In February 2020, ten Dirty Girls traveled to Guatemala for a life-changing adventure challenge to raise funds for the Healthy Mommy & Me initiative of the Organization for the Development of Indigenous Maya (ODIM). With the support of many of our friends and family, we raised over $18,000 to support mothers and their babies in the rural communities of San Pablo and San Juan la Laguna.
Guatemala faces serious challenges when it comes to malnutrition. Two thirds of the overall population live on less than $2 per day. As a result, the prevalence of stunting in children under 5 years is one of the highest in the world – and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. In fact, in the rural communities where ODIM works, 8 out of 10 children are malnourished. The current Covid-19 crisis has made conditions even worse, with many families losing jobs and unable to support their families.
Through the Healthy Mommy & Me initiative, ODIM provides mothers and babies from rural communities with prenatal and postnatal health care, health education, family planning, vitamins, supplements and food vouchers, to give the children a healthy start in life for the first 1000 days from conception to their second birthday – and you can be a part of this great effort!
Dirty Girl Adventures is planning more adventure challenges & service-learning trips to Guatemala in the future. Will you join us in giving Guatemalan children a healthy start in life?
This fundraiser is an ongoing effort sponsored by Dirty Girl Adventures on behalf of all the Dirty Girls