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Midwives often act as patient advocates as well as care providers

At 26, Andrés Guacash Vazques is both a community health promoter working in the indigenous community of Zitin, Chiapas (Mexico), and a recent graduate of GPA’s High School Leadership Program in Guaquitepec, a program he participated in for two years. Andres, who is th...

Meet María García Hernández, one of our outstanding young leaders from the community of Iwiltic, Chiapas who became a GPA intern in 2018. Maria is 20 years old, and speaks Tzeltal and Spanish. She is the 4th child from a family of 9 children, and is the first in her fa...

December 19, 2018

TV Azteca, a Mexican media company, produced the video "The Work of Midwives," which features several midwives that GPA has trained. It highlighted some astonishing information: although there are no official statistics, it's estimated that at least 5,000 midwives in t...

“My name is María del Carmen Álvarez Pérez. I live in the community of Pinabetal, Chiapas and I’m 28 years old.

I am not a midwife yet, but I am learning. I began learning from my grandmother

until her death. This is the first time I am in a workshop. When GPA offered th...

May 3, 2018

On April 17, 2018 a GPA-trained midwife and representative from the statewide midwife movement in Chiapas, Mexico, María Victoria of Sitalá, joined several traditional midwives from around the country, at a round table organized by the Supreme Court of Justice and the...

May 3, 2018

Meet Kevin Méndez, a 17 year old student leader from the community of Oxinam, in Chalam, Mexico. He is one of 20 students taking a GPA Youth Leadership workshop series in order to help improve the health and well-being of his community. In the Highland Region of Chiapa...

April 20, 2017

Luisa has been a health promoter for 8 years but what really sparks her passion is her work as a midwife. If you had talked to her 5 years ago, she would have said that a woman has to be chosen to be a midwife, a vision comes to her. Luisa’s community suffers from seve...

On a mountain ridge overlooking precipitous cliffs, meandering trails and lush green valleys, I was awestruck being back in the field with GPA. My family and I spent this past summer in Chiapas, Mexico and one day we traveled with the team to San Juan Cancuc, the princ...

September 20, 2016

Not yet 30, María, learned quickly about her role in life, as a daughter, sister and woman, and about hard work. In the mountainous area of Huixtan, Chiapas, where she lives, villages are far between. This area, nestled in southern Mexico, is surrounded by forested hil...

May 26, 2016

Choabajito is a small village in Guatemala, surrounded by majestic green mountains, hidden from view by the thick clouds that make the space between the hilltops their permanent home. The majority of the villagers here are subsistence farmers.


Amelia, who is 35, (pictu...

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