Ramona Kirschenman

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Name: Ramona Kirschenman
Organization: Oxlajuj B'atz' (Thirteen Threads)
Website: http://www.oxlajujbatz.org
Title: Executive Director

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For the Maya indigenous in rural Guatemala, health care is limited and the cost of modern medicines prohibitive. The ancient Maya developed a vast understanding of the medicinal values of plants found in the highland rainforests they have inhabited for thousands of years, and passed that knowledge down through generations. However, with the dual pressures of globalization and urbanization, the loss of forests, and the influx of modern medicine, Mayan medical traditions are quickly fading. This valuable knowledge must be preserved or it is at risk of being lost forever.