We partner with Mayas living in remote villages in San Martin, Jilotepeque, who have overwhelming needs but almost no resources. Health care, education, adequate housing, and clean, running water – life’s most basic necessities are out of reach for most.
By developing partnerships with families and entire communities seeking help, we teach them responsibility, life skills, and various strategies to work together to accomplish change.
Our integrated approach to improving health and education includes:
- Operating health and dental clinics in two rural villages, treating upwards of 700 patients a month
- Focusing on patient education and encouraging healthy lifestyle changes
- Increasing access to information about family planning and provide family planning methods at our health clinics
- Installing efficient, vented Chapina stoves that use less firewood and reduce indoor smoke that causes respiratory problems and other illnesses and creating less impact on the environment
- Building safe, sanitary composting latrines and training families on good hygiene practices
- Assisting communities to build water delivery systems that bring clean, running water to every home, reducing exposure to water-borne diseases and improving overall health
- Empowering women to actively participate in community and household decision-making
- Increasing job opportunities for young people by supporting education through our scholarship program
- Teaching women how to read, write and math skills in rural villages
- Installing computers in elementary and junior high schools and training teachers how to use technology in classrooms
- Offering vocational training at our Learning and Skills Center including classes in sewing, cooking, cosmetology, English and technology
- Building new classrooms and upgrading schools with new roofs, bathrooms, and hand washing stations; personal and dental hygiene training
- Assisting 100 students with scholarships to attend junior high, high school, and college