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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

458 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Previous Stories

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was the 8th team we have taken to serve with Mission Guatemala. I have led teams to several different countries. The staff at Mission Guatemala does such a great job handling the logistics for the team so the team can fully embrace the experience. The housing and meals are outstanding! Those who lead the construction are unbelievable as they patiently train the team members in the work they do, encouraging them all the way. Shannon does such a great job communicating with the team before you come and quickly answers questions. If I could give them more than 5 stars I would! Mission Guatemala offers great experiences for teams of all ages!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is an amazing organization that I had the privilege of working with this summer. I came to Guatemala on a service trip with a group from my college, Baldwin Wallace University, and working with Mission Guatemala was a great experience. They made the trip great by hosting us at the River House and setting up service opportunities as well as opportunities to learn about and experience many cultural aspects of the country. I would not change a single thing about my trip. They also have REALLY cute dogs!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Life changing experience. The people and facilities are MG were perfectly suited to the mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala provided a life-changing experience for our entire group. The week was well-organized and provided continual meaningful interactions with the local Guatemalans. We worked alongside the Mission Guatemala staff and some people from San Andres on an exciting building project for local teachers. I look forward to returning to interact with and serve with the people there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience! Well managed and maintained. Great partnership that serves the needs of the local community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an unforgettable organization that will open one's eyes to how amazing God's creation truly is! From the people that one will meet in and out of Mission Guatemala to the beautiful volcanos and land, one will not regret choosing to stay with Mission Guatemala!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We took a team of 10 people to Guatemala with Mission Guatemala on May 27 - June 4, 2017. We had a fabulous experience that exceeded our expectations. Mission Guatemala has their act together. Not only did they have things setup to take the best care of our team in terms of safe water, heathy and delicious food, wonderful accommodations, but they also have done wonderful things in the community. It is fantastic that they have been able to develop services such as medical, dental and eye clinics, but they have also established social programs in the schools. What impressed us the most was the relationships and connections that Mission Guatemala has with the local people. Many of their employees, including the doctor, our guide and translators, the worksite leader and workers, our cooks, etc. are all local people that are now tightly connected and employed by Mission Guatemala. Additionally, they offer their employees the opportunity to obtain a college education - several of them have completed their degrees and others are in the process of doing so. The country and people of Guatemala are so wonderful - we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Though we did do about 5 days of physical work, our whole team felt we got much more out of the experience that we gave back. We hope and plan to return as soon as possible!