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We improve young lives by empowering women through education, community outreach and opportunity, enabling families and communities to reach their full potential.  

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Our Mission

Our mission is to create self-sustainable programs that empower women and their families. We strive to improve their health, education, and economic status in the communities where they live. These sustainable strategies are culturally, environmentally and practically sound. While we aim to be pragmatic, results-oriented organization that partners with other likeminded organizations, we monitor outcomes. Our goal is to be scientifically sound and operationally transparent


Our Programs



Phalarope aims to use cost-effective solutions to improve health in adults and children in the USA and Guatemala through health education and improved care of pregnant women. We are pioneering the integration of traditional midwives into the health system and creating systems to identify and follow-up high risk patients. Midwives are provided with basic medical equipment and taught how to use it. Video Ixchel Program (english) Program Ixchel Español

Women’s economic Empowerment

The program aims to help women have meaningful participation in economic decision-making. The goal is to allow women to participate equally in existing markets, have access to decent work, and control over their own lives. This program will help women in rural Guatemala create their own product lines and sell the products locally, online, and overseas. The program has 2 phases :

Phase 1 - Tejiendo Sueños - developed by Isabel Girón and Gladyz Cutzal; women learn specific skills such as weaving, sewing, basket making, and embroidery.

Phase 2: Development of Community Enterprises women who participated in phase 1 , learn business development, finance, marketing, and product design and development. Workshops are taught by experts in these areas with more than 20 years of experience. At the end we aim to improve product sales and shift profits to the artisans. 


Phalarope’s “Learn to Action STEM program” promotes math and science education among elementary school children in Antigua, Guatemala.  Phalarope helps develop lesson plans, games, and problem-solving activities to teach STEM concepts. We founded an aquaponics ecosystem as a teaching tool at the CANI school. Ultimately, we hope to expand our programs to other ages and other regions.

Agricultural Development

Phalarope is working in communities that are located in the Dry Corridor of Guatemala. This is a strip, which stretches from Southern Mexico down to Panama. These areas suffer from severe inclement weather due to El Niño and are the most prone to drought or extreme precipitation. Therefore alternative agricultural practices are needed. Phalarope will build the first school of alternative farming in Guatemala. The school will be built during the first quarter of 2020 in Cacerio Centro, San Jose Poaquil located in the Dry Corridor. Farmers will learn new techniques and Phalarope will help them build their own hydroponic systems in partnership with the local authorities. This project will be expanded to the adjacent communities in the Dry Corridor.  

Technical Support to non-profit organizations

Phalarope helps other non-profit organizations to design and implement evaluation processes to determine the social impact of their programs. Evaluations are conducted to determine the impact of specific programs

Internships and Fellowship Programs

Phalarope supports fellowship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students and to professionals who want to gain meaningful experiences in a public health setting. These opportunities can be done as a summer internship or a year-long fellowship. 


Our Impact



lower school children

Phalarope with Asociacion Casa del Nino in Jocotenango are participating on an STEM program with an aquaponic system to serve as a hands-on lab to teach Math and Science



Volunteer/charitable clinics enrolled in a state wide program to receive free medications

Phalarope is currently serving in the Task force as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Rotary International, District 6920, and MAP international.  on the The Saving Lives with Medicines in Georgia program. aims to create a state-wide distribution system program of pharmaceuticals to volunteer clinics who serve on average 2,000 underserved, uninsured populations in Georgia, USA



Mayan women (guatemala) participating in the women’s Economic empowerment program

Phalarope is working currently with 50 of the 100 women living in Santa Apolonia, Chimaltenango to develop a sustainable source of income for them.



Three masters students in public health has completed an internship on nutrition and maternal and child health epidemiology. One pre-med student is currently enroll and schedule to visit the program sites.



Traditional midwives in 8 Rural Guatemalan Communities with 7,339 HABITATS participating in the Maternal and Child Health Program to reduce maternal mortality

Guatemala has the highest maternal mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean region. The program aims to improve management of prenatal, labor and post-partum care by training traditional midwives and bring them as part of the medical team. Twenty eight traditional midwives have been trained and enrolled into a medical team to identify women at high risk (high blood pressure, diabetes, fetal distress) and refer them to the nearest health center. In addition 367 members from these communities participate in an eight weeks health education program


Get Involved


Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are essential for the success of any non-profit organization.  A diverse group of volunteers can help access under-served populations.  Volunteers can share their knowledge, provide technical support or link Phalarope to potential partners.
There are many ways you can get involved with us.  If you would like to volunteer on-site or at home from your own country we would love to hear from you.

Make a Donation

Help provide a lifeline of hope for women and their children. As a small streamlined organization you can be assured that your contributions will support our programs and not be spent on administrative costs. 

For example:

$50     a month of a child’s STEM education

$100   medications, antibiotics, and vitamins for one pregnant woman and her infant

$250   traditional midwife’s medical equipment

$500a year of a child’s STEM education.