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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 Guatemalan people through health, education and nutrition initiatives and missionary service.

Geographic areas served: San Andrés Semetabaj, Guatemala and surrounding communities

Programs: Medical Clinic – Mission Guatemala operates a medical clinic 5 days a week in the community of San Andrés Semetabaj. Patients pay a small fee for consultation with the doctor and have access to any needed medicines at a greatly-reduced cost. Mission Guatemala works to ensure that no one is denied access to the doctor due to a lack of resources.

Eye Clinic – In 2015, Mission Guatemala was excited to be able to open an optometrist’s office at our clinic space in San Andrés, thanks to the help of Dr. Alisha McAfee, who also served as the clinic's first optometrist. The eye clinic is fully equipped to provide high-quality care including complete eye exams, new eyeglasses, visual health evaluations and a complete selection of eye medications, and all services are provided at a reduced and affordable rate.

Nutrition Programs – According to the World Food Programme, 47 percent of children in Guatemala suffer from chronic malnutrition, which is the highest rate in all of Latin America and the Caribbean and one of the highest rates in the world. Over the years, Mission Guatemala has worked to help combat this through our nutrition programs, which are organized with community collaboration.

• Full-Time Nutrition Centers –Mission Guatemala operates two school nutrition centers in the San Andrés Semetabaj area, one providing a hearty mid-morning snack and the other a nutritious lunch each school day. Mission Guatemala provides the ingredients for the meal as well as a staff cook to supervise the members of the community that participate in each day's meal preparation. For the past 6 years, the daily lunch program has been located in the community of Nueva Esperanza, but beginning in July 2017, will be moving to the community of Choquec. This daily meal is supported by Mission Guatemala's child sponsorship program. Mission Guatemala's daily snack program is located in the Escuela Kikoten elementary school in San Andrés Semetebaj, where the school's 120 students each receive a hearty, nutritious snack each morning.

• "Como Saludable" Wednesday Lunch Program – Through our “Como Saludable” (Eat Healthy) program, 781 students in 7 rural public elementary schools receive a hearty and nutritious meal once a week, with Mission Guatemala providing the ingredients and supervision, and the parents and teachers from the community cooking and serving the meals.

• "Niños Chispudos" Early Childhood Nutrition Program – While our full-time nutrition centers and Wednesday lunch programs help school-aged children, they do not address malnutrition in children who are not yet old enough to attend school. During a child’s critical early years of development, the effects of malnutrition can be especially devastating, leading to stunting, anemia, and chronic infections and sickness.

For this reason, Mission Guatemala coordinates the "Niños Chispudos" (Kids With Spark) Early Childhood Nutrition Program which utilizes the Chispuditos® food product. Chispuditos® is a soy/corn based atol, or porridge, developed by The Mathile Institute in order to provide a daily nutritional supplement for children in Guatemala. Our "Niños Chispudos" program is open to all mothers with children aged 6 months to 6 years old, and provides Chispuditos® as well as free medical care for their children at Mission Guatemala's medical clinics. In addition, any young children suffering from malnutrition who are treated in our clinic are referred by the doctor to the "Niños Chispudos" program.

Community Stories

515 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Hawkeye853

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our team of ten from Newburgh United Methodist Church just completed a week of love, labor and community with Mission Guatemala. This was my fifth trip to Mission Guatemala and each new visit enriches the experience. We have developed lasting relationships with the staff and work crews that supervise the projects we do. The people of Guatemala that we serve have a trust and respect for Mission Guatemala that is apparent. The people are engaged and involved with the staff and the volunteers who work with them. The projects are their projects, not just something that someone else thinks they need! I would highly recommend this experience for teams of any age or skill level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just spent 8 days with Mission Guatemala working on restrooms for the school in Caliaj Tecpan. This was my fourth trip with MG and I will keep coming as long as I am able. The staff of MG have become family to me. The joy of the children, the hard working, friendly Mayan workers, the accommodations, the healthy, delicious meals, and the fellowship are impossible to adequately describe. My experiences have changed my life and renewed my spirit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are looking to participate in a mission that is 5 star, please consider Mission Guatemala. Very well organized from start to finish. Really enjoyed being immersed in their culture.
Blessings to all,
Deb Busing

Keith G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dave and his team exceeded our expectations in every way. It was a great week spent with wonderful people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was our 1st time working with Mission Guatemala and I cannot say enough positive things about them! The staff is incredible. They made us feel welcome and really spent time getting to know us, and vice versa, during the meals we shared together. Communication from staff to our team was excellent. The River House is beautiful and peaceful. There is plenty of space for group devotional time or if you need to slip away to spend time alone and re-center, you can find a quiet nook somewhere. Also, there is HOT water, which (from previous experience) is hard to find. This year marked my 3rd year of mission trips to Guatemala and this year's trip was my favorite. I came back inspired, strengthened in my faith and renewed in my spirit. The only downside is having to wait a whole year before I can return.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very intentional group! Living by the motto "Do all you can" while doing no harm.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our week with Mission Guatemala was one of the best mission experience I've had in almost 25 years of leading teams! The staff was organized, welcoming, gracious, and patient. Mission Guatemala is intentional and thoughtful in their work, seeking to 'do no harm' while 'doing good' and loving God and the neighbor. Accommodations were comfortable and the food was delicious. I loved the spirit of the people and organization--would definitely recommend and hope to bring a team again!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great people, great trip, and very nice place to stay and work. My only complaint is that I do not feel like we worked as much as I wanted too. We did learn a lot about the culture and such which is wonderful, but I came to work and do not feel that we did as much work as I hoped to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have just returned from a week long work camp organized by Mission Guatemala. We received helpful guidance all through the planning process, and were well cared for all through the course of the week. The leadership is top-notch and the foremen at the work site are skilled and patient, allowing each of our 18 participants, from youth through senior adults, to feel useful . We worked hard, yet had time to explore the land and learn more about the culture. This is my 3rd time going to Mission Guatemala and I look forward to leading a team again next year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mission Guatemala staff was amazing... always there to help my team’s needs and there to encourage us in various areas throughout the week. I felt like I was there for a purpose and really enjoyed/helped make progress with the construction project even though I was inexperienced in that area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala was a great experience for our Daughter in June of 2016 and for me as well in Oct. 2017.
Mission Guatemala impressed me in how they take care of the Mayan people on so many levels!
I will be going back for several more years.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Mission Guatemala is always striving to do the best they can. I pray and hope God continues to use this organization to help people in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This trip was my first! Guatemala is a beautiful country and the people are amazing.
I am pleased with the staff and the care that they gave us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a wonderful time, great accomidations, good food, was a wonderful place to use my god given talents to help those in a remote area of the world, most often forgotten by us.
The river house is a beautiful place, I photographed over 60 native plants and their flowers for my 88 year old mother to see, as well as my own enjoyment. The local people and those with whom I worked with were warm, friendly, and appreciative of our team. We made many friends in the week spent at Mission Guatemala. Mr. David Pugh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience, with a wonderful group of caring individuals. Mission Guatemala is providing necessary medical treatments, nutritional lunch programs for kids and aiding the communities in many other ways.

Jennifer E.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned form a Mission Guatemala work project (pouring concrete columns for a regional teachers' building) and our group of 12 wholeheartedly feels that the projects Mission Guatemala works on are chosen in a way that shares the most good as decided by the community leaders. All of their programs -- nutrition, scholarships and construction -- are constantly reviewed to make sure they are effective, needed and supported locally. Well done good and faithful servants!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala was an extremely organized nonprofit that took the time to teach our team about the culture of Guatemala. Members of the Mission Guatemala team went out of their way to welcome our team and make us feel like one big family. This nonprofit went above and beyond and I cannot wait to return to Casa del Rio.

Brooke Kaiser C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everything was great!! The entire staff are truly amazing people. All are so helpful , friendly and easy going. They made getting around the area easy because they were such a huge help with any questions or concerns our group had. Someone was always around and available. The accommodations were great and I felt very safe :)

1 Megan H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing experience and a fantastic staff! Very knowledgeable and accommodating. I will definitely be coming back to do more mission work with this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were able to serve people and see immediate results. Construction and wood stove installations were very rewarding. Food was excellent, and the country and people are beautiful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are doing the Lord's work in Guatemala working with the Mayan people and bring in mission teams to help and share in this experience and show Christ's love in them by meeting them at their point of need. This last mission with Elberton First Methodist United Methodist of Elberton, Ga USA, was my second mission to Guatemala. While the new has worn off and there have been staff changes, there is nothing to keep me from going back again and I will hold Mission Guatemala and the Mayan people there close to my heart and endeavor to support the best I can. God's will be done!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excelleñt , holistiç, woñderful staff, organization, mission. Praise Jesus.