Mil Milagros, Inc.
Mil Milagros is a registered 501c3 in the United States and a subsidiary in Guatemala, focusing our work in Santa Lucia Utatlan, Solola, Guatemala. We train mother, teacher, and child leaders to implement four high-impact programs (early childhood development, school nutrition, health/hygiene, education in their communities.
Mil Milagros equips mothers and teachers with skills and resources to improve the health and education of children and families in rural Guatemala.
To discover leaders and develop their potential so they can deliver tangible results in themselves, their families, and their communities.
- Early Childhood Development - This program is for pregnant and parenting women with children from birth to age 3. We provide training, food staples, hygiene supplies, and vitamin supplements
- School Nutrition - We have provided school breakfast/lunch/snack and are currently supporting schools to make healthy decisions with the Q6/child per school day provided by the government by providing training, kitchen supplies, and a cookbook with healthy recipes.
- Health/Hygiene - We provide training and hygiene supplies to schools to implement healthy behaviors at school, such as brushing teeth, washing hands, and using toilet paper. We train community leaders to lead lice shampoo clinics and provide the necessary supplies. We also train student council members to lead community-wide health campaigns.
- Education - This is a literacy-based program. We train teachers to implement a dynamic early literacy program, create and broadcast videos on local cable stations, and provide storybooks and school supplies to teachers and students in our partner schools.
We focus on training leaders to improve health and education in our partner communities.
Mil Milagros has impacted more than 40,000 people to date and has served 20 communities in three municipalities in Sololá. We have a 97% graduation rate from primary school, a 75% first grade literacy rate, and an average yearly 8% reduction of chronic malnutrition in partner communities.
We weigh/measure children, install databases in schools for promotion rates/graduation rates, measure incidences of head lice over the course of the year, conduct literacy evaluations, conduct pre-/post-tests, as well as focus groups and quarterly evaluations in each community.
Size and/or structure
We have grown since 2007 and have employed former program participants to implement the programs.
Our programs have become refined since 2007 and grown to include the four main programs listed above.
Way in which you collaborate or work with others
We have learned the importance of shared values and open communication when collaborating with other organizations to achieve goals.
In the next 12 months, we plan to assess the impact of the pandemic on our partner communities before committing to growth.
Quality / Impact
We are always evaluating the quality and impact of our programs and hope to evaluate the impact of the activities we began during the pandemic, such as creation and distribution educational videos.
We plan to expand our leadership academy to employ more mother leaders (former program participants), and expand our programs to reach more communities in Santa Lucia and beyond.