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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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

415 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my second mission trip with Mission Guatemala. I was able to bring my teen-age daughter with me on this trip and we both had a wonderful experience. The trip is a perfect balance between experiencing the local culture (tourism) and working on a project. Every adventure is well organized, the food and accomodations are outstanding, and the work was very gratifying. My daughter has plans to return in 20 months and she wants to bring her sister.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from my third mission trip with Mission Guatemala. Each trip I make I experience and see first hand the wonderful influence and growth that this organization has had on the San Andreas area. This organization has gained the utmost respect from the surrounding communities and is now an institution in the Guatemala Highlands in and around the Lake Atitlan region. I am always impressed with the organization and commitment that Mission Guatemala has to the Mayan communities it serves. They also do a tremendous job organizing our volunteer mission teams and provide us with superb transfers, accommodations and meals. I highly recommend them to volunteers who are thinking about mission work for their first time. You will definitely be in the best of care while accomplishing great good for the communities that you serve. Mission Guatemala is a safe and caring nonprofit that definitely lives up to their motto, "Do All the Good You Can." I am definitely a repeat volunteer who will be returning many more times.
Duane Martin, Evansville, Indiana

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from my first mission trip with Mission Guatemala. I was so impressed with what Tom and his staff are doing for the people of Guatemala. They provided such wonderful support to us as we went out to the communities near San Andreas Semetabaj. Our team installed several stoves near Panamiche and built water storage tanks at Chuti Estancia. It was a joy to be totally immersed in the beautiful Gautemala culture for one week. The people are so friendly and express such a beautiful faith and love of family. You actually feel apart of the Guatemala people as you work beside them and help them enrich their lives through meaningful projects that Mission Guatemala provides. I was so impressed with the offerings of Tom's clinic near San Andreas and the feeding center and school at Nueva Esperanza. There are certainly great things happening each day in this area of Guatemala thanks to Mission Guatemala. I hope to return many more times and be apart of this exciting program. Duane Martin, Evansville Indiana

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first experience with Mission Guatemala. To say that it was a life changing experience would be a huge under statement. The Mission Guatemala staff aide us throughout the week making the work experience outstanding. There was also the opportunity to enjoy some local culture, cuisine, and shopping. Our group enjoyed our trip and experience so much that we signed up for another trip while completing this one. Thanks again for the most excellent experience. Jeff Whitaker

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been involved with Mission Guatemala for 4 years and served on 3 mission trips. We totally agree with Mission Guatemala's philosophy and vision. They are committed to improving Guatemalan lives through education and nutrition. Our experience has shown that they involve the local community in their decisions and expect participation from them not just hand outs. They have developed a medical, dental and eye clinic to provide those services to Guatemalans who would otherwise not have it available.

Maria168

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala provided a wonderful place to stay and delicious food. The staff is amazing, kind, and personable. They allowed me to experience the true culture of Guatemala, Panajachel specifically. Over all, they are doing a great job in helping and connecting to the local communites and they are extremely flexible. They are always striving toward better and greater ways to accomplish their goal, do all the good you can. I love Mission Guatemala.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just returned from a week with our mission team. Good work, good food, good people on the team and in Guatemala. Mission Guatemala is the finest or at least one of the finest groups helping others with whom I have been associated.

James213

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just spent an awesome week with this organization. Very cool to see the many facets of this ministry.

Annaleisha G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was the greatest experience I have ever experienced. What Mission Guatemala does for the surrounding communities is astounding. If it wasn't for Mission Guatemala, kids wouldn't have schools, food or healthcare. I definitely recommend people help Mission Guatemala as often as possible. I definitely want to come back to help out Mission Guatemala

jtothamo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I reflect on my 5th trip with Mission Guatemala, I find myself amazed by the incredible ministry of this organization. Mission Guatemala has put together a fantastic opportunity for mission teams to join our efforts together to have a positive impact in the greater San Andreas community.

While we may not complete a project on our own, we can see follow the progress and know that we have played a role in improving the health, nutrition, and education of the beautiful people of Guatemala. The staff do a tremendous job of walking alongside teams to make us comfortable in our work and stay. The construction team does an incredible job making sure each team member, no matter their experience and abilities, have a meaningful task at the worksite.

Mission Guatemala does not miss a beat when it comes to providing teams with a life-transforming experience. Not only are teams able to accomplish a great deal of work, the cultural experiences built into the week add a wonderful element. The accommodations at the River House exceed expectations! The rooms are clean, comfortable, and provide a great place for fellowship and rest. The meals provided at the River House and work site are tasty and filling.

I have worked with other mission organizations in the states and abroad. Mission Guatemala sets the bar much higher and exceeds my expectations in regards to providing a meaningful mission experience.