Pueblo a Pueblo

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Charitable Organization
Santiago, Atitlán
, Sololá
September 24, 2012 - 1:00pm
Lake Atitlan + Chimaltenango
11 - 20
Education / Schools, Health / Medical, Cultural / Indegenous, Women's Issues, Engineer / H20 / Stoves

Pueblo a Pueblo was established in 2001 to address the widespread poverty, illiteracy and poor health afflicting the communities surrounding Santiago Atitlan, a T’zutujil community nestled on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. This village of 43,000 residents is one of the largest indigenous Maya communities in the Americas. Our name, which can be interpreted as “village to village” or “people to people,” celebrates the bond between local and international supporters and the indigenous families of Guatemala.

Pueblo a Pueblo’s early efforts focused on helping to reopen a local community hospital that had been closed due to the country’s civil war. In 2005, six months after we achieved this goal, mudslides from Hurricane Stan buried the hospital up to its roof, rendered the elementary school unsafe and claimed the lives of more than 400 men, women and children. Pueblo a Pueblo’s post-hurricane response helped to relocate the school in less than 12 weeks and provided local children and families—many left homeless by the storm—with nutritious food. These relief efforts served as the foundation for our school lunch and child health and education sponsorship programs.

Since 2005, Pueblo a Pueblo has evolved and expanded to more directly target the three most critical needs of the indigenous Maya in this region; long-term solutions to support child education and health and nutrition.

Today we work in multiple communities in the Santiago Atitlan region. Our programs are reducing maternal and infant mortality; teaching new mothers about parenting, child care and family planning; helping children stay in school and succeed; keeping infants and children healthy with regular medical and dental exams; delivering nutritious meals at school; teaching children to grow their own vegetables; improving literacy with a school library and ongoing literacy activities; and providing the facilities, education and clean water needed to keep children healthy and teach them good sanitation and hygiene habits.

For more information and to see what we're up to in Santiago, please check out our blog: http://www.puebloapueblo.org/multimedia/blog/

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