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
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!