Our Partners in Sustainable Education and Health Projects in Guatemala
Miracles In Action is fortunate to work with several fine NGO (non-governmental organization) charities who share our commitment to making a lasting difference in the lives of those we serve. These established charities and other grassroots partners have excellent reputations and help us help others.
Aldea is our construction partner for 20 of our schools, including School of Miracles #1 and most of our water systems projects. They work in partnership with the rural Mayans of Patzun and Santa Apolonia in nutrition, water, stoves, animals, and agriculture projects using participatory community development.
Alma de Colores (Soul of Colors) is an inclusion project working to benefit young people and adults with disabilities attending Centro Maya Servicio Integral, located in San Juan La Laguna, Solola, Guatemala. They create handmade products using recycled and natural materials and Miracles in Action supports their vocational training as well as purchases items for resale in the U.S. to support their work.
Amigos de Santa Cruz has coordinated Miracles in Actions’s largest project, a 3-story vocational center serving 6000 villagers around Lake Atitlan, in addition to helping coordinate our safe stove project in Santa Cruz. Their mission is to help support education, better health care, a cleaner environment and sustainable economic development for the remote village of Santa Cruz and surrounding areas.
Constru Casa builds schools in all parts of Guatemala, along with over 700 houses. This charity partners with villagers and volunteers who work together to build from traditional construction of block, to Eco-bricks made from bottles filled with plastic trash. Construcasa provides follow up visits for 4 years after school construction, and they implement additional projects such as water filters, stoves, roof repairs, and retaining walls.
IMAP works to develop self-sustaining communities through permaculture knowledge and Maya ancestral knowledge. Miracles in Action supports agricultural education through IMAP.
Let’s Be Ready supports the academic success of at-risk Guatemalan children through establishing preschools that focus on preparing students for their entry into elementary school. Miracles in Action has worked with this NGO to provide preschool opportunities in rural areas of deep poverty. For more information, visit Miracles in Action’s 1st preschool project.
Limitless Horizons Ixil creates opportunities for the indigenous youth, women, and families of Chajul, Guatemala to develop the academic and professional skills needed to effect change in their lives and community. We provide support for the community library, computer lab and leadership training.
PEILE (Proyecto Educativo Integral Libertad y Enseñanza) works to improve the living conditions of children and young people in extreme poverty in the Huehuetenango, our most impoverished area of work. We have partnered on projects including scholarships and the building of schools and water systems and safe stoves.
The Ripple Effect works in the Chajul area, a remote, cold, and extremely poor area of Guatemala, teaching about gardening for food and income, raising livestock and other sustainable projects. We support them through our pigs and chickens distribution program plus agriculture and water projects. Founder Michael Ewens’ blog is a fascinating, adventure story with photos from remote villages where he is the first white man these people have met. A must read – The Ripple Efftect Blog
SaludosNiños! provides early learning education, health and nutrition services to needy children and their families in the rural mountain village of Panyebar near Lake Atitlan. Miracles in Action provides nutrition and operational support for this center.
Semilla Nueva (New Seed) helps rural Guatemalan farmers find a path to prosperity, health, and sustainability through sustainable agriculture technologies and farmer to farmer education. They work in 10 villages in the departments of Retalhuleu and Suchitepequez and collaborate with the Guatemalan government to bring these programs to more farmers.
Starfish empowers young women around Lake Atitlan to become leaders in their communities. Miracles in Action supports the Bridge Program, providing education and mentorship for high school girls.
Vamos Adelante provides education, health and nutrition services to the poor in more than rural 24 villages in southern Guatemala. Miracles in Action has funded pigs and chickens and sponsored scholarships, stoves and water filters and built two schools/libraries through this long-term partner.
Village of Satakna is unique in that we work directly with community leaders to provide scholarships and safe stoves. Working through partners at PEILE, we also funded school #30 in Satakna.