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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations

Mission: Mission Guatemala Inc., is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples through health, education and nutrition initiatives and missionary service.

Geographic areas served: Lake Atitlan Region, Guatemala

Programs: Mission guatemala operates a medical clinic and dental clinic for impoverished and underserved guatemalans. The clinic provides low cost medical care and dental care. It also provides low cost medicines. No one is denied service. At year end, the clinic was averaging 450 patients per month.

currently mission guatemala operates two feeding centers providing a healthy lunch five days a week to 160 chronically malnourished children each day. The feeding centers are located in the communities of nueva esperanza and xepec. Mission guatemala also distributes food to individuals and families to help relieve hunger issues. Chronic malnutrution is a growing issue in guatemala. According to the world food program, guatemala is fourth in the world for chronic child malnutrution.

the organization uses volunteers from churches and other organizations in the united states to aid in community development by the construction of needed facilities at schools and the community at large. These construction projects are done in partnership with communities who help define their needs in the areas of health, education and nutrition. Examples would be handwashing sinks at schools, recreation areas at schools, kitchens for school food preparation, community health centers, and classrooms.

the organization brought u. S. Volunteers to guatemala to assist with projects which benefited the guatemalan communities where the mission is located. Projects included home repair, repair of school and preschool facilities, and emergency relief programs.

Community Stories

430 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stephanie287

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is a world-class organization and I would recommend them to everyone. My husband, 13 year old daughter and I got so much out of the experience and plan on doing it again in the future. It was nice to not only work the mission site but also to learn more about the culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala has been a blessing to the Mayan people in San Andres and the surrounding communities. Most of the MG staff are from the local community and are paid to provide services to the mission team members. This is my 4th year to work a week on community school projects (concrete play area, classrooms, and 2 school bathrooms). We work alongside local skilled personnel who are very willing to teach us their construction methods. The school children are so much fun to play with on breaks. The MG feeding programs provide healthy food for school lunches. Hosting more than 40 mission teams a year, MG can complete large projects that benefit the whole community. The medical, pharmacy, and vision programs at the MG clinic serve many families from San Andres and the surrounding Mayan communities.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala hires local staff to identify community needs and then helps provide resources and people to meet those needs. I recently returned from my third trip to work on schools in small communities. We worked on all-weather play area (2014), bathrooms to replace a pit toilets (2015), and new classrooms this year. By combining multiple volunteer teams over several months, MG has also built school kitchens and other facilities that Mayan community leaders have deemed their highest priority. MG also provides medical, dental, eye care, and inexpensive medicines to serve people in these communities. Housing, food, and transportation are provided so volunteers can totally focus on serving Mayan people in the Guatemalan communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

this non-profit was well-organized and focused on the vision of helping rural. indigenous Guatemalan communities. I would make this short-term International Mission destination a top priority for our church back in Ohio.

Hawkeye853

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just spent 8 days with Mission Guatemala working on restrooms for the school in Caliaj Tecpan. This was my fourth trip with MG and I will keep coming as long as I am able. The staff of MG have become family to me. The joy of the children, the hard working, friendly Mayan workers, the accommodations, the healthy, delicious meals, and the fellowship are impossible to adequately describe. My experiences have changed my life and renewed my spirit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is outstanding because of how integrated they have become in the communities they serve. Involvement of Mayan staff and the requirement of involvement of the community who benefits in the selection, planning, and construction of projects is critical to their success and the level of trust that has developed for Mission Guatemala. We were warmly welcomed by the community and developed lasting relationships with those with whom we worked. In addition, the accommodations and food for the teams make serving on a team a real pleasure. This trip was my second to Mission Guatemala and I look forward to doing it again next year. It is a time each year that I can truly say I am the person God created me to be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had another great experience at Mission Guatemala. There were 16 on our team, all but two had been there before. The staff, accommodations, food, transportation, project, and children again exceeded our expectations. Everything very well organized. We worked on bathrooms for a remote Mayan village school. You do not have to be experienced in construction, the local construction team is good at showing you what to do. There are several nice surprise activities during the week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 4th year at Mission Guatemala. The staff and support people are great. The housing facility is very comfortable, the food wonderful, the location beautiful. The relationship between MG and the Mayan people is very close and the projects are definitely worthwhile. Our team worked on a two classroom school addition in a village. The existing classroom is corrugated metal with little light and not a conducive environment for learning. The people are very appreciative and friendly. It is very safe. MG has a couple of surprises during the week which really are fun.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The people and the project where very good for our team and more importantly, great for the children on the community served.

1 Perry H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spent an incredible week with Mission Guatemala! Great staff, Great accommodations, and an overall excellent experience. If you are looking for a well organized mission experience, then Mission Guatemala is the organization for you. May God Bless Mission Guatemala and the people of this great country!

ew1950

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on six international mission trips. This mission trip to Guatemala was by far the best mission trip I have ever been on . The staff at mission Guatemala was absolutely fabulous. They make you feel like you are part of their family. They have the love of God and fellow man in their hearts. I will go back again!!! Elmer Wallace first united Methodist church new Philadelphia Ohio

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my 4th Central American mission, but the first to Guatemala. This was by far the best organized as to work, accomodations, scheduling, etc. I left feeling like our group had made at least some difference.
Very good organization, and ALL the people we dealt with were good!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala's approach to partnering with surrounding communities resonated my group. Too many organizations don't do their homework and simply provide "help" that the org thinks people "need". Mission Guatemala's facilities are top notch, the crew was patient with us non-professionals and was a pleasure to work beside, and Mission Guatemala was very organized throughout the week of service. Our team would highly recommend them and would go again!