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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

406 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

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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.