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Causes: Health, Health Care, Health Support, Public & Societal Benefit, Surgical Specialties

Mission: Mission Statement "IMAHelps organizes medical humanitarian missions that provide some of the world's most underserved people with everything from general medical and dental care to life-changing surgeries, prosthetics and other specialized services that reflect the expertise of our volunteers".

Results: IMAHelps, located in Rancho Mirage, CA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing basic health and hygiene education, medical diagnoses, prescriptions, prostheses & life-changing surgeries to some of the poorest people of Central and South America and Asia annually since 2000. When we arrive in the target country with our team of approximately 120 medical and dental practitioners we are greeted by patients lined up by the hundreds, often encircling the hospitals where our volunteers are based. Our patients travel by foot, by bus and on the backs of pickups and flatbed trucks to see our volunteers for a chance to receive medical care they could never afford. We typically treat between 7,000 and 12,000 patients on our 10-day medical missions to Central and South America. IMAHelps delivers a far higher return on investment (ROI) than most non-profit medical humanitarian organizations. The reason is simple: IMAHelps has no paid staff and our volunteers pay for their own flights, food and part of their lodging while donating their time and medical expertise. Medical missions include volunteers from virtually every medical specialty, IMAHelps delivers an extremely high return on investment (ROI) of more than $100 for every dollar we receive in donations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our team of 120 saw 8,582 Patients (which includes 180 major and minor surgeries) in Luque, Paraguay

Geographic areas served: South and Central America

Programs: Orthopedics, Dental, Prosthesis, Plastic Surgery, Vascular, and Cardiology, Gynecology,Pediatrics, General Surgery, Consults and Teaching.

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have never been involved with an organization that is more dedicated and selfless. It is heartwarming and humbling to take care of so many people who often wait hours and hours. Often times there is little you can do and they are still so appreciative. I feel very fortunate to have volunteered with this organization that will continue to be involved in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are never enough words to describe the experience of traveling with 100+ selfless, generous, intelligent and hard working people who come together to serve those who may otherwise go without necessary medical treatment. Ines you have touched so many lives in the last 2 decades...thank you for continuing to allow me to be a part of this amazing team and effort.

*Also many thanks for the generous donations that allowed me to distract babies for exams/treatment and send each child home with a toy and a new toothbrush!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To all the wonderful people who were part of this medical Mission we thank you so much and the people of Nicaragua in Matagalpa thank you deeply for your hard work, love, passion and dedication to help the most needed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cristina Joy Carreon ...feeling grateful at Hospital General de Luque, Paraguay ·
“ I don’t speak of the gift because not for everything that’s given to you can you really be grateful. You can’t be grateful for war in a given situation or violence or domestic violence or sickness and things like that. There are many things for which you cannot be grateful but in every moment you can be grateful. For instance the opportunity to learn something from a very difficult experience and to grow by it or even to protest, to stand up and take a stand. That is a wonderful gift in a situation in which things are not the way they ought to be. So opportunity is really the key. When people ask, “Can you be grateful for everything?”. No, not for everything but in every moment.”

~ Br. David Stendl Rast, The Anatomy of Gratitude

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IMAHelps les agradesco todas las obras q an Realizado zavemos q todo es con la ayuda de Dios y esperamos q El cea siempre ayudandoles. A triunfar cada dia mas. Elias Martinez.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excelente la atención de la organización, el cariño y la paciencia con que atienden a los pacientes siempre con una sonrisa dando esperanzas...quede muy contenta y ojala regresen pronto, les vamos a extrañar��� DIOS se lo pague!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IMA Helps saved the life of my best friend. My best friend, Carmen, lives in Paraguay and has breast cancer. She didn’t have any money to undergo cancer treatments, but IMAHelps took care of everything. The doctors took care of her, made her feel safe, went out of their way to get her to her treatments, and explained to her everything in great detail. IMAHelps gave her free injectables, appointments, and everything she could need. I had no idea just how much they did for her until recently, when I went back down to Paraguay. IMAHelps - you saved the life of my best friend. I’m infinitely grateful. I cannot thank IMAHelps enough. All I can say is, thank you for what you do

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IMAHELPS. Is an organization non profit that has extended their volunteer operations not only local but internationally. Providing the best medical, dental,orthopedic ,family medicine ,emergency medicine, cardiology, surgical procedures, Physical therapy and prosthetic care with devices who are in most need. Pediatric Care ,Just to mention few of the wonderful care their team of volunteers gives. When you become a volunteer with this organization it opens your mind heart and spirit. It makes us human much more connected and realize how much we can help and also help ourselves by being grateful and so true we come into this world many of us with two hands, one to help ourselves and the other to help others.

Vivian C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Imahelps changed my life from the moment they gave me the opportunity to serve as I could to the people who needed the most. I feel blessed to be part of this organization and reach so many people im need, so many good professionals, so many wonderful human beings. I not only feel that I am helping but I have been helped and transformed with so many sad stories that became beautiful miracles!!

Mariana G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful, eye-opening experience with IMA Helps. The Paraguay 2019 mission left me with memories I will always hold close to my heart. I met amazing people both participating and receiving care that have become good friends. I hope to continue participating in IMA missions. Thank you for the opportunity to volunteer!

1 Jeff53

Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed by IMAHelps. Today is June 2, 2019 and I just returned home from UC Irvine Medical Center, where UCI staff surgeons who volunteer with IMAHelps on medical missions in Latin America just performed a free surgery for 27-year-old Enrique Galvan of Luque, Paraguay. Galvan suffers from neurofibromatosis, otherwise known as Elephant Man's disease. IMAHelps volunteers met him during a medical humanitarian mission to Luque, Paraguay in 2018. IMAHelps volunteers subsequently partnered with UCI Medical Center in providing Galvan's surgery for free, removing very large tissue growths from Galvan's back, chest and shoulder. IMAHelps volunteers continually go out of their way to provide people of limited means with healthcare and surgical services. They usually do this during their medical missions overseas, but sometimes they find it necessary to perform surgeries here in the United States. I have volunteered with IMAHelps for 12 of its 19 years of existence. During that time, IMAHelps volunteers have treated more than 100,000 patients and performed well over 2,500 life-changing surgeries with Mr. Galvan's case being the latest dramatic example.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have donated 10 years of my life as a volunteer for IMAHelps and plan to continue volunteering as long as I am physically able to do so. In a nutshell, IMAHelps organizations medical humanitarian missions that bring healthcare and hope to people who have little of neither. The organization is completed operated by volunteers. And since the volunteers on the missions pay for their own travel expenses, all of the donations are used to purchase medicines and supplies for the missions. IMAHelps provides statistics on the numbers of patients treated on each of its missions as well as the value of the services provided. IMAHelps just treated its 100,000th patient during its July 2017 mission to Itaugua, Paraguay. I know IMAHelps will continue to make a positive difference, not only in the lives of the poor, but in the lives of IMAHelps volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gracias por venir a Paraguay y dar vida a muchos compatriotas muy agradecida a la fundacion! GJ Rosemarie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate all the good work that IMAHelps performs every year. Caring, giving and compassionate people! Great group!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excelente la atención de la organización, el cariño y la paciencia con que atienden a los pacientes siempre con una sonrisa dando esperanzas...quede muy contenta y ojala regresen pronto, les vamos a extrañar. DIOS se lo pague!! Maria Victoria Ruiz Diaz

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IMAHelps les agradesco todas las obras q an Realizado zavemos q todo es con la ayuda de Dios y esperamos q El cea siempre ayudandoles. A triunfar cada dia mas. At:Elias Martinez.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IMAHelps serves those in low income areas of South America and Central America. They work selflessly. No one is paid. Tremendous love from these teams! Thank you IMAHelps for all you do for others!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! Amazing return for every dollar donated to this nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! I wonderful way to give back. I would encourage everyone to "lean in" and help those that can't help themselves. I choose to volunteer and donate to IMAHelps because I see firsthand the miracles they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IMAHelps gives me the opportunity to reach outside of myself in ways I never dreamed possible. IMAHelps volunteers are compassionate, and selfless in their application of aid. Truly inspiring to be involved with caring professionals such as this!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excelente la atenci\u00F3n de la organizaci\u00F3n, el cari\u00F1o y la paciencia con que atienden a los pacientes siempre con una sonrisa dando esperanzas...quede muy contenta y ojala regresen pronto, les vamos a extra\u00F1ar\uFFFD\uFFFD\uFFFD DIOS se lo pague!! Maria Victoria Ruiz Diaz

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracias
Gracias
Gracias mil veces gracias
En serio no existen palabras por todo todo lo que nos dieron
Nos llenaron de tantas esperanzas y mucho amor ...
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Thanks
Thanks
Thanks a thousand times thanks
Seriously there are no words for everything they gave us
They filled us with so many hopes and much love
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Paraguay thanks you, Mirian Caceres

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Susan St Louis- It is an honor to serve with this dedicated group of people who volunteer their time to help deliver healthcare to the poor of many nations. Transformative, inspiring and fun! Please, everyone - support our efforts to make a difference for those who have few resources.