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Causes: Education, Food, Literacy, Nutrition, Preschools, Primary & Elementary Schools, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Mil Milagros/A Thousand Miracles partners with mothers, grandmothers, and teachers in Guatemala to prevent child malnutrition and hunger and to improve health and education in Guatemala. The Ministry of Education reports that just 66% of children in Guatemala complete sixth grade, yet the rates are estimated to be 40% in rural communities like those where Mil Milagros works. According to UNICEF, 50% of the children in Guatemala are malnourished - the highest rate in the western hemisphere . However, the rates of child malnutrition rates in rural indigenous communities like those where Mil Milagros works can exceed 70%.

Results: • Since 2010, 96% of 6th graders in Mil Milagros partner schools have graduated. • Rates of child malnutrition and stunting have been reduced by 50% among those children who regularly participate in Mil Milagros' early childhood nutrition program. • More than 600 mothers and grandmothers have been trained in nutrition, hygiene, presentation skills, and leadership. • Children have developed and practice healthy hygiene habits including: tooth brushing, hand washing, and using soap. • Successful strategic partnerships have been formed with other NGOs to address other community needs including clean water, school and home construction, and healthcare services.

Target demographics: More than 1,500 children (ages six months to 15 years) and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500+ children, 600+ mothers and grandmothers, and 95 teachers

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: nutrition, health/hygiene, literacy, and training for mothers and grandmothers

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Ramona K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For 10 years, I’ve worked with impoverished communities in Guatemala, supporting efforts to empower women, children and youth through health and wellness, education, and economic development programs. During this time, I encountered Mil Milagros and instantly became impressed by its integral approach with respect to preventing malnutrition and improving education -- addressing both immediate health and safety concerns meanwhile engaging the wider community in promoting systemic change. Mil Milagros partners with local constituents, governmental and non-profit organizations, to accomplish its objectives with a strong emphasis on measuring impact. This very conscious, strategic effort coupled with the passion and dedication of the local and international staff defines a truly “Great Non-Profit.” Thank you Mil Milagros for your incredible and important work.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work that Mil Milagros does is truly inspirational! I worked with this organization for just over a year and had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Guatemala and to experience the programs and see the schools first-hand. It was incredible to meet the children and families that benefit so greatly from these programs and from the support of Mil Milagros donors. The organization has a fantastic team of passionate leaders who have committed their life's work to growing Mil Milagros. One can truly see the great impact a donation provides to the children and families in the regions of Guatemala that Mil Milagros serves.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mil Milagros is a model program for combating malnutrition. It has sparked amazing changes. I've seen the program in action on visits to participating schools over several years. There is always a buzz in the kitchen where the moms are preparing carefully planned nutritious lunches and snacks. Hand washing, tooth brushing, and giggles are standard additions. The kids' smiles are only a partial reflection of their improved health. The real transformation is in the palpable energy of the pride and hope in children, mothers, fathers, teachers, and town councils working with the program. In my 50 years of experience living in and writing about Guatemala, I can say that Mil Milagros is the best of programs that demonstrate all that can be accomplished by respecting, listening to, and working with the people on the ground.