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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

475 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I just returned from our mission trip in Guatemala and the experience was amazing. Mission Guatemala is truly a wonderful non profit organization that helps the community in so many ways while treating the people in the community with respect and kindness. All of the staff members are great!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is an excellent organization and our mission trip experience was a wonderful opportunity to participate in a service project and learn about their clinic and outreach efforts in the area. Good accommodations, great food and friendly, helpful and informed staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am totally impressed with the works and accomplishments that Mission Guatemala has done for the people in this beautiful country. Through their dedicated staffs, I had the opportunity to learn about the people, the culture, and the accomplishments. I am looking forward to return in the near future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I very much enjoyed my trip to Mission Guatemala July 29 - August 6. Everyone who works for Mission Guatemala is very focused on the safely of all of the volunteers as well as the people of Guatemala.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was a fantastic host for our mission trip. They are very interested in building the local community instead of just providing services. They charge a minimal fee for medical and education services so there is buy-in from the locals. They try to buy local and use local help when possible. We felt well taken care of as a mission group, but were allowed a lot of freedom as well. They did a great job of introducing us to the local culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My week spent working with Mission Guatemala was a wonderful experience. I was very pleased with the well planned projects, transportation and meals, hospitality and care from the employees, opportunity to learn about the mission's history and current projects, and the fun cultural experiences.

By the end of my trip I felt like family with the Mission Guatemala employees, the team I traveled with, and the team we worked alongside. It was hard to leave, and I definitely want to return to help Mission Guatemala. It is a great organization with wonderful people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing week that was well organized and fun! Mission Guatemala truly has an incredible impact on the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had my first week working with Mission Guatemala last week and it was outstanding!! The work they do in Guatemala is so important and is life changing to the people there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala has changed my life. Employees are welcoming, knowledgeable, and hilarious. The River House is extremely comfortable and feels very safe. A big emphasis is put on safety, which was very nice to see. The way the whole mission goes about it's work makes it so clear that sharing the love of God is the number one priority. Mission Guatemala made my trip an incredible and unforgettable experience and I will be going back as soon as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very impressed with Mission Guatemala and their efforts to help the Guatemalan people while continuing to honor the culture and people living there. This week, I had the opportunity
to see how Mission Guatemala works to improve Guatemalans health, through the medical facilities and food programs they offer, as well as education services through the construction projects they fund. I was also very impressed with how inclusive they are to the Guatemalan people as most of the people we worked with were from Guatemala and many of them didn't know English. It was very obvious how much Mission Guatemala does to encourage the Guatemalan culture through our activities throughout the week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The week we spent with the Mission Guatemala teams was life changing. They are doing wonderful work for children and families! We will be sponsoring a child for the lunch and medical care program! The week was a true blessing for our family and we will be back to see Dave, Daniel, Delia, Max, Shannon and the rest of the wonderful staff that is focused on doing all the good they can! Thank you for an incredible, life changing week full of learning, giving, and receiving joy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing week! Guatemala is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Mission Guatemala did a wonderful job immersing us in the Mayan culture. Our translators never tired of our endless questions and we experienced so much in a week- from building a new office for the school district to spending time with local children doing bible school to shopping in the market. It was truly a mountain-top experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is sick! They do so much good for the Guatemalan people and are super efficient at doing so. Keep up the awesome work Dave, Max, Shannon, and the rest of the fam!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala was excellent in catering to the needs of the community as well as the volunteers. I have nothing but high praise for my experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is a wonderful organization. They not only provide resources and labor for many projects, but they also teach people how to fish. Meaning, they help people to help themselves in the process. They work closely with community leaders to determine exactly what they need. In other words, they LISTEN to the people they are helping. This allows them to provide the services/things that the community really needs. Not what they think the community might need.
I recently volunteered to work on one of their projects and it was a great experience. They were wonderful hosts to me, the project was well run and organized. And they have a wonderful reputation in the communities that they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our mission team had a great experience. Mission Guatemala's model for serving is the best I've seen in in the 3 different mission programs I've participated in.

Jwilkerson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was our church's first experience with Mission Guatemala and I would proudly and wholeheartedly recommend them. Dave, Shannon and Max did a wonderful job working with us to create a mission trip unlike any our church has ever experienced. Daniel, our team coordinator, and all our Guatemalan interpreters, workers, and foremen were so helpful and patient on the work site. Our accommodations at the River House were superb and the food was outstanding! We also had three opportunities to enjoy Guatemalan culture in Chichicastenango, San Juan, and Panajachel, as well as tour the medical, dental, and optometry clinic that Mission Guatemala operates. I love the way that Mission Guatemala offers a helping hand up while preserving dignity, pride, and self worth. They care about the people of Guatemala and have cultivated an atmosphere of trust and love within the community. The folks at Mission Guatemala are doing things right and taking the proper steps to work with the people of Guatemala for the benefit of everyone. If you want to experience Guatemala and work with some wonderful people who are helping to make lives better for others, then this is the organization for you and your church.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is a well run organization that serves the needs of the San Andres area of Mayan Guatemala. So much is done in so many of the communities and I am proud to be a yearly volunteer with this terrific testimony of God's unending grace!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is well organized and runs smoothly by dedicated Christians. The lodging is the best for mission work with 3 meals a day. Best mission experience ever. I am totally commuted now to Mission Guatemala and will be returning.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a great experience! Amazing team and people. I felt safe the whole time. Words can't explain how awesome it was. Never wanted to leave!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An awesome mission experience! Our entire experience was orchestrated to give us the opportunity to experience and learn about the Mayan people while helping to build the House of the Teachers. "The Casa del Maestros" project gave us an opportunity for all members/ages to have meaningful opportunities to contribute to the construction. We were so blessed by the largely Mayan staff, interpreters, construction workers as we communicated with Spanish, English, gestures and smiles. All of our transportation, accommodations, meals and personal needs were taken care of, while allowing us the opportunity to make so many meaningful contributions including our daily guacamole which accompanied every day's lunch. Seeing the Medicial Clinic and hearing about all of the ways Mission Guatemala has served along side the Mayan people as new needs were discovered was inspirational. We were privileged to unload 40,000 pounds of enriched rice from "Pack Away Hunger" from our home state Indiana.
Everything we touched, including an afternoon with local school children, left us feeling that our lives in the United States were overflowing with abundance; while at the same time we were able to share in so many ways with people who taught us what faith and joy truly look like. We raised money for this trip for two years and before we left we scheduled our next trip with Mission Guatemala. May God continue to bless the work and people of Mission Guatemala and those they serve.