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.
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.