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Community Health Program Update: Quiejel Clinic

Posted by on August 17, 2015

Our Community Health Program, first launched in 1997, works to preserve and promote traditional Maya medicine and knowledge and the use of medicinal plants to treat common illnesses in rural communities in Guatemala. This June, we were able to hold our second annual clinic in our artisan partner community of Quiejel, Chichicastenago, Quiché. A total of 73 patients attended the clinic, most of whom were women and children. Marisol Morales Calel, responsible for the Youth Education and the Community Health Programs with Maya Traditions Foundation, shares her experiences here: What is the goal of the day clinic? “We are working

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Local Intern Ana Supports Our Community Health Program

Posted by on June 26, 2015

Maya Traditions partners with local university student to realize  professional internships in their area of study. Here, one of our recent interns, Ana Buch Chavez, shares her experience woking with Maya Traditions, in the area of Community Health:     Programs Coordinator Marisol with artisan Vicenta and her grandfather, and local intern Ana on the right My name is Ana Buch Chavez, and I am a student of Social Work. I thank Maya Traditions Foundation for giving me the space to realize my professional internship. As a student of Social Work, one of my responsibilities was the preparation of community

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Meet Laura, Our New Community Tourism Coordinator!

Posted by on April 21, 2015

Hello!  My name is Laura Gehring, and I am proud to be the newest addition to the Maya Traditions’ team.  I will be working as the Coordinator of Community Tourism, which means I will have the huge honor of bringing visitors out into the field to see our programs and artisans in action.  Visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of the region through visiting Maya Traditions’ Organic Medicinal Herb Garden in Panajachel and the surrounding communities where our collaborating cooperatives are located. At the Garden, visitors are free to look, touch, and taste the plants as

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Empowering Artisans & Healers Through Tourism

Posted by on February 09, 2015

Maya Traditions Foundation has been partnering with local NGO Entremundos to further develop and strengthen our Community Tourism Program. According to the First Principle of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), a Fair Trade Organization must focus on creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers. Our workshop series with Entremundos does just that, further providing economic generating activities for our artisans and healers. Through our connection with Entremundos, our artisans and healers learned how to create a business plan, administer a basic community tourism plan, and how to treat visitors, whatever the cultural differences may be. The ultimate objective of this

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Maya Traditions Staff Member Oseas Shares His Experience with Maya Traditions

Posted by on September 26, 2014

My name is Osea Chiriquin Aju and I have been working with Maya Traditions since 2001. During Oseas making shampoo this time, I have had the opportunity to work in various areas with the Foundation. I have had the opportunity to work in the areas of guardian, custodian, finance, production of products made from medicinal plants (i.e., tinctures, shampoo, ointments and teas), and as the sales manager of the products made in our garden.   I started working with the Foundation when I was seventeen years old. During this time, I was recently married and my wife was six months

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