On Thursday, we gathered 53 mother leaders from five partner communities to thank them for their commitment to their children and communities, to meet other mothers and learn new skills, and to create excitement for 2014. Mothers came to Panajachel from Santa Lucía Utatlan and San Andrés Semetabaj, some traveling over an hour and all with smiles on their faces. We registered the mothers, set up our child leaders with games and activities for the young children and jumped right in with an activity to get to know each other better. Mothers quickly shook hands and tried to memorize each other’s names. By the end of the activity, mothers from each of the communities were laughing and talking with each other and sharing experiences. After an activity to show how messages can change from person to person, we talked about conflict resolution and did skits to show how to resolve issues that can arise in the schools. After snack, Margaret introduced Maria Can, her good friend and our guest chef for the day, who introduced the mothers to new recipes and put them to work helping her make the lunch. Mothers from different communities were working together to chop vegetables, grill chicken and make salad. When lunch was ready, Mil Milagros staff served the mothers a delicious spread of salad, chicken, spinach torts, rice and tortillas. After lunch, Wuqu’ Kawoq’s health promoter, Yoli, talked about the expansion of the women’s health program into other partner communities. Mothers from Chichimuch and Chutinamit shared their experiences in the program and thanked Yoli and Mil Milagros for offering the services to their communities. We ended the day giving each community an award with their group photo and sharing one wish for 2014. Thank you, mother leaders, for a wonderful year and for your continued commitment to your children and your communities. You truly are the stars of Mil Milagros!
Gathering Mother Leaders - Mil Milagros Encuentro 2013
Child leaders from our partner communities lead the young children in games and activities while their mothers participate in the Encuentro