On Tuesday, we headed up to our partner community in Chichimuch, about an hour up the mountain from our office in Panajachel. This morning, 10 women from one of the small communities in Chichimuch, finished their 6-class course on Women’s and Reproductive Health and received their diplomas. When we first arrived, the women were busily finishing the preparations for lunch, a beef stew with vegetables, rice, greens, and tamalitos (a side sometimes eaten instead of tortillas, also made of corn dough). We pitched in and laughed as the women talked about how nervous they were for their presentations and evaluation. Then, we headed outside where groups of two presented on topics such as: The body and reproductive organs, puberty, menopause, sexually transmitted infections, family planning, and how to deal with sexual and psychological abuse. The women said they had learned so much over the last few months, and were grateful for their new knowledge. Yoli, Wuqu’ Kawoq’s health promotor, promised that she would visit the women to ask for feedback from them. Then, the women participated in a few games, including drawing the female reproductive organs from memory and properly placing a condom on a carrot. Finally, the women received their diplomas and served a delicious lunch to thank us for the class. We are constantly impressed with the dedication of the mothers in our partner communities to continue to learn and be leaders in their communities.
Women’s Health Graduation in Chichimuch