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Building a Healthier Future in Xepanil

Life has changed for the 125 Maya Kaqchikel families who live in the rural Guatemalan community of Xepanil since we began working together in February 2015.What do these changes look like in practice, and what do they mean to families in Xepanil? Read our Spring Newsletter to find out!

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We organize our work around one overarching objective: to reduce chronic childhood malnutrition in Mayan communities.

The cornerstone of our programs is empowerment. We develop the leadership and problem-solving skills of women, men, and youth to address both the dietary and environmental root causes of childhood malnutrition. We focus on preventing malnutrition from occurring in the first place by emphasizing good nutrition during the first 1000 days – the short window of opportunity that includes pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life. Helping communities provide good nutrition and a healthy environment during this critical window of opportunity provides a lifetime of lasting benefits to children.

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