GlobeMed at Cornell partners with AMMID, The Association Maya-Mam to Promote Research and Development, located in Comitancillo, San Marcos, Guatemala. Comitancillo is one of the poorest municipalities in San Marcos with 95% of children under 5 living in poverty and 78% of children suffering from malnutrition. AMMID seeks to promote the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental development of the communities, autonomously and sustainably, based on the identity of Maya-Mam, generating structural alternatives and forging local capacities to ensure a decent standard of living for families in Comitancillo. In Comitancillo,the native Maya-Mam communities are struggling with poverty, malnutrition, gender inequality, and a loss of cultural identity. AMMID is working to address these problems by providing alternative solutions that will create a self-sustaining community. They are specifically looking for women and children to benefit from equality and health education.

logo-de-ammidPast projects that AMMID has supported include: an agroecological and eco-craft training center; construction of four craft centers for the Taltimiche, Bushings, and Chamaque native groups; construction and equipping of five school buildings; promoting the integrity of family farm plots by teaching composting, soil conservation, livestock management, and how to grow fruit and medicinal plants; operation of a microcredit program benefitting 155 families; establishment of a committee of women at the municipal level; and supporting a defense against opencast mining in the area.

Project: Currently, GlobeMed at Cornell and AMMID are focusing on three main projects. The first is to provide ecological water filters, which will help prevent the severe gastrointestinal problems that children in this area suffer as a result of contaminated water. The second is providing families in the area with functioning stoves, in order to provide them with sanitary cooking conditions. Finally, AMMID is looking to implement family gardens to combat the malnutrition that 78% of children in the area suffer from.

Impact: AMMID’s sustainable projects based in agroecology, a commitment to integrated health, craft textile production, and democratic values will allow them to focus on improving the economic status of women and the fight of the Maya-Mam to maintain their cultural identity.

For more information about AMMID:

AMMID Website

AMMID on Facebook