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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: Assisting underserved Guatemalan children to advance their education through improved health.

Target demographics: Impoverished children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 7500 people

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: Medical Scholarships Vitamin Vision

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Shared Beat for over a year now and hope to continue doing so. The Board and staff are extremely supportive and kind. The Program that they have built at Safe Passage is incredible

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shared Beat organization lives up to its name, with us sharing our medical background with the children of Guatemala and them sharing their beautiful smiles and mannerisms with us. It has been a great joy for me and a very heartwarming experience on the past 3 trips with this great organization. I look forward to my next trip and the satisfaction of being a fortunate healthcare provider that may impact a child for the rest of their life.

1 Mark143

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a part of the Shard Beat team in Guatemala over the past 5 years. One can not describe in words how gracious and appreciative the Guatemalan people are for receiving some of the most basic health care we take for granted in the U.S. The personal rewards are tremendous and so gratifying that I would encourage anyone or everyone to explore the opportunities offered by Shared Beat in Guatemala. Regardless of age, education, or ability to speak Spanish - Shared Beat finds ways to utilize every volunteers strengths to make it an exceptional experience. My hat (and money) goes to this organization and the students, children, families and communities they serve in Guatemala!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a great pleasure being a part of this organization year after year. This past July was my 10th trip down and I can't wait to go on ten more! I will forever be thankful to Jenny and Wright for their devotion towards "my people". As a Guatemalan native, I know how much the country yearns for medical care, or any care, a that, and thanks to them there is a light of hope for the people .
Aside from being given medicine, people learn about health and hygiene, and some are even given the gift of sight with a simple pair of reading glasses.
Shared Beat has won the hearts of the communities they care for and I am so proud to be a part of it. I

1 Steve117

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered with Shared Beat the last 4 summers in Guatemala. The organization is exceptionally well run, plans well, respects our time and volunteer efforts - challenges us beyond our comfort zone and gives us the opportunity to serve those in need which in turn becomes a blessing to us.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with several medical non profit groups for 15 years. From what I have experienced, the most successful integrate into the community they serve, involve locals in their efforts, encourage and support local talent to higher education so they return and serve their community, and recognize the culture they're their to help without imposing the culture they come from. Sounds like sustainability! Shared Beat certainly knows the meaning of this concept, in their work with Safe Passage (Camino Seguro) in Guatemala. As a volunteer and Board member for 5 years, I've seen first hand how this principle gets applied. Assisting Camino Seguro, we've watched kids from the Guatemala City dump get healthy and stay healthy, get a decent education, go into secondary education, receive nursing scholarships from Shared Beat, and come back to their community. Moms receive health education and are taught to read, and are supported in developing businesses they can call their own. Shared Beat practices a form of volunteerism that serves as a model for how do it effectively, and actually does, in a real wa,y change peoples lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shared Beat is an exemplary non-profit organization. While the biannual medical missions to Guatemala are applaudable, the focus of sustainability is what I was really impressed with. While volunteering, I met two of the scholarship students Shared Beat was putting through school. They were bright and determined pre-med and pre-nursing students whose lives had been changed by Shared Beat's support. In turn, these budding nurses and doctors will change lives in their community. The volunteers were all hard working and dedicated to making an impact on every community we visited. I am looking forward to working with this team again in the future.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Shared Beat for over 7 years. It has been a pleasure to see them grow with support from friends and families. The cause is for Medical Treatment,medical supplies and Education for children in these villages in Guadamala.
The Board members actualy donate their own time and money to travel there for weeks at at time to provide treatment and support, all on their own dime !
I am proud to be a part of this wonderful group of caring people , who selflessly devote countless hours throughout the year planning the Shared Beat Crawfish Boil to help raise monies to support this foundation.
In April of each year, they put together a silent auction, live auction,live music and huge eats and drinks spread that won't disappoint you. All of this is very tasty done and first class.
I hope that Mary and I will also be traveling with them next year and using our hands and hearts to provide healing and support of anything needed from us.
If you ever wanted to be part of something or a true charity, where all money goes to the cause and not administration, CEO's ect. Then this is where you need to do it.
The satisfaction of seeing the results are far beyond expectation !
I am honored to be able to support them and Blessed to have been part of something that has became a part of my life.
Lastly, To all the staff,volunteers,sponcers,supporters, donators , May God Bless your Family and keep them safe and rich in life's journeys to help all of our brothers and sisters near and far.
Sincerely ,
Michael Stratis

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Shared Beat this summer was an amazing experience. The whole week was planned to a T, everyone had schedules with the wheres and whens so everything flowed smoothly. With that stress taken off of us volunteers, we were able to throw our entire concentration and energy into what we were doing. Helping some impoverished communities in Guatemala was extremely rewarding. Seeing an instant and direct impact on those peoples' lives was a very powerful thing. The goal of Shared Beat is sustainability, and has become a consistent source of care for these people. Shared Beat reliably goes down every 6 months to continue the care they provided on previous visits. I am proud to have been a part of this group and will gladly go again.

2 Wright H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve on the Board of Shared Beat and more especially participate actively in its mission of service in Guatemala. Since the inception, prevention of disease and improved nutrition have been supported by its programs. Partnering to provide the medical support for educational non-profits has created real synergism: Safe Passage, People for Guatemala, Vamos Adelante, and Planting Seeds. Shared Beat has successfully seen the graduation of healthcare students thru its scholarship support and has provided funds for the treatment of acute illness among students and their families when the need has arisen. Shared Beat volunteers have provided service for 46,000 plus hours and direct medical care to over 13,000 patient contacts since its inception. It is an incredible organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shared Beat since its inception has had a vision to create sustainability and continuity in its programs. In the past 6 years, by supporting an ongoing educational project adjacent the GUatemala City Dump area with provision of on-site healthcare, vision care, de-worming, and vitamins we move closer to making life a little better. Supporting a full-time school nurse and a part-time physician when we are not physically present and providing health scholarships in that area as well as more rural areas, Shared Beat has been and continues to be an endeavor of hope and changes lives forever. I've personnaly cared for a 5 day old to a 92 year old. I've had the privelege of provided counseling to hundreds of diabetics, hypertensive patients, pregnant mohers, school physicals, and was able to provide the needed medications. At my side worked some of the Guatemalan scholarship recipients who will in the future fill the roles of doctor or nurse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shared Beat is a remarkable non-profit. Founders of the organization saw an unmet need and developed this remarkable program with intelligence and heart. The programs Shared Beat have instituted in the poorest section of Guatemala City have changed lives. The future of hundreds of children is brighter because Shared Beat is attending to their health, building a better foundation for a life of hope and promise.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shared Beat provides medical care and health education to the poorest of the poor in Guatemala with compassion and respect. Working with Shared Beat was witnessing love in action. Every action taken by the group demonstrates a deep committment to better the well-being of the people they serve. Shared Beat is empowering the community. One of the ways they do this is by providing nursing scholarships to women in the community. Once these ladies complete their education they come back home to provide care for their neighbors. I have been extremely impressed with Shared Beat's dedication to their mission and resolve to improve the lives of others. It's an incredible organization!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shared Beat has become a strong and reliable source of medical care to several communities within Guatemala. The vision program, vitamin program, and the medical program have served the community consistently over the past 7 years. Additionally, having the opportunity to provide scholarship funds to the students that study in the medical field gives hope for a permanent change to the entire community. Shared Beat dreams with the people of Guatemala of a future that has hope, health and promise. I am blessed to be a part of an organization with vision of a better future.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shared Beat is providing medical care to the impoverished people of Guatemala. We partner with education reinforcement centers to improve the health of the students through health education, physical exams, medications, vitamins, and vision screening. We are committed to developing means for the community to have increased access to care. Our scholarship program allows the students to pursue study medicine and related health professions. Preventative medicine is also provided to the surrounding community. It is rewarding to return to the same communities twice yearly and watch the overall health improve each time we visit.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have spent 3.5 years collaborating with Shared Beat and their outstanding director Jenny Hartsell as the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for Safe Passage where Shared Beat provides healthcare for over 550 at-risk children, their families and the community around the Guatemala City garbage dump. Shared Beat has been an outstanding partner, providing life-saving expertise and healthcare resources that help Safe Passage excel in education. The Shared Beat medical teams always provide an enormous boost for the clinic and local staff. I highly recommend supporting this outstanding organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shared Beat provides medical, ophthalmology , physical therapy, dental and physical therapy care to the poorest of the poor - the dump families in Guatemala City and the poor families in rural towns surrounding the capital. The providers are all volunteers and heavily committed to the cause in terms of time and effort spent serving these populations.
The hours include long days and planning nights, but the good done is very significant in terms of well care, acute medical care, provision of glasses and dental prophylaxis ... and the gratitude from the patients/recipients is palpable.
It is nice to do good deeds for these under served populations and to feel good about the accomplishments! My volunteer time in Guatemala was most rewarding!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

i started as volunteer on a trip to Guatemala with Shared Beat. I was really impressed with the impact that Shared Beat has on the health of the children at Safe Passage (Camino Segura) because of its vitamin and preventative health program. As a physician, I was amazed that the general health, and especially the dental health, of the children in the program was better than many of the children that I see in the US. Shared Beat also positively impacts their parents through an adult literacy program.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed by Wright and Jenny Hartsell's dedication and leadership in expanding the services available from Shared Beat. The main premise of Shared Beat is to help people become self-sufficient through education and better health care for themselves and others. The leadership by Jenny as Executive Director is resilient and creative. Her passion for humanity is admirable. Wright's involvement as a physician is genuine when it comes to providing excellent healthcare. The Board of Directors of Shared Beat is a diverse group, each individual bringing a unique set of skills to the table. It is my honor to be involved with this group.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

Watching Shared Beat mature as an organization has been gratifying to me. Not only does Shared Beat has highly skilled medical professionals, the leadership has recognized the value of strategic planning sessions, sound financial planning and organizational structure. This will help ensure its continued stability toward serving the medical, health and education needs of people that need a helping hand in and near the city dump of Guatemala.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shared Beat is a wonderful organization to work with. Its leaders are completely dedicated to its cause and work to make sure its goals are carried out effectively. The trips themselves go efficiently and are well planned out so valuable time is never wasted. Patients and volunteers are treated with the utmost respect, and when volunteering, one cannot help but feel that there is hope for a better, more compassionate future.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My expierence as a volunteer with Shared Beat has been truly amazing for many different reasons. The organization is led by a group of people that have the ability to make it easy and comfortable for volunteers to fit in, feel productive and come away knowing a difference was made in a child's life. The programs Shared Beat supports at Safe Passage have paved the way for children to rise up from poverty through education. The daily nutrition and vitamin programs keep the children focused on their schoolwork and able to reach their dreams. You can see in their faces that they know someone cares about their future! That recognition and the beautiful smiles on their faces makes me proud to continue volunteering with Shared Beat. In fact, we are headed back in a couple of weeks!

2 Jinny B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shared Beat is an extraordinary organization characterized by wise, compassionate and dedicated leadership. I have worked as a volunteer pediatrician in a variety of international health settings over the last 20 years and find Shared Beat to provide the most thoughtful and comprehensive approach to health care support and delivery in an underserved setting that I have witnessed. The organization has a deep commitment to providing longitudinal care with community involvement and leadership. To that end, the group raises funds to support a full-time Guatemalan nurse at the school clinic with additional support from a Guatemalan pediatrician. The state-side volunteers arrive several times a year in a supportive role only. Communication regarding clinical needs is maintained between Guatemalan staff and the Shared Beat leadership between the visit intervals. Additionally, Shared Beat provides scholarship funds for those students graduating from the Safe Passage school who are interested in pursuing health care careers. These students, who have grown up in the abject poverty of the Guatemala city dump, are encouraged and supported to pursue their goals of service back to the community. The Shared Beat group achieves amazing continuity of care through a medical record system and work with a comprehensive team of partners. This is an exemplary organization with a long record of high level service and wonderful vision and heart.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization was initiated out love, compassion and dignity. It serves the neediest of needy in Guatamala. It provides a school for pre-school children, school aged children and young adults, reading and writing workshops for the adults. They provide medical well checks twice a year, and on-going intervention as needed. Our volunteer base come fron all walks of live, for the improvement of the health, education, and basic human rights for those that are undeserved in their country. Our commitment to oversee a community of people to enrich their lives, and break the cycle of poverty, malnutrition, inability to have an education, medical care, and the touch of humanity to better the lives of people of such need. To see the light in a child's eye once provided with the means to better hygeine, nutrition, education, medical care and the most sincerest of love and compasion is breath taking. To provide the workshops for reading and writing for our adults is changing a cycle to the betterment of mankind. One great-grandmother who is filled with dignity to read the bibleas opposed tro finding someone to read for her, leaves you speechless. Overall the dedication of volunteers and our most intelligent and resourceful board members keep this project in operation. To give to the most needy of the earth is what humanity is. In return, the gift it gives us, is most precious to our soul. Sonia B.