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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: COTA enhances the health and wellbeing of underserved women and children in developing countries through international collaboration.

Target demographics: Mayan women and children

Geographic areas served: rural Guatemala

Programs: donated medical/surgical/dental and orthopedic services

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my second year with COTA. It's just a great group of people with really big hearts, taking care of a very appreciative, very deserving patient population. It's really a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of it. And if Mike and Omer are reading this, I just bought 4 brand new sen retractors off amazon to bring down for next year...sweet.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with Children of the Americas since 1996. Throughout the years, I have watched it grow and mature into the amazing organization that it is today. It is a pleasure and honor to be a small part of the big differences we are making in the lives of children and their mothers in Guatemala.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Again this year a group of 120 non paid volunteers headed to Guatemala to join with the caring people in Retalhuleu to help those who need medical care. With members from Guatemala, Ohio, Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and numerous other states, these people joined together to lend a hand. Many on this team have worked together for years and others were strangers. That's why it was so amazing when they immediately became such a united group all serving each other and the people of Guatemala. I have worked with Children of the Americas for twelve years and am always amazed at how this many people can pull it together in one week to set up a medical team that will see nearly 2000 patients requiring consultation with a primary care doctor, surgery, dental care, ultra sounds, prescriptions, and orthotics. We are all blessed to be a part of this endeavor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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beatty

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my third year with COTA. Each year is better than the last. I love the culture and the people of Guatemala. I was blessed this year to experience serendipity. While vacationing at Lake Atitlan prior to the trip through multiple events I was put in touch with a widowed woman and her young son that had never walked. $125 dollars and 6 days later this child was in surgery and will eventually be able to walk. The community leader and Canadian volunteers visiting Guatemala hiked the three hours up a mountain to the village to back pack the child down to public transportation. Six hours later on a local bus got the child, the mamá and community leader arriving at Retalhuleu. COTA provided housing and food while "mi familia" awaited surgery. This same journey happened in reverse after surgery but a village closer to public transportation will care for the family until the child is able to go back to his village.

$125 dollars- something that I spend on a dinner out changed someone's life forever. I know that my financial support and my time makes a difference with COTA. I am lucky to be part of this organization and am impressed with the board and my fellow participants

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Children of the America's for the last 11 years. For the last 5 years I have been a board member. Our actual humanitarian mission is 7 days in duration, but the time and work to prepare for the mission is ongoing all year. Planning, Organizing, fundraising, team development, the list goes on and on. I am privileged to be involved in such an amazing team. I plan to remain involved as long as I am able.

Sandra_Alboum

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to Guatemala five times with this organization as an interpreter. Truly caring people, well-organized, and they do a ton of good work. I plan on volunteering with them for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Guatemala this January with COTA as a Spanish interpreter. It was an excellent experience - well organized, and SO VERY WORTHY. This year we did something like 2200 consults for women and children, 150 surgeries, extracted maybe 175 teeth, gave out 25k vitamins, ran out of anti-parasite meds... So very necessary. The poverty down there is so severe, and people have to choose between food and medicine. It's unfair, and unnecessary.

I will be going back in 2014. Fabulous org, fabulous mission.

Mary_Ann9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with COTA as is everyone involved with the organization. No one is paid so all resources and donations go directly to the people we serve. We spend each year gathering medical and operating room supplies that are shipped to Guatemala for the January trip.
I've been going for 15 years. Before that my family hosted a young, Guatemalan boy who needed his surgery done in the States.
The defining characteristics for me of this organization are the caring, welcoming, fun loving people who contribute their time and talents to the group and the people of Guatemala.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that truly helps those in need. Very well organized and full of big hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went with this team for the first time this year and it was much better than I expected. It was greatly organized and I could the get help or answers I needed quickly. I am currently expecting to go again! Can't wait to go help more people in Guatemala.

1 glassgirl0821

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We spend a year preparing for a little over 1 week in country to enhance the heath and wellbeing of the women and children and a simple note like the one attached makes it ALL worthwhile!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Under consistently fluid circumstances, in true COTA volunteer form, everyone pulled together to make this year's team trip a great success, including 131 surgical cases and 2364 patient visits in a week of hard but rewarding work by all!! Thanks to everyone for their time and commitment, I can't image another group I would want to work with any more than this one!

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