This project is implemented together with the Asociacion Maya-Mam de Investigacion y Desarrollo (AMMID) in the Municipality of Comitancillo, Department of San Marcos, Guatemala. AMMID is a local community development organization established over 20 years ago, that implements in agriculture, health, education, and human rights programs with an emphasis on cultural and ecological sustainability. The Health and Nutrition Project has been implemented since 2013. Each year 5-6 new communities are selected for participation, and approximately 100 families. The program includes the facilitation of family vegetable gardens, improved small animal husbandry and health, nutrition and cooking, as well as maternal health monitoring, and follow-up with malnourished infants in the communities. The work with malnourished children is coordinated with the local Health Center.
Each year, the project works with 100 families in 5-6 different communities. Outcomes include installation of family gardens, improved animal husbandry, increased nutrition and food security strategies, and support to 50-60 malnourished infants identified in coordination with the local community health center. All of the infants have restored health, except for one death. Thus far the project has improved the health of more that 600 families (about 3600 individuals) in 30 communities.