Mil Milagros

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Charitable Organization
Panajachel
, Sololá
September 26, 2016 - 2:34pm
Guatemala
Xela + Western Highlands
Carolyn Daly
502 4010 2419
502 7762 2589
Less than 5
Education / Schools
Description:

Mission:
The mission of Mil Milagros is to ensure that all children in Guatemala graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education. USAID reports that only 40% of children complete sixth grade. Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of child malnutrition in the world with fifty percent of the children malnourished (World Food Programme). In some Mayan communities, the rate of malnutrition exceeds 80% (La Prensa Libre).

History:
Mil Milagros was founded in 2007 by Margaret Blood, the Founder and President of Strategies for Children, Inc.™, an award-winning children’s policy and advocacy organization based in Boston, MA. Appalled by the high rates of child malnutrition and hunger, and the low rates of primary school completion she found during a 2006 volunteer sabbatical at Proyecto Semilla, a school for child workers in Panajachel, Sololá, Margaret was determined to help. She initiated a breakfast program for the 160 children at Proyecto Semilla and based on the impact of that effort, founded Mil Milagros with the pro-bono assistance of the law firm of Goulston and Storrs, of Boston. The organization was named “Mil Milagros” with “Mil” representing the United Nations’ Millenium Goals and “Milagros” meaning “miracles” – essential to achieving big visions. The goals of Mil Milagros are aligned with two of the United Nations’ eight Millennium Goals: the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; and universal primary education. In its first year of implementation, Mil Milagros launched its pilot nutrition, health and hygiene program serving 200 children at the Proyecto Semilla and Chutinamit schools. By 2014, Mil Milagros has expanded to partner with five schools and communities to serve over 1,100 children – from birth through age 14 – in the department (state) of Sololá – Chichimuch, Chutinamit, Nuevo Progreso, Pahaj, and San Juan la Laguna – at an average cost of $1.00 per child per day.

Approach:
Mil Milagros works with each partner school to design and implement the following six strategies:

1. Nutrition: high-quality nourishing meals and snacks, prepared by mothers and grandmothers who receive on-going training; and a robust early childhood nutrition program to prevent malnutrition;
2. Health and hygiene care;
3. Education supports including textbooks, school supplies, and teacher training;
4. Leadership development among children and their mothers and grandmothers;
5. Partnerships to address community needs; and
6. Measurement of program impact.

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