The GFA is a charity for families living in Britain, who have adopted or are in the process of adopting children from Guatemala. Our primary goal is to support internationally adopted Guatemalan children, now living in Britain, actively to keep a connection with and understand their roots and Guatemalan culture. We are also happy to help, with our own experiences, those in the process of Guatemalan adoption.
Improving Maternal-Infant Health for Mayan Women
In rural areas of Guatemala, 80% of women lack access to qualified medical attention. Poverty, illness, and malnutrition threaten the lives of expectant mothers in the rural Mayan communities of Guatemala and can rob their newborns of a healthy future. Pueblo a Pueblo helps children before they are born- by offering access to vital prenatal and postnatal care for indigenous women in this region, as well as medical care to their babies during their most vulnerable period from birth to age 5.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Mothers in indigenous communities in Guatemala are often malnourished, have virtuallly no access to healthcare and pre- or post-natal care, and have little or no education. Their babies are often underweight and sickly, suffer from stunted growth, and are more likely to die in childhood. Mothers give birth to an average of 8 children, often less than a year apart, and they are more likely to die in childbirth. The result is an endless cycle of poverty and illness for families in this region.
How will this project solve this problem?
Through our local healthcare partner, the Maternal/Child Health Program will improve mother and child survival and provide access to reproductive health services and education for the most vulnerable and poor women in Santiago Atitlan. Mothers will receive pre- and post-natal checkups, well baby check-ups for their child through age 5, education in parenting, family planning information to help make decisions about the number and spacing of their children, and essential vitamins and nourishment.
Potential Long Term Impact
The program will support healthy mothers and healthy babies by providing preventative health care, family planning education, well-baby care, vitamins, and vaccinations. Mortality and illness rates will decrease for mothers and infants. Babies will have the good start in life that only a healthy mother can provide before birth, and will receive the care they need to remain healthy. Their mothers will also receive the tools they need to make informed choices about their family and their health.
When her daughter got sick, one of our mothers told us that this time she didn't hesitate to come in for treatment because now she no longer has to worry about "going into debt to see the doctor."
- Candelaria Pablo, Maternal-Child Program participant
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,120
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,880
Total Funding Goal: $10,000