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University of Pittsburgh

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THE STORY:

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Chapter: University of Pittsburgh

Partner Organization: Maya Traditions Foundation

Project Description:

The University of Pittsburgh chapter is returning to Guatemala for a second year of partnership with Maya Traditions to build medicinal herbal gardens in three new communities in the Lake Atitlán region to promote a sustainable way of preserving Mayan medicine.

Project Details:

We believe that affordable health care is every person’s right. The herb garden and the Mayan healers that work with Maya Traditions help to bring greater access to traditional health services to the Lake Atitlán region while supporting economic growth and empowering women artisans.    

We will be continuing our two-year partnership with the non-profit organization Maya Traditions, which is dedicated to improving the lives of Mayan communities through educational, health, and entrepreneurial initiatives. This year’s project will focus on expanding the main Mayan medicinal herb garden in Panajachel into other communities in the Lake Atitlán region. Student interns will work directly with the members of the non-profit and their association of traditional Mayan healers to expand access to healthcare among impoverished communities in Guatemala.

Our interns will also work with a women's cooperative in the community, which uses traditional weaving techniques to make handicrafts and accessories.  Last year, the student intern team developed small satchels and headbands with the women, which sold very well at our university. All the profits that were generated from the sale of these items will be re-invested in the projects for this summer, when the team will work to scale their initiative, create more products, and set up an online marketplace. 

Other projects the team will be working on include developing a better recycling system for the garden, assisting with grant research, working on the organization’s social media and communication, and other administrative work in the Maya Traditions office.

Maya Traditions’ Community Health Program works with fourteen healers of various specialties and five young adults in ten communities in the region to promote medicinal knowledge. They have implemented several workshops teaching local students and other healers about plants and their role in medicine.  Our project aims to provide the resources to allow Maya Traditions to educate a wider population and have an even greater impact in the Lake Atitlán region.

Link to blog: http://nourish.org/blog/chapter/chapter/pitt/

Partner Background:

75% of Guatemalan indigenous families live below the poverty line, so when illness strikes, paying for medicine can be a burden. Maya Traditions’ Medicinal Herb Garden in Panajachel, Guatemala provides low-cost salves and syrups derived from ecologically friendly, traditional Maya methods.

$480

MONEY RAISED
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  • Mansoo Park

    $40

  • Pitt Rugby

    $300

  • James Lavella

    $75

  • Rayray

    $15

  • Yvette Ju

     

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The Team: $2,245 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Mansoo Park

Amount Raised

$480

Donor Comments

Yvette Ju

Yvette Ju

2 years ago

Rayray

Rayray

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

James Lavella

James Lavella

DONATION: $75

In honor of Maggie Lucas. 3 years ago

Pitt Rugby

Pitt Rugby

DONATION: $300

In honor of our favorite senior, Remy, and the hard work she has put into Nourish over the past 3 years -- you go, girl! 3 years ago

Mansoo Park

Mansoo Park

DONATION: $40

3 years ago