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Target demographics: over 1,100 children (ages six months to twelve years) and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,100 children

Geographic areas served: Sololá, Guatemala

Programs: school nutrition, early childhood malnutrition prevention, educational support, and hygiene training.

The mission of Mil Milagros, Inc. ™ 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 Maya communities, the rate of malnutrition exceeds 80% (La Prensa Libre).
Mil Milagros partners with 5 schools and communities to provide over 1,100 children with nutritious hot lunches, hygiene supplies and lessons and educational materials.

• Since 2010, 96% of 6th graders at Mil Milagros partners schools graduated (the national average is 40%).

• Over 550 mothers and grandmothers volunteer with Mil Milagros to prepare the children’s snacks and meals; over 200 mother and grandmother leaders have been trained in nutrition, hygiene and public speaking.

• All school-aged children develop healthy hygiene habits in school that they also practice in their homes including: tooth brushing, handwashing, and using toilet paper.

• In the two communities where Mil Milagros has partnered with Wuqu’ Kawoq since 2011 to reduce childhood malnutrition, there has been a 52% and 100% reduction in severe stunting, respectively. Through the training of mothers, monthly vitamin delivery, and monthly medical clinics, the lives of these children are improving.

• Partnerships have been formed to provide access to healthy drinking water, school and home construction, and healthcare services.

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After deciding I was financially able to donate a fair amount of money to help the less fortunate I made Guatemala my focus. I spent a year or so researching non-profits and the whole realm of charitable organizations- the good they do and the problems and pitfalls. I spent many weeks visiting and ... more »
When I volunteered with with Mil Milagros in 2010 and 2013, I visited 23 families living in rotary club tents and cooking together in an outdoor kitchen in a village high above Lake Atitlan after a huge mud slide had destroyed their homes and school. I also visited a small school in Pana where ... more »
Mil Milagros is doing amazing work in Guatemala by partnering with schools, teachers and mothers, to make sure that children have a healthy meal at school each day. In August 2014, my wife, son, and I visited four of the five schools where Mil Milagros is engaged and saw first-hand the close ... more »
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