Making a Difference
by Al Steger
March 11, 2021
Dolores “Lola” Ajtujal Chiviliu, has been a Quetzal Fund scholar since 2018 when she entered university on weekends to study to become an English teacher. In that same year she joined the team of Mayanza, a non-profit charitable organization formed two years earlier with the mission of improving the health of school children in Guatemala through health screenings and education. Lola soon became the first community health educator for the organization.
As community health educator, Lola travels to four partner schools each week in and around in her hometown of Santiago Atitlan. In her visits, she engages the children in interactive sessions centered around health education topics such as hygiene, nutrition, exercise, and tools for managing emotions. In addition, she facilitates a diabetes lifestyle modification group for women of the community of Tzanchaj.
Being from Santiago Atitlan, her mother tongue is Tz'utujil, but she is also fluent in Spanish and English. This allows her to work with a variety of literacy and language levels in her students. She dreams of expanding the education sessions to the parents of the children in the community and to serve even more children. She is thankful for the educational opportunities afforded by the Quetzal University Fund, as well as the professional development opportunity to work with Mayanza and improve the health of her community.
If you wish to learn more about Mayanza, and its many programs in health education, oral health, anemia, diabetes prevention, health screenings, and community health outreach, or make to a donation, please follow this link: HOME | mayanza.