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MEXICO MEDICAL MISSIONS

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Health Systems, General Hospitals, Health, International, International Development

Mission: Mexico Medical Missions exists to proclaim the transforming love of Jesus Christ to the indigenous people of the Sierra Madre Mountains of Northern Mexico through the provision of an excellent level of integrated healthcare

Results: Tens of thousands of Tarahumara provided medical care including treatment of severely malnourished children, plastic surgery for children born with cleft lip and other deformities, pediatric and adult orthopaedic surgeries, general surgery for hernia, gallbladder and other infirmities, eye surgeries for cataracts and strabismus, and hundreds of women attended during their pregnancies and deliveries.

Target demographics: the Tarahumara tribe who are the poorest group in Mexico

Direct beneficiaries per year: 8,000 consults, hospitalizations, ER visits, surgeries and deliveries

Geographic areas served: the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico

Programs: Operated a full service hospital in a remote, impoverished area ofthe state of chihuahua, mexico serving primarily indigenouspersons. The hospital provided outpatient and inpatient care toadult, pediatric, obstetrical and surgical patients. During 2014,the hospital received $100,000 of donated surgical services by twodoctors.

operated a community health program in very remote villagesinvolving the administration of 2 village clinics and a mobileprogram working with several other villages emphasizing educationin preventative healthcare and midwifery.

operated an aviation program transporting health teams into remoteareas as well as transporting sick or injured patients. Due to the sale of the cessna aircraft in july 2014, and some special gifts received in 2014, the organization was able to purchase in 2015 another aircraft which is currently being used in the mountains. United indian missions (uim) has agreed to provide the pilot for the program. In addition, uim has agreed to provide an aircraft for long-haul flights to chihuahua, el paso and the us but has not done so to date.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For over twenty years, Mexico Medical Missions has faithfully and sacrificially served the poorest of the poor in the remote and rugged mountains and canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara. The free medical care they provide has saved and transformed many lives. From complex surgeries to daily consults, the doctors and nurses work out of the limelight. And through various programs, they reach far into the mountains to do medical outreach and community development work. MMM is the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have worked with and alongside of Mexico Medical Missions for the past sixteen years. During those many years of association, we have experienced firsthand and also seen it be managed with solid Christian principles, integrity and fiscal responsibility. The mission freely and sacrificially serves the poorest of Mexico's poor without self-seeking notoriety and on a scale of one to ten we give it a ten!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been working with a variety of community development projects for the Tarahumara over the past 20 years, many in collaboration with Mexico Medical Missions. MMM has provided us with contacts, support, and community introductions that have been of invaluable assistance in our ability to productively work with Tarahumara leaders and families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mexico Medical Mission’s hospital has played a very vital role as a catalyst for many other community development efforts and ministries throughout the Tarahumara region--this can't be over emphasized. The hospital has provided stability, community support, wide recognition and prestige that opens doors in otherwise closed villages for agricultural development projects, literacy classes, linguistic studies and translation projects, village medical outreaches, small business loans, and education projects. Access into most of the Tarahumara region is difficult to gain, due to the traditional wariness of the Tarahumara people, as well as to the instability and violence presented by a dominating cartel presence. The broad respect and admiration that the hospital has earned from all provides a platform from which many other programs and ministries have been able to make marked inroads into an otherwise closed and oppressed culture.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member of Mexico Medical Missions for over 20 years. I know of no other organization that can stretch a dollar more to provide critical medical care to an empoverished people group.

Donor

Rating: 5

MMM has been serving the Tarahumara Indians for more than 20 years, providing free quality healthcare for a struggling population in some of the most extreme living conditions. Almost all of your donations will go directly to the people who need them and not to "administrative costs" or padding employee paychecks.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing team of dedicated professional! I have been involved with this organization since the beginning and they have been both faithful and effective.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this group since the beginning. I have always seen that they are very careful to be good stewards of the money they receive and work very hard to care for the people of this extremely poor part of Mexico!

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the most dedicated teams in Mexico! Their incredible team of professionals has brought first class Healthcare to one of the most remote regions in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have had a relationship with the Mexico Medical Staff staff and volunteers for over a year and a half, and we are honored to live and serve on the MMM campus. As medical professionals and Christians we are able to see and be apart of the life-changing, transformative work MMM is having among the Tarahumara and surrounding communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This, for sure, is a worthwhile organization! From their transparency in everything they do - whether in their finances (they make their financial reports available to anyone) or their work, to their very hands on approach (being on location), to their cost-effective endeavors and every penny saving philosophy, making up for great leadership & stewardship - they are definitely worth working and partnering with!

Haley M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I arrived here in the Sierras just 3 months ago, working as a volunteer nurse. I truly can't say enough good about the many ways that Mexico Medical Missions serves the Tarahumara community. Our team provides excellent care at the hospital, performing advanced surgeries, treating malnourished infants and educating their families, and providing comprehensive and compassionate care in a region with scarce resources. We also have a team that goes out into the most isolated communities to share health education and gospel truth, an aviation team that provides for emergency medical and other transportation needs, and an agricultural program that equips local people to feed their families. As a nonprofit, MMM handles its funds with wisdom and integrity. God is doing incredible things through Mexico Medical Missions!

Michele E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been privileged to work with Mexico Medical Missions as a nurse, helping provide quality health care to many in the rural Sierra Madre Mountains who would otherwise not receive it. Many have been successfully treated both medically and surgically at Hospital Misión Tarahumara, and this mission assists as well in aviation support, agricultural development, and other forms of community development. The impact that MMM has had in Samachique and the surrounding communities is one reason I will always be supportive of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been privileged to have been a small part of Mexico Medical Missions back in 2001-2003, and now again more recently. The consistent and high-quality medical work they've been able to maintain for the past 20+ years is unparalleled. This mission is making a significant improvement in the quality of life for a remote group of people who have otherwise been neglected and have numerous health issues. Difficult orthopedic/surgical cases, eye/cataract surgeries, childhood malnutrition, and rampant tuberculosis, are just a few of the ailments that the hospital has been successfully treating. In addition, there's an aviation arm for transporting remote patients, linguistics work, agricultural training, and more. I highly recommend this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mexico Medical Missions is a wonderful and courageous group of American and Mexican medical missionaries providing free acute care hospital and community health services to the Tarahumara Indian people group in the remote Sierra Madre mountains in Northwestern Mexico. They have achieved dramatic reduction in rates of infant mortality and Tuberculosis. They also provide free agricultural training to improve nutrition and water well drilling in these arid mountains where safe water for drinking and cooking is in short supply.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Mexico Medical Missions does an incredible job working with professionals of diverse disciplines to provide the best care possible for the individuals they serve. Their work is done in a way that empowers individuals and demonstrates that they are valued members of society. Their longevity in caring for the people of Mexico is a testament to the sincerity of their work and the authenticity of their mission.

Michelle Hopkins R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to work with this nonprofit as a midwife for almost 5 years and see first hand the impact they have on the community they serve. I enjoyed getting work with them and I feel that they manage their resources and donations wisely to benefit the people they are serving with little to no waste. Highly recommended!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this nonprofit for almost five years as a midwife. I really enjoyed my time there! It was an amazing opportunity to get to serve alongside so many awesome staff members at this medical mission. I greatly recommend it to anyone who is interested in medical missions. The learning opportunities are endless and the work is rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and i have been a part of MMM since 2009.
My father uses agricultural projects to help prevent malnutrition.

Today I interpreted for a patient in consultation with a visiting gynecologist. Because of the good relations with our family, she felt comfortable enough to be able to tell what she needed.

One of my favorite things about MMM is the wonderful caring people that come at different times to help with projects. I remember in particular, a group that came down a put a new roof on our house.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friend Marcial, still has his foot thanks to the hospital. At fifteen he got a splinter in his left foot. It appeared to heal, and then began to swell. He was so afraid of losing his foot that he only asked for help when he could no longer walk on it. When my dad finally convinced him that the doctors would not cut off his foot, he agreed to go to the hospital.

At the hospital he was given immediate care, a minor surgery and a short hospital stay. And all by doctors that care about his spiritual and physical health.
My mother then spent three weeks changing bandages at home, in order that he would not stay longer at the hospital.
Marcial is now seventeen and can work hard all day, thanks to the hospital he continues to help provide for his extended family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Mexico Medical Missions in 2009 to work on combating childhood malnutrition among the Tarahumara people. The support of Mexico Medical Missions has made it possible for me to teach Tarahumara farmers how to grow more food and feed their families better. Gregorio Lopez recently told me. “I used to harvest 17 bags of corn each year. Last year I planted corn the way you do and I harvested 26 bags. This spring I did the same thing and it looks like my harvest will be really good again this year.”

This year Gregorio also planted potatoes the way I taught him to and is expecting a good harvest. His family should have enough potatoes to eat for the next 10 months and a surplus to sell! Gregorio is passing the blessing on to others, by frequently feeding his nieces and nephews who otherwise would often have nothing to eat.

Andrew Bornman

bornman@bnin.net

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have served the past 15 years at a neighboring Tarahumara ministry My wife has a fragile medical condition. Mexico Medical Ministries has served my wife on several occasions; providing emergency air transportation and another time rendering excellent surgery for a severe broken leg. They treated me for a kidney stone attack. We use volunteer construction teams and several have received emergency treatment. Needless to say, we could not serve in this remote and difficult area were MMM not available. We know hundreds of Tarahumara who have been treated at their facility with life saving medical treatment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked there for a couple months over the summer as a nurse. I was incredibly impressed at the incredible facilities it had for being a rural charity hospital. The quality of care was very good and far surpassed what was available nearby. I would absolutely love to do more volunteer work there. The amount of good this hospital does is immeasurable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The heart and soul of Mexico Medical Missions is saving lives. Not only the physical - in terms of hospital care, surgery, healing, child delivery, nutrition and health education but also the Spiritual. MMM is a Christ centered non-demonational outreach that provides not only for the body but the soul. In addition to suburb advanced emergency hospital care, MMM provides ground and air ambulance service into the remotest parts of Copper Canyon to serve Mexico's indigenous peoples, the Tarahumara Indians. I have witnessed broken bodies healed, sight restored to the blind and lives saved because of the tireless dedication of the surgeons, flight and ambulance crews and support staff of Hospital Tarahumara.

Dan Long
Sierra Vista, AZ