Educational and cultural programs for children:
• On-site preschool in the Kaqchikel language
• Afternoon tutoring & programming
• Music and art classes
Life skills for mothers from staff and a Guatemalan “mamas’ mama”:
• Family planning and non-violent parenting
• Gardening and cooking
The skills and self-confidence they gain will enable them to live successfully in their own communities.
In January 2017, Project Somos registered the six eldest children as a satellite of an established school in Guatemala City. Under a qualified Guatemalan teacher, they follow the national public school curriculum at Project Somos, and it's working well. This decision was made when a Somos girl failed Grade 2 for the third time, and the local school was unable to work with Project Somos to assist her and other children with learning challenges.
Our holistic approach focuses on physical health and well-being, intellectual education, spiritual healing and happiness. We do everything we can for the mothers and children to maintain their own culture, traditions, clothing and language.
A Guatemalan therapist is on staff to help mothers deal with trauma and support them in their move towards independent living.