key
Grace White
blog image For all of us in the US or similar countries who are lucky to have access to dependable medical expertise, the internet or even the ability to read books on infant nutrition, the decision of “what to feed my baby?” is a well-informed one and relatively easy to answer. Most of our fears o

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014
World Food Day: Our Efforts to Combat Food Insecurity & Hunger in Guatemala
Katy Morris
blog image Today we join thousands of people across the globe to celebrate World Food Day, acknowledging the particular spotlight on the importance of “Family Farming”. Here in Guatemala, hunger and malnutrition is a constant yet very real concern that we see every day. In rural areas, includi

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