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.
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'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.
Ever since I was a teenager (50 years ago) and first visited Guatemala in a family exchange program, I've love Guatemala and Guatemalans. 20 years ago, I adopted my son who was born in Guatemala. For all these years, I've been aware of the dire circumstances of Mayan people. I am inspired by the change in these good peoples' lives which Mil Malagros makes: for example, teaching mothers to make more nutritional meals at the schools develops the strength of all members of these wonderful famillies. The mission of Mil Milagros is to give the children the best nutrition, health&dental care, and education. The actual impact of Mli Milagros is much greater: the children thrive, the mothers gain self-esteem, their families thrive and the community gets empowered engaged citizens. WIN WIN WIN! This model of empowerment takes skill and engagement from the Mil Milagros staff and again all thrive from it. The future of these children, these families, these communities is made stronger for it! This is a model of transformational engagement that makes Futures Brighter. THANK YOU all who help this program continue to grow. Its a great investment!
I am honored to be associated with this wonderful non-profit that is truly making a significant, positive difference in the lives of the children and communities it touches in Guatemala. As the father of a daughter born in Guatemala, I am particularly sensitive to seemingly insurmountable challenges facing children in that that country. While I am always willing to listen to organizations trying to make a difference in that country, I decided to give significant support to Mil Milagros because: 1) it has a clear and compelling mission, 2) has developed a unique model that has allowed it to succeed where other well-intentioned organizations have not, and 3) it measures results vs. goals as rigorously as it lives its mission.
As the parents of a daughter born in Guatemala City our work with Mil Milagros means a great deal to us. We recently returned from a week in Guatemala that provided (besides the trip of a lifetime for our daughters) a chance to work in MM's six schools, meet the children we are helping and see up close and personal the difference MM makes in the lives of so many students, teachers and families. We were particularly moved by the daily effort that the parents put in to make MM a success at each school. The parents know how fortunate they are to have MM working with them to improve the lives of their children every day and they take their responsibilities very seriously. The experience solidified for us our commitment to continue our support and do our small part to maintain the success, and grow, this wonderful organization. We feel very lucky to be part of Mil Milagros.
Best regards, Charley & Nan Murphy
Mil Milagros works in partnership with schools, communities and families to teach nutrition, health and educational best practices that are sustainable in those communities. In Guatemala, malnutrition rates are the 4th highest in the world, and elementary school drop out rate of 60%. Mil Milagros looks to the causes of these problems and works with Mayan communities to have a better future for their children.