I feel that Curamericas is one of the few organizations that actually promotes change and development, not just charity. Instead of throwing money at a problem and hoping it will fix itself, this organization partners with communities to help them help themselves. I am very proud to be associated with Curamericas knowing first hand that they are saving lives and changing the world.
I've worked with a lot of nonprofits through the years but Curamericas Global is by far one of the best organizations I've had the pleasure of working with. I had the opportunity to serve as an international volunteer and an office intern at their headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a volunteer at their site in Guatemala, I learned how healthcare was outside of the U.S and saw the great work Curamericas Global was doing abroad. Curamericas Global works hard to serve the mothers and children around the world while simultaneously showing their appreciation for their donors, volunteers, and interns. I'm proud to be a member of this organization and I will continue to support the fantastic work they do across the globe.
My fellow classmates and I went to the Curamericas Global site in Calhuitz, Guatemala in 2011 and I still hold that experience very dear to my heart. Curamericas Global is such a fantastic nonprofit organization that not only helps you give back but also helps you every step of the way from organizing your trip to interacting with the natives to ensuring your safety to enjoying your days in a new country. Through Curamericas Global, we learned about the different ways to help the kids and adults in Calhuitz as well as enjoy the Guatemalan beauty that we were constantly surrounded by. We had hands on experience with the babies by weighing them and giving them medical shots as well as help build part of a hospital for women, Casa de Materna. We also had the privilege to have such a passionate, lively, and dedicated person of service like Andrew Herrera to guide, protect and mentor us throughout our trip in Guatemala. Curamericas Global educates people of the healthcare in other countries and strives to improve it in areas like Guatemala, Bolivia and Haiti. I am so thankful I got to be a part of Curamericas Global and this organization gave me an experience that I still happily reflect on to this day.
I was excited to spend my time immediately after college graduation with Curamericas staff, learning about program development in maternal and child health projects in Guatemala. The staff is remarkable; they do the work of a staff of 20+, eve though they were only a staff of 6 when I was there. I also really loved their model, where they train community health workers in their project country sites in order to encourage local human capital and create sustainability in their programming. I really respect the work they are doing and hope to contribute more.
Curamericas offers a hand-up for marginalized populations across the globe. I was privileged to take part in a recent trip to the Guatemalan Highlands for a maternal and infant health project. Saving the lives of mothers keeps the family intact and ultimately helps the community in a very systemic way. The work they do is life changing not only for the people of Guatemala, but for those that travel with them as well.
As an intern with Curamericas Global during the Spring 2016 semester, I really enjoyed working on meaningful projects with all staff members. Everyone on staff was passionate about the organization and strived to improve maternal and child health, as well as other program areas, in the regions where they worked. It was a great experience with dedicated staff with a passion for progress!
I was fortunate enough to go on a recent volunteer trip to Guatemala with Curamericas. It's one thing to make a monetary donation and see photos of what the money is doing, it's another to experience first hand what the money is doing. Curamericas is doing great work in some of the most isolated and desperate areas in the world. Saving women and babies' lives before/during/after birth is happening in these remote places because of Curamericas work with the local communities. They respect the beliefs and traditions of the locals and let the locals take the lead on making the health clinics their own. The staff at the clinics were very grateful for the support from donors and volunteers. There is great pride and ownership in the community for the health clinics and the lives they are saving. The staff in the US at Curamericas puts their hearts and souls into their work as well. I am a firm believer in lifting up others and Curamericas Global is doing just that.
I had the privilege of joining Curamericas on a volunteer trip to Guatemala in August 2016. I was humbled and inspired by their meaningful efforts. They have set out an ambitious (some might even think unattainable) objective: to lift the health of new mothers, their infants, and their children in the places with the highest infant mortality rates in world. On the trip, I saw firsthand that they were succeeding. Progress will necessarily come incrementally. But Curamericas is moving, and will continue to move, their partner communities in the right direction. A particularly impressive aspect of Curamericas efforts is that they do not impose what they perceive as “right”. Rather, they begin only after being asked to participate by entire communities. The efforts are organized by people, and the ownership of those communities in the process makes the possibility of continued success seem real.
When seeking opportunities to further my experience and knowledge in Women's Public health, I discovered Curamericas' Global. I began volunteering during my first year as an MPH graduate student. The knowledge I have acquired regarding global health, women's health, child health and serving under-served populations has enhanced my current studies and will positively impact and contribute to my future global health career. I have been collaborating with compassionate and focused Curamericas' team members. I am inspired by their dedication to mitigate suffering, as well as their data driven results of improving health in under-served communities around the globe. I have enjoyed my experience as a Curamericas' volunteer and would love to be more involved in the future on a service trip abroad or during my graduate school internship.
I feel so lucky to be having the opportunity to intern at Curamericas Global, learning from dedicated staff members who truly care for maternal and child health in neglected communities. What I find most unique about Curamericas are evidence-based, data-driven projects that they are proven to be making difference and improving the lives of mothers and children in developing countries. As a student studying in Global Health, I hope more students can volunteer and learn about Curamericas Global and expand their knowledge.
When I learned about Curamericas, I felt an instant connection. Growing up in South America I have seen a lot of poverty in my country. I've seen mothers and children living in such precarious conditions in areas with no running water or electricity and just a cardboard over their heads as a roof. As a mother now, I can't imagine living in such living conditions and facing all these difficulties every day. Reading about what Curamericas does in poor communities all over the world, it touched my heart, so I became a volunteer five months ago. The staff and interns at Curamericas are remarkable people. They are kind, generous, genuine, hardworking people. I'm so honor to be part of this organization.