How Becoming a Health Promoter Changed My Life

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 hills and can only be spotted by the kitchen smoke rising above the trees. Her wooden house is difficult to reach. Only one road connects this 18-mile area. Public transportation passes infrequently, so walking is a way of life, often consisting of 4-5 hours from home to town. Women walk balancing firewood on their heads, their children lugging branches or water jugs behind, bringing fuel for lunch. They walk to work, they walk fo

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Global Pediatric Alliance promotes grassroots empowerment and community-based healthcare to improve the lives of women and children, and reduce maternal and infant mortality in Latin America.

Photos courtesy of Marcella Spera, Monica

Jarosz, Nikhol Esteras, and Stacey Ramirez

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