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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

More Info

EIN 27-2550148
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

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

Was this review helpful? 
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!

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

When I moved to Guatemala several years ago I volunteered with People for Guatemala. I was very impressed with the dedication, passion, and commitment of the staff. But what I like most was the way they approached the communities and how they solved problems. The staff involves the community and encourage community members to find their own solutions. With this approach the community feels empowered, accountable, and are truly invested in the project, thus creating sustainable and permanent change!

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?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

People for Guatemala does exceptional work. Their integrated programs involve community members to provide long-term, sustainable change. I've worked with numerous organizations in Guatemala, and have found People for Guatemala to be run efficiently and competently, with a strong emphasis on helping people to help themselves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional funding so that they could reach even more families and communities.

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

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past 6 years I have traveled to Guatemala 6 times to support the work of this group and the rural communities that they serve. I could not imagine a more dedicated staff who work diligently to improve the lives of the villagers. Their community development has improved people's lives with concrete floors, latrines, vented stoves, water filtration, kindergartens, water systems, and community buildings. They also care for the medical needs of villagers with monthly clinics, funding specialized testing and care as needed, medications, eyeglasses, and durable medical supplies.
Two additional ways they stand out- As an organization there is willingness to partner with other organizations in Guatemala and outside the country to better meet the needs of the staff and villagers. They have also chosen to support their staff in receiving further education whether it is high school or university training.
I look forward to more visits to support the "boots on the ground".

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Involve more Guatemalans on the Guatemalan Board of Directors.

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

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

People for Guatemala is doing very important work for the marginalized communities of Guatemala. Their approach is very grassroots and they focus more on quality than quantity. They are in the community working directly with individuals and helping the community prosper one family at a time. They empower the people through giving them an opportunity to participate in their own development and donĀ“t impose outside ideas on the communities, as is so often the case in development work. Their methodology also contributes to the sustainability of the interventions through leaving the capacity installed in the community to carry on into the future.

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful?