PEOPLE FOR GUATEMALA INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 400 5TH Ave S Ste 304 Naples FL 34102 USA

Mission: To promote human advancement by engaging the poor in rural Guatemala through health, education and community development to effect long term change in families and their communities.
Programs: Teachers Helping Teachers Houses for Living, Skills for Life Healthy Homes - clean drinking water, Chapina stove, composting latriine Scholarships for junior high and high school students Health Care clinics Building water projects and schools

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with People for Guatemala since its inception and am truly amazed at what has been accomplished in that time---water projects, stoves, medical and dental clinics, educations projects and much more. In every project the recipients are expected to be involved in the planning and implementation of the project and to give back in some way.
My involvment has been in the area of education. I have developed a kindergarten teacher training program and reading and math curriculum. Currently 40 teachers have/are being trained. Kindergarten students in rural villages are being taught to read and perform higher level math skills. The teachers are thrilled to have materials and to be able to teach kindergarten children more than just social and fine motor skills.
People for Guatemala is an outstanding organization which I highly recommend to anyone who wishes to contribute or be involved in some way. You can be certain that whatever is contributed will go directly to its designated project.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit organization is relatively new, but their accomplishments have far surpassed anyone's expectations. They are not a hand out organization. Their approach is to help communities organize and participate in projects that improve their own lives. As a result the people they are helping are not only acquiring new skills but experience a sense of accomplishment and self confidence that is invaluable. For example, if the community decides their number one priority is a water well, they are involved in the project from the beginning and provide much of the manual labor required as well as contributing financially, even if its just a small percentage of the total package. What's especially outstanding about this organization is that 100% of all donations go directly to the people of Guatemala.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been privileged to work with People For Guatemala for the past two years. I have brought a total of over fifty nurse practitioner and graduate nursing students and nursing professors from Florida Atlantic University for a cultural immersion in primary care in this region of Guatemala. Through the seriously hard-working efforts of the entire staff of PFG we have been able to assess and treat over a thousand patients on each trip. The trusting relationship that Ken and Lois and their staff have established with these underserved communities has been our "gateway" into the lives of the indigenous Maya population. It would have taken us years to build that relationship on our own. We are deeply indebted to PFG for their passion for bringing access to health care and education to these communities. I hope to spend the rest of my life helping them. All of my students state that they are "forever changed."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Our foundation Nursing Heart Inc is a proud associate of People for Guatemala. Without them, the nurses and doctors who come to Guatemala could not bring their care. People for Guatemala and their sister organization, Hombres y Mujeres en Accion do the development for the projects that we carry out in Guatemala. I cannot thank them enough for the kind of assistance that they have provided our organization by preparing the communities that receive our care. They are FIVE stars!

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I have worked with People for Guatemala for four years now. I continue to grow in respect for their integrity and care for the people of Guatemala. I have experienced the transformation they are bringing about in the communities of San Martin Jilotepeque. Groups that I have pulled together have worked in projects coordinated by People for Guatemala. In the community of Pacoj we participated in a project in 2010. And, two years later, another group went back to the same community for another project. It was amazing to experience how the community had developed through the support of People of Guatemala.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was referred to Lois by the Executive Director of my organization because I am trying to build an effective community health program. Not only are Lois, Ken and Amilcar exceedingly kind and generous but the work they do is an invaluable example of how development and aid by non-profits must be undertaken in developing-world countries. In the day that I spent with them, observing, I watched as they guided and empowered multiple communities to think critically and cohesively about mobilizing various projects that would provide the community access to basic necessities. I was shocked to learn that there are entire communities of people without any access to water. I cried when board members of one community entered to personally thank Lois and Amilcar for their aid in their community water project. Each man's voice shook with emotion as they expressed their initial doubts in Amilcar, their satisfaction with the completed project and their gratitude for their support. People for Guatemala not only delivers justice to people by supplying basic necessities but also creates stronger communities. I was amazed and moved.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was blessed to go with Lois and Ken (People for Guatemala INC) and some of their staff to several of the villages they serve. Their compassion, understanding, care, expertise and knowledge, love, dedication, and great resourcefulness have aided many. They work under the principal of letting the people help themselves, by providing them the tools and knowledge. I saw the village people deeply respected and loved and genuinely cared for by all the staff. I was able to see them helping "in action", and will forever be blessed by that experience. Thank you, People for Guatemala INC for all you do for those that so need your help! You make the world a better place!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The villages People for Guatemala serve are far from the town of San Martin Jilotepeque. In some of these villages there is no water distribution services. When water projects are done in these communities everything changes: the health improves when they have clean water, the high percentage of intestinal diseases is reduced, specially in children; even general sanitation training is provided to the villagers, they can have a shower every day, wash their clothes, have clean fruits and vegetables. And these are things that normal people have to do every day, close your eyes and imagine a day at your home with no water...... they really change their lives forever!
This organization deserves your support...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lois &Ken Werner/People for Guatemala are "the real deal." I have been going on mission trips for many years with several different types of groups; educational, medical, construction and I am totally sold on People for Guatemala. They have focused on San Martin, built a strong team and developed a vision that has brought so many diverse groups to Guatemala to work with the villagers. This model helps develop "their" needs to improve the lives of the children and villagers. So many groups come into a region and do what they feel is needed then go home.

Lois & Ken Werner/People for Guatemala have developed programs based on the needs of the people and require participation thus developing a true partnership and helps develop a pride in the village that will last for a lifetime. I have personally been involved with a school kitchen in Pacoj Tres Cruses; medical clinic in Candeleria and am anxiously awaiting going to Curz Nueva on November 8th to build another school kitchen. The work site is prepared by villagers. The building has been engineered. The material is on site. There are men, women and children that are so excited, so willing to help, but most importantly so humble/thankful for the improvements to their village.

People for Guatemala exemplifies the old proverb, "Give someone a fish you feed them for a meal; teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime" then goes one step further and leaves the fishing pole!

People for Guatemala is truly changing San Martin one project at a time; one village at a time!!

Jack Coleman
Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lois and Ken Werner are doing amazing work in several Villages in the San Martin area of Guatemala outside of Guatemala City. They are involved in health clinics, clean water projects, education, installing cooking stoves and many other worthwhile efforts. They formulate a plan by asking the women in the villages their needs according to their priority and work along with them to make their needs a reality.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent organization! They involve the people in their communities in both the decision making and the problem solving and they are ultra good stewards of the donor resources. They know how to make a little bit go a long way and they know how to get at the heart of the problem. As a long time volunteer and neighbor of the organization in Guatemala I see the work that they are doing every day and greatly admire them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a very special charity! The leadership has focused on the needs of one community in Guatemala, working with citizens there to bring better education, clean water, health care, and many other contributions to living a productive life. The model of participation and commitment from members of the community is the glue that makes this one of the best non-profits in Guatemala.

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