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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Care, Health Support, Public & Societal Benefit, Surgical Specialties

Mission: IMAHelps organizes medical humanitarian missions and provides medical, health and hygiene education, life-changing surgeries and a broad range of medical, dental and prosthetic services to underserved populations throughout the world.

Results: IMAHelps, located in Rancho Mirage, CA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing basic health and hygiene education, medical diagnoses, prescriptions, prostheses & life-changing surgeries to some of the poorest people of Central and South America and Asia annually since 2000. When we arrive in the target country with our team of approximately 100 medical and dental practitioners we are greeted by patients lined up by the hundreds, often encircling the hospitals where our volunteers are based. Our patients travel by foot, by bus and on the backs of pickups and flatbed trucks to see our volunteers for a chance to receive medical care they could never afford. We typically treat between 7,000 and 12,000 patients on our 10-day medical missions to Central and South America. IMAHelps delivers a far higher return on investment (ROI) than most non-profit medical humanitarian organizations. The reason is simple: IMAHelps has no paid staff and our volunteers pay for their own flights, food and part of their lodging while donating their time and medical expertise. Medical missions include volunteers from virtually every medical specialty, IMAHelps delivers an extremely high return on investment (ROI) of more than $100 for every dollar we receive in donations. In 2010, IMAHelps volunteers raised $86,980 and delivered $9,419,400 worth of medical care to 8,446 patients in Somoto, Nicaragua. That’s an ROI of $108 for every dollar donated to IMAHelps. In 2011, IMA volunteers raised $60,000 and delivered $11.2 million worth of medical care to 12,277 patients in Esteli, Nicaragua. That’s an ROI of $187 for every dollar donated to IMAHelps. In 2012, IMAHelps volunteers raised $85,000 and provided $13.4 million worth of medical care to 13,733 patients in Jinotega, Nicaragua. That’s an ROI of $158 for every dollar donated to IMAHelps.

Target demographics: Helping the less fortunate in need of medical and dental care outside of their reach in South America, Central America, Asia

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5,213 patients

Geographic areas served: The Central and South America

Programs: Every year, IMAHelps completes thousands of medical procedures during each mission which include: general medicine; surgery; pediatric-pulmonary; plastic surgery; optometry; ophthalmology surgery; dental; consultations; orthopedic surgeries; prosthesis and consultations and pharmacy to serve the target country's poorest who otherwise would never receive such care.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Carmen12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that focuses on providing compassionate quality medical care , dental services and physical therapy among some . The organization allows each volunteer to serve to others and providing assistance to the best of their abilities while maintaining the highest standards! The care focuses on those communities that need the most while prioritizing the frail elderly , children and person with physical and metal disadvantages! The circle of agape love is created so greatly that each person that experiences being part of IMAhelps want to tell the world about it and recreate those experiences that truly can help our brothers and sisters of the world !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went with IMA Helps to Matagalpa, Nicaragua in July, 2016. It was the most rewarding
adventure I have ever experienced. The dedication of each and every one of our group of 98 people, Doctors, Dentist, Nurses, Therapists and Volunteers was overwhelming.
The dedication of each and everyone of this outstanding group made this "pure pleasure".
We worked from 7:30 to 5:30 non stop and provided very much needed medical care. The
satisfaction was the smiles of the people who traveled for hours, one person traveled 24 hours, to see us. We attended about 5.000 people in 6 days and performed miracles. I know I will do this again. 2017 will be South America.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IMAHelps medical mission 2016. Other than helping thousands of indigent people receive quality healthcare, it is also a chance for me to make new friends and rekindle relationships year after year. It's truly a great family. #blessed #IMAhelps

Sunaina Sehwani , MD

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will miss the "All Day, Everyday" method of operation!
I am am proud to be with these outstanding IMAhelps volunteers and part of this Amazing organization. I will keep you all in my heart ! Until next mission !

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you IMAHelps for letting me be part of the team!

Dr. Francisco Manuel Flores Otero- Matagalpa, Nicaragua Mission 2016

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Congratulations IMAHelps. You are the best humanitarian organization.

Magdalena Gutierrez

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with IMAHelps for nine years and serve on the board of directors. I have to tell you that volunteering with IMAHelps has been the most personally rewarding experience I have had in my adult life. I say this because we always change lives on every mission and bring healthcare, life changing surgeries and hope to those who live in very difficult circumstances. IMAHelps is an organization with an incredible heart and each year we get better at organizing medical and dental missions that are among the largest in Central and South America. The IMAHelps volunteers are some of the best people I've ever met. Everyone on our team focuses on helping the poorest of the poor. IMAHelps works with the ministries of health in different countries to identify the regions with the greatest healthcare needs. I can't wait for our next mission.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first mission. I have never felt more needed than when I went to Matagalpa, Nicaragua in 2016. Everyone was so kind. I enjoyed helping all the people who needed help. You never know how much you are truly blessed until you see someone who has less than you. We should always want to help others in need. I hope that IMA continue to help those who needs help, and I want to be a part of it. It was a great experience for me. I enjoyed it and the people I worked with, and the people I took part in helping. Thanks for letting me experience to help someone other than myself. It's a great experience. Hope to help out again next year. Janice Body

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing opportunity it was to be able to join this God send organization called IMAhelps. As a first time volunteer, I felt so very fortunate to be a part of unbelievable most talented professionals who each gave their time , money effort so selflessly so that the people in Matagalpa, Nicaragua can receive top notch medical care.
I would like to mention and give a shout out to the Plastic Surgeons, Vascular orthopedic surgeons, Cardiologist, OB/Gyn, internest, pediatrician, NP's, Dentist , dental hygienist , Nurses, Techs, pharmacist, Physical Therapist , prosthetics and all others who with their God given talent made the mission possible. Last but not least, I want to thank the two most important ladies Ines and Gillian who Lead this organization to be one of the best medical mission I have ever known.
Thank you everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This year I had the opportunity to volunteer in IMAHelps mission in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. I could not have ever imagined what I saw and experienced through it all. Nicaragua itself is a beautiful country filled with a rich culture that can impact a person in different ways. Experiencing Nicaragua while participating in this mission has impacted my life and view of the world in a positive manner. Through my volunteer work I was able to see the need for medical necessity the people of this area need. Most of my volunteer work took place in the IMAHelps pharmacy, but I was also designated to draw blood and collect other bodily specimens from our patients. The people I encountered while volunteering were extremely appreciative of the medical help IMAHelps brought to them. IMAHelps provides dental and various medical assistance, which include internal medicine, gynecology, pediatric, physical therapy, prosthetics, cardiac, and surgical aid. The different ways in which IMAHelps changes the lives of the people it helps and has helped is incredible. IMAHelps is an amazing non-profit organization that has helped and will be helping thousands of lives in Central and South America. Amazing work IMAHelps!

1 Carmen12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that focuses on providing compassionate quality medical care , dental services and physical therapy among some . The organization allows each volunteer to serve to others and providing assistance to the best of their abilities while maintaining the highest standards! The care focuses on those communities that need the most while prioritizing the frail elderly , children and person with physical and metal disadvantages! The circle of agape love is created so greatly that each person that experiences being part of IMAhelps want to tell the world about it and recreate those experiences that truly can help our brothers and sisters of the world !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of this amazing organization it has been one of the best things that I have ever done . Aside from very well organized , it's full of great energy all focusing on humanitarian work. It was my first time being part of this mission and I hope it won't me my last one , you work, you touch people but most important they touch you , at the heart , compassion , humility , caring , kindness and all the things that are virtues of the human spirit . Seeing everyone come toguether for one reason " to help" to give , I feel that it's the ultimate purpose of our existence. To help others because we are also helping ourselfves.
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