"Mil Milagros is a gift that has provided new life to our children."
~Mil Milagros teacher
Mil Milagros, Inc. relies on a network of invaluable partners to ensure that the children and families we serve have the nutrition and health services they need to thrive.
In 2011, Mil Milagros formed an exciting partnership with Wuqu’Kawoq, an NGO with expertise in the prevention of chronic malnutrition in Guatemala. While Mil Milagros’s strategies have succeeded in alleviating hunger, and improving the children’s health, school attendance and graduation rates, they do not prevent chronic malnutrition or its consequences. Chronic malnutrition leads to stunting (under height for age) and Guatemala has the third highest rate of moderate to severe stunting in the world. Severe stunting puts the children at higher risk of disease and infection, impaired cognitive functioning and lower IQ scores. Subsequently, these children are much more likely to drop out of school and grow up to be unskilled workers. As adults, they are at a higher risk for diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
To address this urgent crisis, Mil Milagros joined forces with Wuqu’ Kawoq to implement a pilot supplemental infant and toddler feeding program to prevent the onset of chronic malnutrition in 121 young children in two of our partner schools/communities (Chutinamit and Chichimuch).
Additional US partners essential to our work include:
Cafecito Milagro founders Maura King Scully, Julie Bushway and Jill Takacs
The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University
The goal of Mil Milagros, Inc.™ is to ensure that all children in Guatemala graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education. USAID reports that only 30% of children complete sixth grade. Guatemala has the sixth highest rate of child malnutrition in the world; fifty percent of the children are malnourished. In some Mayan communities, the rate of malnutrition exceeds 90%.