Since I learned about Mil Milagros in 2017, I have been very impressed with the work they are doing in Guatemala. Having worked for Mil Milagros and visited their programs in Guatemala, I have seen first hand the impact that they are having on the lives of the children and families in Santa Lucía Utatlán. With a strong and dedicated team and leadership, it has been amazing to see how Mil Milagros has taken on the challenges of 2020, continuing to provide nutrition and educational services during a time when they are needed more than ever in rural Guatemala. Keep up the great work!!
The work that Mil Milagros does is absolutely amazing! They are a strong organization that deserves to be recognized for their hard work. The caring and dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensuring donations go directly to improving the lives of children and families in rural Guatemala.
As a retired teacher I have had the opportunity to be involved with and support Mil Milagros for a number of years. It is an outstanding organization that in my view has earned the reputation of an admirable and remarkable charitable institution with tremendous commitment and a great mentoring program. Mil Milagros provides health, nutrition and education to children and their families in rural Guatemala with amazing results. These life-changing foundations and schooling contribute to the strength required to succeed and create a much stronger community! iEs un honor ser parte de Mil Milagros!iGracias!
I met Margaret Blood in January 2016 and heard her story of the people of Guatemala and the work she was doing for the families in the villages. We hit it off from the first day we met. Margaret offered me a part time consulting position as the internal accountant. I stayed on until I retired in late 2019. I saw first hand what this organization was committed to and their mssion which I inbraced wholeheartedly. MilMilagros, is still in my heart and on my donation list!! :-)
I did a small humanitarian visit to schools with Mil Milagros and was very impressed with their relationships with the village communities. It made a lasting impression on me and my family.
Mil Milagros is an exceptional nonprofit devoted to the empowerment of Guatemalan women and their families and communities through a series of initiatives providing education, supplies and resources, as well as the tools to foster community owned and led programs. I have donated money over the past few years as I think it’s vital work to aid communities in need, although in a way that really understands and listens to that community and empowers and engages its members to be leaders in all programs.
My wife and I adopted our two children from Guatemala. Our son was born in a remote rural village similar to those supported by Mil Milagros. Both are going up healthy and strong. We want to help others do the same.
All children want to realize their hopes and dreams. That starts with empowering the mothers and the communities in which they live. We feel our monthly donations are used in an efficient and humanitarian way that helps others in our children's native country. We are happy and proud of Mil Milagros's work.
My daughter,Margaret,has enjoyed the opportunity to work with your group for many years-More importantly for the chance to help those in need.She loves Guatemalia and its people.We all hope that Mil Milagros will keep up this special work to help so where it is needed.Good luck-MilMilagros!!! -- Sincerely,Nancy B. Harmon
I donate to Mil Milagros after seeing first hand all the good work they do across their communities when I was visiting Guatemala last year. I believe in the work they do, particularly empowering women to be leaders and educating children and I know my donations are making a real and tangible difference in both the short and long term.
Mil Milagros is a fantastic organisation that makes a huge impact on the local community. It is so nice to see updates every month and read about the changes that Mil Milagros are implementing.
Conozco el trabajo que hace Mil Milagros en las comunidades indígenas de Guatemala y ha sido muy importante en las vidas de muchos niños, ya que los programas que tienen ha ayudado al desarrollo físico y emocional. Espero que sigan trabajando y desarrollando estos programas en más comunidades de Guatemala en donde sea necesario.
I have volunteered for Mil Milagros at their annual meetings in Boston, and make donations annually. Your donation to Mil Milagros goes further than any other nonprofit I can think of. The MM team puts your donation to work in rural Guatemala, helping local families build a strong and vibrant next generation of their community. Mothers, grandmothers, children, fathers, sisters, brothers ... all who encounter Mil Milagros benefit from their good deeds, health and education, and positive outlook on humanity.
I love that Mil Milagros not only helps school-aged children, which is a worthy cause in and of itself, but it also empowers women. It's lovely to see an organization using the power of women to help and lead their own communities. They're doing great work!
After hearing about Mil Milagros and the awesome services they provide not only to children but also to their mothers and grandmothers I had to get involved by being a donor.
I found out that Mil Milagros mission was improve the quality of life for the people of Guatemala they serve. Not only do they educate the students by helping them become literate but they also teach hygiene, teach them healthy eating habits by providing fruits daily.
Women are provided hands on training to teach them life skills to help them be independent parents and grandparents . They are able to practice and reinforce behaviors taught at school.
I have watched the videos online , and see how happy and enthusiastic the children are to learn. I see the parents learning to bake and realize that they are able to provide for well being of their children.
I have never been to Guatemala but I worked with Carolyn in the US and know firsthand her character and integrity and how passionate she is about helping others.
I am really impressed with the positive efforts of Mil Milagros to stamp out malnutrition, and to enrich the quality of life for each family they touch.
Mil Milagros is a phenomenal nonprofit that supports mothers and children in Guatemala. I had the privilege of learning about the good work of Mil Milagros in Solola this year and to see firsthand its considerable impact in the community. Keep up the great work!
I've been involved in literacy programs for over 20 years in the Solola Deptartment if Guaemala. I discovered the importance of the work of Mil Milagros when I visited a rural school in the area and found that they were in the process of getting more much needed books for the program. The more information we obtained the more determined I was to use our connections to work in collaboration with Mil Milagros. We now have obtained more funds for the program, spreading the good work they are doing.
Mil Milagros is an outstanding non-profit organization that works in rural Guatemala. I have visited the offices and schools where Mil Milagros works their miracles. I have watched parents, grandparents, and caregivers prepare & serve nutritious meals to children. I have seen Mil Milagros staff teach classes to parents on what is best to cook how to cook it and what to encourage their children to eat so that the current widespread malnutrition may some day be eradicated. I have been touched by the broad smiles and sparkling eyes of children as they eagerly accept a new toothbrush or give a mother a rose on Mother’s Day.
Mil Milagros provides opportunities for parents to bring infants and preschool children to clinics where healthcare is provided, parenting skills are taught, encouragement is given and parents have the chance to ask for advice.
Interactive programs offered by Mil Milagros on nutrition, healthcare, leadership, and education encourage families to learn & grow together. When this happens, families are strengthened and communities improve. Through their hands on methods and day to day involvement, Mil Milagros helps the people of rural Guatemala bring about necessary changes in their communities and in their country. Mil Milagros offers the tools to transform lives one person, one family, one community, one country at a time. Mil Milagros helps the people of Guatemala learn skills which in turn enable them to see ways to become miracle makers themselves and encourage others to do the same.
After working in the non-profit world for more than 20 years as a mental health professional and most recently as a Clinical Director I am so IMPRESSED with the work ethic and efficiency in which Mil Milagros team is operates... They are an organization that "trabajan con las justas" they do so much with what they get because they know how to invest both their social and monetary capital. They are so conscientious and intentional , well-planned and focused in their daily operations and programmatic work with families. This has inspired us to become monthly donors... The staff and leadership work as one with the community because they belong to it and the community has made MM theirs! As a US citizen and a citizen of the world I feel this bond too... I shared this connection every time I have with my friends and family members and they support me in every way they can so that I can work with MM staff and families.
All my office and my house are decorated with the magnificent handmade fair-traded artesania the organization sells to fund-raise not only because of their beauty and artistic talent but because I want to always remember what this experience did to me and the hope they give me every day in this world !!
...For the past 5 years and as part of the Parenting Journey team we have witnessed first hand the dignity and respect towards the mother leaders and the children which totally matched our person-first stance and our commitment with families!
What a privilege it has been to me and my colleagues to be there, to know and be part of the mission and vision of this organization and this community...
He tenido la oportunidad de conocer el trabajo que realizan en Santa Lucía Utatlán y he quedado encantado y maravillado al ver que, no solo le brindan alimentación sana a los estudiantes de 10 escuelas, sino que también se preocupar por formarlo en higiene y limpieza, en liderazgo estudiantil y en aspectos educativo.
Como docente, admiro lo que hacen para la formación de niños lectores, que amen los libros y que comprendan lo que leen.
He apoyado a los personeros de la organización y es loable ver lo que hacen por la formación de lectores y escritores, pues tuve la dicha de leer unos libros de cuentos elaborados por los mismos estudiantes, como parte de un evento de campaña de lectura.
Espero que su labor continúe y que de frutos en abundancia.
It has been a pleasure working with Mil Milagros over the last two years. Child nutrition, health and hygiene are important steps in advancing the general well being in rural Guatemala. Carolyn Daly and Margaret Blood are very skilled at organizing communities to achieve mutual beneficial goals.
We loved our visit to Guatemala and meeting with Mil Milagros in country director, Carolyn Daley. Carolyn had us visit two Mil Milagros sponsored schools. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to see the impact that Mil Milagros has on the children at the schools. The children were being exposed to and learning basic human fundamentals that many kids just don't get taught. We saw good hygiene with hand washing stations and teeth brushing with donated tooth brushes and tooth paste.
The visit was especially meaningful to our fourteen year old son adopted from Guatemala when he was a year old. This was our first trip back to his birth country, and I could not have been more inspired to have the trip framed around such an amazing organization. After only one day, our hearts were filled with the generosity shown by the students at both schools as they performed musical skits and dances for us! Afterwards, there was time for our two boys to play soccer, while my wife connected with the girls at the schools with the international expressions of love and warmth.
I was fortunate enough to visit Mil Milagros with my in July. I was struck by the enormous impact the program and the staff has on the lives of these children and families. The way Mil Milagros empowers mothers while educating and feeding children is a very special and unique model. I look forward to supporting Mil Milagros for many years to come.
We are donors to Mil Milagros and this year took a family trip to visit the community schools that Mil Milagros supports. It is hard to find words to describe the experience of visiting the schools and meeting the students and student leaders and seeing their passion and enthusiasm. We are so proud to be able to contribute to this worthy cause.
Mil Milagros is changing lives across generations in ways that will change communities for generations to come. From the youngest child to the eldest grandmother, Mil Milagros feeds with food, empowerment, and information for which the people they serve are starving. Real results with real people.
I think the work that Mil Milagros is doing is very important. My family traveled to Guatemala this past April and we finally all got to see the communities we serve through our Mil Milagros donations, which we have been making for many years. We got to meet the children, mothers, and teachers and to see the impact we were having. Mil Milagros doesn't just help educate and empower Mayan women and children in the Highlands of Guatemala, it helps to ensure its partner communities have the food, water, hygiene and education supplies critical to improving their lives. There are many more children and communities that need Mil Milagros's support. Please help if you can.
My daughter and I traveled with Margaret Blood, Founder of Mil Milagros, to Guatemala in February of 2017 . We were continually impressed with the good work that Mil Milagros did (and continues to do) in providing nutritious meals for the students, in teaching mothers and grandmothers about choosing healthy foods for their children and in instructing the students themselves to be leaders in good hygiene and oral health practices. We are grateful to Mil Milagros for partnering with rural schools in Guatemala to ensure the health of every single child that they serve. Mucho Gracias!
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!
Courts for Kids partnered with Mil Milagros to build a multi-use athletic court for a community. We sent a team of high school students and their chaperones and were warmly received. Working on such a massive project has a lot of moving pieces with many moving parts and the staff at Mil Milagros were a delight to work with. They were detailed oriented and on top of all the logistics. We completed the court almost seamlessly (some weather delays but nothing too big) thanks to their fore-thought and work ethic. Our group had a FANTASTIC experience and had all their needs met. We would work with Mil Milagros again anytime! Thank you Mil Milagros for the work you are doing and the difference you are making in Guatemala. Fingers crossed we can partner again on a future project!
I have been involved with Mil Milagros for the last 3 years. What makes Mil Milagros (MM) unique, and what has motivated my increasing desire to help, is their enormous creativity to simultaneously improve children's nutrition and educational needs while also empowering mothers in the rural Guatemalan communities they serve. The level of community involvement has a multiplier effect on achieving MM's mission goals. Communities in rural mostly indigenous areas in Guatemala have many needs and MM is doing much with its resources to not only help improve children's welfare but also leveraging donations to amplify their impact by developing "mother-leaders" in the community. Children stay in school because they receive what is likely their only significant meal in the day --lovingly prepared by their mothers and grandmothers augmented with MM resources and assistance. MM has also added health and hygiene topics to the curriculum for kids and their Moms. MM develops these mother-leaders to help foster a sustainable and more durable model to keep kids in school and empowering women to take a more active role in their communities.
You recognize how great is the need when you learn children's most cherished possession is often a toothbrush. IMHO by sharing our ample resources here in North America we can improve the lives of Central American families and discourage them from perilous journeys across the continent to escape poverty and instead engender hope and progress for people to live happy productive lives in their own communities. Mil Milagros is making this a reality!
Our family of 4 spent several days with the Mil Milagros team. Margaret was incredibly gracious with sharing her time and knowledge with us. Suffice it to say, we were astounded by all that this organization has accomplished as well as by its plans for future work. Various members of our family have been volunteering in Guatemala for the past 18 years, and we all agree that Mil Milagros is a special group. It has a specific, well defined focus, and its attention to the needs of the communities it serves is both inspirational and practical. Mil Milagros uses evidence based data to effect change while maintaining compassion, love, and respect for the Guatemalan people. It was our honor to see and work with this incredible institution. This marks a new beginning for our family. Thank you.
I have been a long time volunteer and donor to Mil Milagros. Last April I had the opportunity to go to Guatemala and to see the INCREDIBLE work the staff and volunteers are doing to support young children, moms and entire communities! The programs are so thoughtful and intentional and are designed to build leadership and empowerment skills for the moms and to support the health and nutrition of the children. The staff serve a critical role providing resources, knowledge and the opportunity to learn and practice new skills. I was overwhelmed by the commitment and dedication of the mother leaders and inspired to hear the transformational stories from moms who have been involved with Mil Milagros. The partnerships with the schools, teachers and members of the larger community provide a strong foundation for the families. Mil Milagros is making a positive difference in so many people’s lives. I can’t wait to go back!
Mil Milagros is doing critical work to support the children and families in Guatemala. It has been amazing to see the organization strategically grow and have greater impact without losing its laser focus on results. I have been inspired to hear about all the programs and services that are making a difference - especially the work with the moms. I am proud to support Mil Milagros.
Andrea G. Volunteer/Donor I have been volunteering in the Mil Milagros's Boston office for awhile and have been a donor for the past 5 years. My observation is from the perspective of how the administrative portion of the program works. The dedicated staff is hard working and highly organized. This well run non-profit organization's attention to details is admirable. Every donor receives a personally signed thank you letter or a beautiful card with a picture of some of the children who are benifiting from this wonderful program. I am so impressed by the passion, love and dedication of the Mil Milagros's founder, Margaret Blood. She speaks to any and everyone about her program, which often brings in new donors and people who become interested in helping or volunteering in Guatemala. Just recently a local t.v. program, "Chronicle" interviewed Margaret and showed how the program is working in Guatemala and how it is benefiting the families in the community. Margaret also shops for beautiful handmade crafts while in Guatemala and brings them back to Boston where she sets up many church and private home sales. She is always striving to get the word out and educate people about her program and the importance of helping these families towards a better future, and to raise money so her program can continue this important work. I feel fortunate to be apart of this wonderful program and to work with such passionate and dedicated people. Thank you Mil Milagros for your outstanding and important work.
Last week my children and I had the pleasure of visiting Solola and 2 Mil Milagros supported schools. The children in the schools were so grateful for the meals and supplies provided by Mil Milagros.
Margaret Blood is passionate about her work and it was clear the children and school staff recognize her as their champion. Ms. Blood and Mil Milagros have been successful in incentivizing school attendance by providing consistent nutritious meals on a daily basis to all students.
Mil Milagros has also been advocating for it's communities by coordinating with other organizations to bring in necessary resources such as sinks, water and other enhancements to schools.
During our visit we witnessed children enjoying healthy meals (corn on the cob, hamburgers, bread and fresh fruit). We saw a volunteer from another organization preparing to drill a well to provide fresh water to the school (coordinated by Mil Milagros).
Children at the Mil Milagros schools expressed gratitude for the hygiene implements (soap, toothpaste and toilet paper) provided by Mil Milagros. The students told us that without Mil Milagros, they never had these items.
We were so impressed with Ms. Blood and her team of miracle deliverers! They are addressing true needs with planning and care.
It is my pleasure to share my experiences volunteering for the past two years for my favorite charity, Mil Milagros in Sololá, Guatemala. I have personally experienced the great impact that MM has been achieving in the rural areas of my country.
I worked from April to July this year in several of the schools and communities the participate with Mil Milagros. I was able to see how happy and well fed the children are and ready to learn. Also I saw the parents involvement in the schools either in preparing daily meals for the children or participating in classes or workshops designed to improve their skills in the areas of health, nutrition and childcare. The quality of services that this program os offering to all the participants, is very impressive.
I can describe the success to this program in three words, dedication, transparency and efficiency .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I spent my summer volunteering with Mil Milagros. I had the opportunity to visit their partner schools, watch how the staff worked in the office and also conducted 1:1 interviews with their Mother Leaders. The team really cares about the population they work with, and they understand the challenges that their communities face, which is crucially important. During my interviews with the Mother Leaders, I heard so many stories about how Mil Milagros had impacted these women's lives. Not only did the mothers report that their children were healthier, but they also reported that they themselves had gained so much from working with Mil Milagros - self-confidence, a community, and more.
I had the privilege of volunteering with Mil Milagros for several months in their Boston office and a month in their Guatemala office. Both locations instilled in me a sense of amazement at the variety of high-impact work that is occurring in Guatemala. Not only do the Guatemalan partner communities collaborate with Mil Milagros staff, but they lead and develop the majority of the projects. It was fascinating to see the direct benefits from the health and hygiene, educational, and nutritional projects on the children, but also the profound impact the projects made on the mother and grandmother leaders in each community. Grandmothers who became influential leaders in their communities and mothers who were inspired to go back to school were common stories amongst all of their partner communities.
Needless to say, Mil Milagros is one of the very few non-profits out there that invests in the right combination of community involvement, health, education, and women's leadership with a high success rate. I am confident in saying that an investment in Mil Milagros will take you farther than other organizations. I look forward to witnessing their continued success as they expand their work with-risk mothers, grandmothers, and children in one of the poorest areas in the world.
I've had the opportunity to work with Mil Milagros in its outreach to the Guatemalan community in the United States. As a Guatemalan-American, the work Mil Milagros does has very personal meaning to me and it has touched many others in the community who are blown away by the successes achieved. The accomplishments of Mil MIlagros gives hope to many in the community in what oftentimes seems like a hopeless situation. It allows the community to build their lives in the United States while helping those in need in Guatemala.
I had the privilege of volunteering for Mil Milagros for 3.5 months, working primarily as their communications volunteer. I helped operate their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as helping out in field with the lessons that my coworkers planned. I was impressed by how well Mil Milagros worked with its partner communities, and not simply for them. Being on social media all the time and reading about a lot of other non-profits in the area, I was struck by how many weren't working to establish long-term change, and instead were just giving handouts. Mil Milagros, on the other hand, spends a lot of time and energy working with the mothers of its partner schools to train them in proper hygiene and nutrition practices so that Mil Milagros can step away from the community after a few years and the mothers can continue teaching their communities without skipping a beat.
Additionally, I admired how well the staff members worked with and got to know the members of the partner communities; mothers and children alike felt very comfortable approaching them with any questions or feedback they had.
Mil Milagros is an organization that creates tangible, lasting change, and I cannot recommend it enough.
I had the opportunity and pleasure of working with Mil Milagros as part of my social work practicum. I saw how the organization was able to accomplish such breadth of work with a small staff, and did so in a way that honored the dignity of each community Mil Milagros works with. Mil Milagros employs a partnership model, meaning that the organization does not simply impose its ideas, but rather works in alliance to implement its program and meet the needs identified by the communities. Community members are not just passive beneficiaries, but they actually play an integral role in executing the program. This unique approach therefore goes beyond a typical charitable model. By working with, and not just for the communities, Mil Milagros' approach is more sustainable and effective. I learned a lot about how to build rapport with individuals, families, and communities, and how to develop impactful programs. Additionally, as a volunteer, I felt especially supported and valued. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to form part of the Mil Milagros team!
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.
Life changing and awe inspiring! It was our PLEASURE and HONOR to spend time in Guatemala with Margaret, Carolyn and Lauren weeks ago. We saw first hand how their devotion, love and never ending support gives children the opportunity to flourish, and 'just be a kid' with food and the simple task of brushing their teeth. We made the journey to Guatemala with our son, who was adopted from Guatemala 15.5 years ago, and this was our first trip back - he is now 16. We played with the kids, fed them lunch and were treated like royalty when we visited the schools. The folks that should be treated like royalty are the Mil Milagros staff - they are the angels and heroes of this organization. Our lives have been changed forever, and we look forward to going to Guatemala again, and will continue to support Mil Milagros in any way that we can. Thank you for an incredible few days, and life time memories. Mil Milagros rocks!!!!!
The Manis Goldberg Family
My son Alex and I had the extraordinary opportunity to see first hand the positive impact Mil Milagros is having with so many children, families, and teachers in Guatemala. The very small staff accomplishes so much for so many. Margaret, Carolyn, and the other staff members have put in Daly Blood (pun intended) and sweat in ensuring every penny is put to good use in improving the nutrition and hygiene of many children and families.
We appreciated the time given during our visit to remind us both what is important in life. The families of Guatemala are very fortunate to have Mil Milagros a part of their lives and Mil Milagros is very fortunate to be paid back with so much love and gratitude.
Miracles. We spent a few days last week visiting a few of the communities that are being helped by Mil Milagros. We came home with our hearts filled with love and gratitude, and with a renewed faith in humanity. (no small feat in this election-year in the US)
We have been donors to Mil Milagros for the past two years, and we had donated money to help build a kitchen in one of the schools so that the children could have one hot meal a day. We visited that school, and saw the kitchen in use, cooking healthy vegetables for over 200 children on a wood-burning brick stove. The children lined up, chatting and smiling, and ever-so-happy to be in line for a hot meal. It was so very different from any school lunch line I have ever seen.
We also have a personal connection to Guatemala, as our 2 teens were adopted from Guatemala as infants. Seeing the work that Mil Milagros does every day, meeting the children and families they help, and seeing the dire needs of these communities was truly life-changing. We have so much we can give. They have so little, and are so grateful for everything they're given.
We are determined to find ways to help Mil Milagros continue to grow and give hope to these wonderful children and their families.
I was honored to volunteer with Mil Milagros last summer in their Boston office. I was impressed both with the efficacy of the program and by the dedicated, passionate people who do so much to make the goals of Mil Milagros a reality. One of the things I love about Mil Milagros is that the program works with local women to strengthen the community from the ground up. In this way, Mil Milagros has been able to improve nutrition, health, education, and women's rights all at the same time. I am very lucky to have been able to work with such a wonderful organization.
I had the pleasure of working with Mil Milagros staff this past summer. Their passion, creativity, and drive for constantly improving upon their holistic programming, and their responsiveness to community-determined needs, were truly inspiring.
Mil Milagros not only provides the much needed resources for the operation of their programs, but also builds the capacity of mother-leaders for a sustainable impact of child development in the communities in which they serve. In conversations with the mothers, I heard their first-hand accounts of the many ways in which Mil Milagros has changed their lives, the lives of their children and their communities. Mil Milagros has sparked hope for the future of their children, and has empowered women to have the confidence to voice their opinions and lead in their communities.
The impact Mil Milagros has on some of the poorest communities in Guatemala is dynamic. They promote and support innovative solutions. I was most impressed by how they not only feed students daily at various schools but the "mother leaders" of the students are the ones that come in and prepare the food for the children. They also provide teacher training for the teachers in the same schools. Everything about Mil Milagros shows how they work alongside the communities they serve and foster and strengthen the capacity for self help and growth. Mil Milagros is truly one of the most amazing organizations that I have had the true blessing to work with.
Our family, which includes a child adopted from Guatemala, has been working with, supporting, and serving on the board of Mil Milagros for years. We are consistently impressed, delighted, and moved by the extraordinary success of the "teach and feed" approach developed and applied by Mil Milagros in villages around Lake Atitlan. Their operation is lean, and wastes not a penny of donors dollars on unnecessary expenses. All funds go directly into supporting the important work of preventing malnutrition while educating children in ways that enable them to improve their future. Even the way Mil Milagros structures its fund-raisers is indicative of their approach; rather than offering donated "weekends in the islands" or other items for donors to bid on, their auctions offer up needed services (kitchen construction, furnishing kitchens with utensils,building sanitary facilities, etc) to bidders. There is no way to overstate the dedication, professionalism, and accomplishments of the Mil Milagros team.
I have supported many non profits over the years, but rarely one where every dollar has had so much impact on so many. With a very low overhead, Mil Milagros has allowed young children an opportunity to develop intellectually and physically as well. THey have eliminated absenteeism at school by providing nutritional lunches to children who were badly undernourished and whose growth had been stunted by extreme poverty. Many of these children of Mayan families who've been discriminated against for centuries will now reach their full potential.
In addition all of the children have been introduced to pure drinking water and the habits of hygiene e.g. they have been provided with toothbrushes for the first time and many have been seen by volunteer doctors and dentists. Over 500 mothers of the children have been taught to shop for healthy food and how to prepare it.
Mil Milagros has also been responsible for engaging the interest of a Dutch nonprofit who built houses for 25 families whose village had been destroyed by a mudslide several years ago . In addition they built a new school a well.
The lives of thousands of children over the last 5 years have benefitted from Margaret Blood and the organization, Mil Milagros, A Thousand Miracles. And all for the unbelievable sum of 50cents a day.
A donor's dream
I have been both a donor and volunteer with Mil Milagros. I have helped with the library project, reading tests, and health/hygiene activities such as weighing and measuring children. As a Guatemalan, I wish resources, training, and support such as that provided by Mil Milagros had been available for my generation because it makes such a huge impact on the lives of these children and their families. Lives are being transformed by the work of this organization!
I spent a couple of months during the summer in 2013 volunteering with MilMilagros. It was a huge blessing to be able to witness the amazing work that they are doing in the local schools and to be a part of that work. I especially appreciated how the mothers of the students in each school worked so hard each day to provide lunches to the students. It is great to see how MilMilagros ensures that the communities have ownership over the projects, that they are involved in every step.
Last August I traveled to Guatemala with fellow church members to participate in and witness the works of Mil Milagros. I can easily say that it was the best experience of my life. Being a 16-year-old high school student, I had never traveled outside of the country without my family and had certainly never been a part of something so much bigger than myself. I was nervous at first. However, once I arrived, I was immediately welcomed by Margaret Blood and her staff members, as well as the locals. From that point on, I knew that I had nothing to fear and that this trip was going to be one that I would never forget. My group traveled to many schools throughout different parts of the country where we helped the kids read, practice their math skills, and paint! In addition, I was able to observe the miraculous doings of Mil Milagros in their efforts to help eliminate malnutrition in the youth, and teach the students about the importance of health and hygiene. With the help of Colgate, we distributed kits of toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children at these schools, which they all greatly appreciated. The work of Mil Milagros does not just benefit the children; it benefits their mothers, the teachers, and the schools as a whole. The children of Guatemala are some of the smallest in the world and usually do not graduate past the 6th grade. Introducing healthy lunches and vitamin supplements to these schools and young kids has immensely helped change that circumstance and provided hope for students and their families. Being able to be a part of all this in addition to learning about the beautiful culture and inspiring stories of the Guatemalan people has changed me as a person, made me view the world differently, and inspired me to continue to want to help others. This experience was truly amazing! Mil Milagros has definitely lived up to its name!
The project team at Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UIUC chapter had the pleasure of working with Mil Milagros this past month! Mil Milagros worked alongside our group of university students as well as professional engineers in the Chichimuch, Guatemala region. We assessed the feasibility of a new water supply project in Chichimuch. They ensured our week in the country ran smoothly as our chapter worked closely with the town council members. Two years ago Mil Milagros brought to our attention the water shortage problem in Chichimuch. They invited us to work together with them to solve the challenge. They helped organize the logistics before our arrival and welcomed us for a second time in Chichimuch this March. Mil Milagros has guaranteed the Guatemala Water Project at our university continues to move forward. We look forward to continue working with them in the future! Carolyn and Megan served as the main communicators between EWB and Chichimuch making sure information was clearly communicated among both sides. We have developed a strong relationship with Mil Milagros and they go out of their way to facilitate the EWB project. They also help perform year round checks in terms of water data collection for our project. That has helped enormously in keeping the project up to date. We are glad to be able to count on them as a partner!
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.
I've routinely given to different causes throughout my young adult and adult life and Mil Milagros stands apart as an organization, such that I felt compelled to give them more of my own time and energy. The negative things that can come up with non-profits, not playing well with each other, swooping in and then departing before the persistent problems are addressed, and short-circuiting local development and motivation through hand outs- none of that is in play here. Their work is in respectful, strategic collaboration with other non-profits and with the communities they serve. Their work is about fundamentally changing lives and that is what they are accomplishing. I feel fortunate to be able to support the important work they do, building community capacity and the capacity of women and children to alter the course of their lives for the better.
As the adoptive parents of a child born in Guatemala, my husband and I had been looking for a meaningful way to "give back" and improve life for all children in that country. When we became involved in Mil Milagros, we had no idea we would find an organization that would also change our lives. From the start, we were impressed with founder Margaret Blood's vision, commitment and passion for improving health, hygiene and educational outcomes for the children of Guatemala. While I have served as a volunteer, my husband serves on the Board, and we have devoted a significant share of our charitable giving to Mil Milagros. We have just returned from our first trip with our daughter to Guatemala and could not be more impressed or inspired by the work that Margaret and her staff are doing in the beautiful but achingly poor Mayan Highlands. We visited all of the schools, met with mother leaders, observed classes, meal preparation and cultural presentations. Best of all were the warm welcomes, smiles and expressions of deep gratitude and appreciation from the children, parents and teachers. Outcomes have improved dramatically in the communities served by Mil Milagros, but there are so many more in dire need of our program and support (as I write, there is a waiting list of some 14 other schools). I cannot recommend this organization highly enough. Please consider lending your support to Mil Milagros!
I am continually inspired by the work of Mil Milagros. Over 5 years ago, I attended a house party that was selling beautiful jewelry and bags made by artisians in Guatemala. I was hooked, once I saw the smiling faces of the children who were benefitting from the money raised at this event. I couldn't beleive how this non-profit, Mil Milagros, was able to do so much with so little. The fact that they were a group who listened to how the local people viewed their needs and built programs to help meet those needs, was refreshing. This group didn't just go in to a village and tell the people who were living there, what they would do to "fix" their challenges. They listended and engaged the local people so that the programs developed will be able to be sustained for years to come. To now see the pictures of the children with their mothers and grandmothers standing side by side as they eat a healthy lunch and learn is wonderful. I consider it an honor to be even a little part of the wonderful work that Mil Milagros does on a daily basis. I hope some day to be able to travel to this beautiful country and see first hand the results of the hard work that goes in to making Mil Milagros a wonderful non-profit.
I visited Mil Milagros this summer and was awed by the work they are doing to give hope to the families there. I have been working with Artesenia sales for five years, raising money and telling the story, and am re-committed to helping in any way I can to support the work that is being done. To see the smiles on the faces of the children and their mothers as they welcomed us was humbling. The staff works tirelessly to find the nutritious food and transport it to the schools where the mothers prepare and serve their children. We helped to deliver and facilitate water filters to a homeless community and to weigh and measure preschoolers and distribute nutrition supplements to aid in battling malnutrition. To realize that you can feed and educate a child for a $1 a day is inspiring. The success in graduating children from 6th grade, offering the hope for a better life shows how meaningful the work of Mil Milagros is in helping to change the world.