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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Commemorate International Women's Day With Us!
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"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." - Gloria Steinem

On March 8th, Mayan Families is proud to be one of the many organizations participating in an International Women’s Day event here in Panajachel, organized by Colectiva Xocomilas

As an organization, we are dedicated to facilitating sustainable development projects in the Mayan communities surrounding Lake Atitlán. Development cannot happen if women in the communities where we work do not have access to education, health and economic resources, and if their voices are not heard or valued in their families or communities. To this end, while we offer programs that support both men and women of all ages, we have specific programs dedicated to supporting women, including: 

NUTRITION AND HEALTH

Women’s Health Initiative - This program focuses on promoting sex education and health in the communities where we work, where these topics are very much taboo. The curriculum places a particular focus on the early detection of cervical cancer, which is the number one cause of death amongst women of a reproductive age in Guatemala.

Creciendo Sano - Launching this year, our flagship nutrition program is focused on providing the right education and nutritional support to expecting mothers and children in their first 1000 days of life, in order to prevent the irreversible damages of chronic malnutrition that can begin during this critical time frame.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Artisan Program - Through this program, we employ over 190 artisan women in 8 different communities surrounding Lake Atitlán to create their beautiful handmade crafts. The sales of our products allow us to support our artisan partners to reach financial stability and economic independence, by providing them with consistent and reliable work. To support them directly, check out our Etsy shop!

Sewing Course - As part of our Trade Schools program, we offer intensive sewing courses to women, many of whom have not had access to formal education. This year, we’re offering three basic level courses and one advanced level course to over 40 women! The best part, at the end of the course, the participants have the option to purchase a highly subsidized sewing machine, so they have the tools they need to begin earning income with their new skillset.

If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved with these programs and the many others we run, please contact outreach@mayanfamilies.org. We also encourage you to donate to Mayan Families today!

 



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