For more than 15 years, The Shalom Foundation has been committed to serving children in Guatemala. In addition to long-standing efforts in creating educational opportunities, securing housing, and improving nutrion, in 2011, TSF built and opened a pediatric surgical hospital (The Moore Pediatic Surgey Center) in Zone 1, Guatemala City. In 2012, 500 children received life-changing specialty surgery from surgical teams out of many of America's leading children's hospitals. Each surgery was performed free of charge by dedicated teams of medical missions volunteers.
By 2014, the hospital will be functioning at full capacity hosting 36 surgery teams each year. 1,500 children will receive care each year and, then be able to lead lives with less pain, less social stigma, and more joy.
I started volunteering with TSF with no intention to get deeply involved. Now, three years later, I find myself more amazed by the work that can be accomplished through careful stewardship of gifts of talent, time, goodwill, money, and prayer. TSF accomplished a hard task: it passed my cynical, questioning-of-motives informed test for believing in the "pitch" made by non-profits. The TSF team is a dedicated group of humble, but amazingly talented, professionals who believe that by affecting the lives of "the least of these," they are repaying the many blessings that have been bestowed on them in their lives.
The Shalom Foundation is a trustworthy steward of the gifts it receives.
Eric H. Hobson, Ph.D.