Through in-person field visits to Primeros Pasos, we saw the impact of their nutrition program firsthand. We traveled out to a little village right outside of town, where we were able to observe a class for moms, with babes in tow, focused on the many benefits as well as myths of breastfeeding. During the interactive session, all the women were totally engaged, laughing, and chatting, and we could see what a difference this type of “hands-on” education can make. Despite many obstacles, Primeros Pasos provides critical information and support to Guatemalan mothers striving to overcome severe malnutrition and to improve their children’s health.
Although our formal partnership with Primeros Pasos came to a close after this pilot grant, we continued to support them through a local grantmaking partner, EntreMundos. During the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, we indirectly funded Primeros Pasos emergency healthcare services via a larger grant to EntreMundos.