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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

425 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been able to be a part of two very different yet amazing trips to Guatemala. Mission Guatemala does so much more for the people in the Lake Atitlan area than one could ever imagine. They do the obvious things such as providing medical, dental, & vision services at low costs, providing feeding programs to schools & communities, providing free water filtration systems, building hand washing stations & kitchens at area schools, providing safer wood burning stoves, and running a child sponsorship program, but they also do much more than that. By bringing mission teams in to help with their programs, they are creating revenue for the local vendors in Panajachel, Chichicastenango, & San Juan. Through their multiple programs, they provide employment to many local people at the medical clinic, at the worksites, and at Casa del Rio – the team housing site. They have begun providing sewing classes to the community with plans to offer classes in other specialties also. There is so much that can be said of the wonderful people who are employed by Mission Guatemala. They make everyone feel at ease and welcome. The food is amazing. The housing is beautiful. The views are unlike anything I’ve seen before. Because of my experience during these two trips, I’ve learned to see the beauty in everything around me also. Just because I don’t have those spectacular mountain, lake, & volcano views here doesn’t mean that I can find beauty in the farm land, forests, and other things around me here in Indiana. I can’t wait to return to Guatemala again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience organized by an outstanding organization. This is my second year on a trip with Mission Guatemala. The staff was very helpful and the projects directly benefit the communities of San Andres. They also run medical, dentist, and eye clinics.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding mission trip. Great community interaction and involvement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience as always!!! So organized and fun!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience! I will be coming back again. Excellent staff and great organization.

Kali L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went into this trip with an open mind. This was our 1st mission trip & I knew I had nothing to compare it to plus I wanted to be open to see what God had in store for me. I was almost overwhelmed with the "Wow" factory each and every day! The land is breathe taking! The staff were very helpful & truly kind. They were also very educated not only with the work of Mission Guatemala but with the country, the people, the communities, the culture. You can tell they have their whole hearts poured into what they do and where God has led them. The staff are truly an inspiration to me & my family and I are looking forward to returning to Guatemala and working with Mission Guatemala again! What stole my heart were the kids we were able to interact with at the job site and in the different communities. A lot of times, we go into places like this thinking we are bringing Hope to a lot of people, and we do but the reality is; at least for me is they give us Hope we never knew we needed. Guatemala will forever have a place in my heart and a piece of my heart will forever be in Guatemala :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our time with Mission Guatemala was very meaningful and productive. Everything was very well organized, and because of this, everything flowed very smoothly. The food was great, the people we worked with were most helpful, and the time went very quickly. This was a most memorable week, and we would recommend spending time at Mission Guatemala on a work project to anyone. If you can't go to Guatemala, any contributions you could make to the organization would truly be going to a good cause.