The last six months: The first half of 2014 came to a close with the completion of the first year of intervention in four communities in Patzún and Santa Apolonia. We implemented our entire integrated approach in Saquiyá and Chuachun, and our results are fantastic! We are proud to share with you that after only one year, the rate of chronic childhood malnutrition has been reduced by 20 percent in Saquiyá and 13 percent in Chuachun. Communities are organized and on the road to better health, and sustainable development! We have also achieved a stunning decline in Chuacacay and Xepatán, whose water projects will be implemented in the coming year.
Chronic malnutrition rates are decreasing because our approach is guided by our understanding that empowered communities best lead their own development processes; when people become their own agents of change, healthier, stronger communities emerge.
Today: Our partnership with Mayan communities has demonstrated that the rate of childhood malnutrition can be decreased via our integrated approach that includes: empowering women and youth; the practice of exclusive breastfeeding for children younger than six months of age; access to a diversified diet; water in the home; adequate conditions of sanitation infrastructure; and the spacing and number of children in families.
The future: Young leaders are coming forward and have developed their own environmental programs, understanding that their generation will lead the charge for ecological sustainability and change. We are proud of the youth that participate in our programs, and move forward of their own initiative!
We are making a difference with our Mayan partners, and we have more communities that ready to go. With your support, we can do this!