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

Mission: Mil Milagros/A Thousand Miracles partners with communities in rural Guatemala to prevent malnutrition and hunger and to improve children's health and education in Guatemala. The Guatemalan Ministry of Education reports that 66% of sixth graders in Guatemala graduate from primary school, and the rates are estimated to be just 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 exceed 70% in rural indigenous communities like those where Mil Milagros works.

Results: • Since 2010, 97% 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 development program. • More than 750 mothers and grandmothers have been trained in nutrition, hygiene, 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 needs including clean water and healthcare services. In addition, Mil Milagros has worked with other NGO's to build 23 homes, 12 school bathrooms, and two schools in MM's partner communities.

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: early childhood development, nutrition, health/hygiene, literacy, and training for mothers and grandmothers

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary non-profit that is changing both lives and communities. I had the privilege of seeing it in action this past February, when we visited four of its school sites and witnessed first-hand the impact Mil Milagros is having on improving the nutrition and hygiene of impoverished children in rural Guatemalan communities. What Mil Milagros and its leaders understand so well is that long-term change can only be effectuated by involving parents, grandparents and the whole community in efforts to improve the quality of life for children. The program takes great care to engage mothers and caregivers not only as participants in health programs, but also as potential leaders of wellness efforts in their own homes and communities. As an Executive Director of a non-profit in Washington, DC, I am very familiar with the best practices that allow a lean organization to have a major impact in its field--and Mil Milagros exemplifies everything that good non-profits should be doing. Since spending time with Mil Milagros Executive Director Margaret Blood and her staff in Guatemala, I have become an active supporter as well as an avid fan of the remarkable work they are doing.

Marcie V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to volunteer in the fall of 2016 for Mil Milagros. The commitment and dedication that Mil Milagros has to a greater purpose is unforgettable. Every member of this organization is driven and considerate. After speaking to coordinators in Mil Milagros' Guatemala and Boston sites, I am positive Mil Milagros is a positive force for change that will never rest. To me, Mil Milagros is a family. Everyone from Guatemala to Boston had an immense amount of care for each other and from this organization, I learned that the best thing you can share with the world is knowledge. Margaret Blood and Mil Milagros are sharing knowledge with mothers in rural Guatemala every day, and I cannot wait to see how this nonprofit grows and gives in the future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently returned from a 5 day trip to Solola with an amazing group of people to see an amazing organization and the work it does. While in Guatemala the group I was with visited four different schools that Mil Milagros has touched, and it is apparent that a touch from this organization is a touch of life, for the children, and teachers in those schools showed nothing but thankfulness and friendship when we walked through their doors. Mil Milagros' work in these schools surely has changed the lives of these children, giving them their first meal of the day, allowing them to focus and actually show up for school. I never in my life have seen children so happy to receive dental floss, but it just shows how much these kids truly want to be healthy, and how they want to learn and grow. It is because of Mil Milagros that they are given this opportunity that they so obviously long for, it is remarkable work that is being done. I hope to visit again very soon.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have just gotten back from my 4th trip to see the programs. Everything that is done at the schools is amazing it not only benefits the children at the schools but beyond. It touches the lives of everyone in the village in which the schools are located. Mil Milagros not only changes the lives of the kids when they are at school and in the programs but long after they graduate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just came back from my third trip to Guatemala. During this trip, I visited four of the schools supported by Mil Milagros. This was a wonderful and rewarding experience. Mil Milagros does an amazing job with supporting these schools. The children are always so grateful for what they receive and everything that they have. The love that Margaret has for this program, that she created, is beautiful to witness. The children when they see her, surround her with nothing but love and hugs. Being adopted from Guatemala has made this experience eye-opening for me. I know that I could have been one of those children. Just knowing that I can make a difference in these children's lives is more than I can ask for, and being able to give back to those who need it. This time going to Guatemala was different and I could really see it more as a place in my heart and somewhere that I know is always going to feel like home.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After spending nearly 10 days in the company of the extraordinary team of Mil Milagros it is easy to share my amazement at the work that they accomplish every day on behalf of the women, children and families they serve. I was there to train the Mother Leaders and the staff of Mil MIlagros as facilitators of the Parenting Journey, a dynamic, groundbreaking parenting program. Given our program's innovative approach and Mil Milagros' committment to not just supporting but launching women leaders in the communities they serve, it was a match made in heaven We planned together, adapted our curriculum to the needs of Mil Milagros' women leaders and launched an amazing week of training.

What most impresses me about Mil Milagros is the combination of vision and commitment that they embody every day. Some of the obstacles they face are daunting. The communities they serve are impoverished (of resources, not of spirit), and they can feel isolated in the highlands of Guatemala. Mil Milagros serves as a tremendous anchor and a seeding ground for both personal and community growth. I look forward to returning this spring and continue to support these invaluable women. They represent what changing the world actually looks like.

1 Juan Antonio G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is with great pleasure that I write this review on behalf of Mil Milagros. As a Guatemalan educator, I have being able to witness the amazing transformation occurring among the children, their families and the villages where the program has been functioning in the State of Sololá.
Last year I had the opportunity to visit my country and to work directly with the children, parents and teachers in four of the eight Mil Milagros schools. Seeing the results of happy, well fed, healthy children who are so willing to learn, made me feel that there is hope for a better future in my country. Knowing how important this program truly is, I am committed to return this year to continue the work that I started during my firs visit.
Thank you Mil Milagros for providing our children and parents with the tools to be in charge of their communities, for allowing them to find and use their own voices to express their feelings, desires and dreams.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with Mil Milagros for 3 years, as donors and as visitors to Guatemala. The miracle of this tiny but mighty organization is the way they they work directly with each village. They teach families about health, they involve families with the school lunch programs, and they help people help themselves.
Ultimately, this is how you truly change lives. Mil Milagros should stand as an example to all non-profits in terms of helping to effect permanent change in a poverty-stricken country. They have been so successful that they have a long waiting list of schools and communities in need of their help.
Here in the US, it's easy to forget how fortunate we are. Meeting Margaret, and learning about this incredible organization has been a life-changing experience for me. She is truly an inspiration to every person who wants to make a difference in the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently came back from an amazing five day trip to Guatemala to support Mil Milagros. My group and I brought supplies to donate to the schools. We were lucky enough to visit four different schools that were receiving support from Mil Milagros. Margaret traveled to every school with us and introduced us to students/staff, translated and answered any questions we had. Both the staff and children in the schools showed immense gratitude for have the support of Mil Milagros. The staff explained to us that these schools are now able to serve meals to the children, allowed them to focus better on school work. Mil Milagros has been so successful in supporting and educating hundreds of children. I hope this organization is able to grow and continue to spread their love to schools in need. Thank you for everything you do, Mil Milagros!

2 Donna276

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter and I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Solola with Mil Milagros last week! It was a life changing experience which has renewed my faith in the work of non profit organizations. The passion and dedication of the founder, Margaret Blood, along with her small and talented staff in Guatemala are beyond compare. Training mothers and grandmothers to be leaders in their communities, 700 to date, positively impacts the long term mission to eliminate childhood malnutrition and improve the health and education of the children in rural areas where malnutrition is estimated to be 70%. Through partnership with rural schools and the efforts of the mother/grandmother volunteers, Mil Milagros is able to provide 1300 nutritious meals every day!! What an accomplishment! And many more schools are on the waiting list! Our family is committed to providing a monthly gift to Mil Milagros to support the life sustaining work that is done on behalf of these beautiful children. Muchas gracias Mil Milagros!