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Children Of The Americas (Cota)

Rating: 5 stars   33 reviews 1,317

Nonprofit Issues:

International

Address:

P.O. Box 25046 Lexington KY 40524 USA

Mission:

We provide medical and surgical treatment to indigent children throughout the world, with a focus in Guatemala.

Target demographics:

Mayan women and children

Geographic areas served:

rural Guatemala

Programs:

donated medical/surgical/dental and orthopedic services

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Reviews for Children Of The Americas (Cota)

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Every time I have been able to volunteer for the well-planned week in Guatemala that COTA arranges, I have experienced a change in my attitude toward my own life here in America. The efforts of COTA to make a difference in this country should be recognized and supported by anyone who is familiar with this organization. The volunteers are dedicated to their jobs, share their knowledge and skills with the residents and fellow volunteers. Thanks to the ones who work so hard to make this a successful pilgrimage.

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January 2015 was my first trip with this organization. The week was one of the most rewarding experiences and the help provided by the talented and dedicated team makes a positive impact to the people served. The medical attention to the women and children in Guatemala is greatly needed and COTA provides this welcomed opportunity.

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I have had the honor to serve this organization since 1996, as a board member, a host parent, and a volunteer on the teams. My decision to become involved has been one of the most positive and influential decisions of my life. It has not only given me a better appreciation of the culture of a beautiful country, but also an understanding of the challenges that face people in all developing countries. That appreciation has changed not only my life, but the lives of my family and friends, who have seen for themselves the importance of service to others in need. I am humbled and honored to work alongside the other COTA volunteers in our efforts to improve the lives of the women and children of Guatemala.

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Children of the Americas is a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who provide medical and surgical services to indigent mothers and children in Guatemala. It has been an honor and pleasure to be part of this amazing organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing whatsoever.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been privileged to work with this all volunteer group since 2006. We are called upon to serve those who are marginalized by poverty, disease or circumstance. Working side by side with the wonderful people of Guatemala, I find that we transform not only those whose needs we serve, but ourselves as well, making the world a better place one child at a time.

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COTA is doing what most would think impossible. With no paid staff and a volunteer board, they are providing essential health care services to some of the world's most desperate and impoverished people. Volunteers donate their time and money to gather, pack supplies and to organize medical trips to Guatemala. After a year of preparation, volunteers the use vacation time and pay for travel expenses to spend a week providing medical care to those who need it most. Every dollar collected in fundraising goes directly to patient care. Money could not be better spent. I am proud to donate my time and money to this organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I was introduced to COTA in 1997 through my sister, who has served in many capacities for the organization. I have 100% confidence in the sincerity and effectiveness of this non-profit. It's incredible to see how much good can be done by this group with limited funds. I have no doubt that every dollar contributed is used wisely. The COTA volunteers are truly amazing.

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1 person found this review helpful

As a full time volunteer in the Highlands of Guatemala, I went as a translator in Jan-2014 to Solola which is about an hour from where I volunteer. The way these folks are from the beginning of the huge health campaign…the organization, the details, the love, the shoes, the comrades, the experts in their field, the previous recipients now the givers, the high quality care, the willingness to adapt, the honoring system and respect for the local culture, the generosity of every single person on the team, the kindness, the sacrifices,…I can go on and on. I've worked here 5 years and to date have not found finest volunteers with so much talent and heart! Kudos to the Board of Directors and everyone that carries such a smooth and fruitful operation. Special thanks to Jody Greenlee who loves unending and passes on such joy and passion to all that meet her.

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I had the sincere honor of joining this goup for their 2014 trip. It is a humbling and incredible experience to be part of group that is so committed to thier charter and provides this kind of medical care, both in Guatemala, and at times bringing severe cases back to the US for intense surgeries. They are a well run, and growing organization of caring individuals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Many groups go to Central America and hand out tracts, vitamins, clothing, etc. But Children of the Americas goes a step further with life-changing surgery. We take children and women who are basically outcasts in their villages, and help turn them into socially accepted, hard-working individuals. It truly changes lives for the better.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a "set" place to go each year in Guatemala. Currently we go to many different areas and hospitals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

COTA is an extremely well run mission that provides health care to more than thousand mothers and their children each year including complicated and life saving surgeries in the US. The missions provide services and medicines that these families would never receive otherwise.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing 1

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Children of the Americas is comprised of passionate, dedicated and caring individuals motivated by the mission to offer much needed medical care to women and children in Guatemala. Having volunteered for this group on a medical mission trip, I was moved by the compassionate clinicians and volunteers that helped change the lives of those we served. It was a privilege to serve with this nonprofit and I've recommended the experience to my colleagues and physicians as a wonderful, reliable organization with an outstanding history.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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