CdA Scholarship Program students organized their teachers and fellow classmates to participate in an Awareness Parade to motivate their community members to take the necessary measures to rid Los Tehuistes of dengue, chikungunya, and zika, all mosquito-borne diseases.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, "[m]osquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism -- over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year." Los Tehuistes' scholarship students have led projects in their community to distribute "abate," a funny smelling powder that comes in small bags, which you poke holes in with a pen or small sharp object, and stick in the pila (washing basin) to keep the mosquito larvae from growing. This is one measure they hope their community members will continue to take to fight the mosquito-borne diseases that greatly affect the people of Los Tehuistes'.
At the parade, students were honored by the participation of the regional military band and the presence of Arturo Cevero, the Scholarship Program Coordinator from CdA's sister organization, Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), as well as a good turn-out from their community members.
Click on the photo below to view a slideshow of the parade.