Today we’d like to introduce you to Margaret Blood.
Margaret, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Mil Milagros partners with communities to prevent child malnutrition and hunger to improve health and education in rural Guatemala. I founded the organization in 2007, after spending several vacations volunteering at a school for child workers in the Guatemalan Highlands. Guatemala has the highest rate of child malnutrition and the second lowest literacy rate in the western Hemisphere. With offices based in Boston and Guatemala, Mil Milagros partners resources and training with indigenous Maya women to implement life-changing programs in their children’s schools and communities. To date Mil Milagros has trained more than 850 mothers and grandmothers to serve more than 3,650 children in communities where 94% of the families live on less than $3.00 per day. Rates of child malnutrition are down 50% and an average of 97% of sixth graders graduate, compared to the regional rate of just 40%. Mil Milagros partners with numerous Boston area institutions including the Harvard School of Public Health, the Pulpdent Corporation, the Parenting Journey, and local churches to bring its life-changing programs to some of the poorest communities in the world.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It is a challenge to convey the urgency of Mil Milagros mission and work; to grow the organizational infrastructure fast enough to respond to the need and growing waiting list for support; and to work between two places that while separated by just a two-hour plane ride, are separated in every other possible way imaginable.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Mil Milagros (A Thousand Miracles) – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
What sets Mil Milagros apart from many other non-profit organizations working in developing countries is our commitment to developing the capacities of local indigenous women – mothers and grandmothers in particular – to be leaders and change agents. We do not foster dependency or promote “poorism” – trips to see how the very poor live.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are excited about working with committed local elected leaders to expand our programs’ reach and impact in rural Guatemala; and to exploring opportunities to test our model in our other developing countries.
- For less than $1.00 per child per day, Mil Milagros is changing the outcomes for some of the world’s poorest children
- Website: www.milmilagros.org
- Phone: 617-330-7382
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milmilagrosinc/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MilMilagrosInc/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilMilagrosInc
Photo by Margaret Blood