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.
Mission Guatemala does an awesome job of managing work teams. They line up meaningful work to be done. They pay attention to the details of accomodations. And most importantly they are intentional about giving team members opportunities to meet Guatemalans and learn about their culture and conditions. I have been on many mission trips over the last 20 years, several outside the US, and this trip was definitely the best.