By World Vision Guatemala; Edited by Katie Hackett
“We must be alert to signs of malnutrition among our children, because if we neglect them we can seriously limit their development,” says Maria, addressing a group of 12 attentive mothers in her back yard.
At 41, Maria has a Grade 4 education. She was forced to drop out of school when she was still young because her family didn’t have enough money. But today, she’s a teacher in her own right.
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As a “Guide Mother” Maria helps prevent and treat malnutrition by teaching parents in San Pedro to prepare healthy, balanced meals.
Before she got involved with World Vision, Maria spent her days at home.
"I had only one child and [that was] my purpose in life,” she says.
She’s passionate about children, and when she realized how much fellow parents in the community needed to learn about children’s nutrition, she decided to become a Guide Mother.
“I like to support others because at some point, we all need advice or at least someone to listen to us,” she says.
Maria dreams of seeing children in San Pedro develop intellectually, physically and emotionally and become all that they can be. She sees kids as the hope of the community, and is thankful that malnutrition is on the decrease thanks, in part, to her efforts