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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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.

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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.