People for Guatemala exceeded my expectations! The organization I volunteer with partners with PFG during the summer. I have never come in contact with a local organization as sustainable and well organized as People for Guatemala. The founders and staff are incredibly tuned in to the needs of the local communities in the San Martin area. I cannot sing enough praises to this organization for making our experience genuine, special, and extraordinary.
I participated in a 2 week service project in Guatemala and People for Guatemala was so prepared and they were not afraid to get down and dirty to help the people of their country alongside everyone in my team.
Working with the People for Guatemala was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. The two weeks that I spent in the community of Pacoxpon were definitely not wasted and we have this organization to thank for that. They made a point to make sure that my group and I were comfortable, and understanding of everything that was going on. They are extremely organized, kind, and I loved working with them! They really went out of their way to ensure our happiness while we were serving. Things like getting us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch (something we were all craving), working along side us, and throwing us a very nice and beautiful goodbye dinner on our last night.
This organization and everyone is involved is AMAZING. When I went on a service trip to Guatemala, they were the whole reason it was able to happen. They coordinated everything in country, got translators, worked with the village, and made it all possible for us. They work so hard to change the lives of the Guatemalan people and it's beautiful.
I did a humanitarian trip this past summer with Youthlinc. People for Guatemala were amazing in helping us to know what the village of Pacoxpom really needed and helped us schedule and plan so that we could make things happen. We could not have completed as much work as we did without them communcating and helping us plan while we were in the US. They are an amazing organization doing amazing things in Guatemala!
I am a member of the Rotary Club of Antigua Guatemala. For more than a hundred years the community of El Molino, San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango didn't have running water, they had to walk far to collect water and carry it to bring it home. This rural area does not have drainages. People for Guatemala, in coordination and collaboration with the local Municipality, the villagers, the Rotary Foundation, The Rotary Clubs of Vashon Island, Lake Union Neighborhood (Seattle), Fremont (Seattle), Mill Creek, Renton, West Seattle, Antigua Guatemala and Rotary District 5030, 84 families were benefited to have water at home. Also 130 composting latrines were built. People for Guatemala sent their nurses to provide training to the villagers about sanitation. The staff in Guatemala is professional, knowledgeable and compassionate about helping the communities. After several months the health of this village has changed. I can say People for Guatemala is a reliable organization to work with.
The villages People for Guatemala serve are far from the town of San Martin Jilotepeque. In some of these villages there is no water distribution services. When water projects are done in these communities everything changes: the health improves when they have clean water, the high percentage of intestinal diseases is reduced, specially in children; even general sanitation training is provided to the villagers, they can have a shower every day, wash their clothes, have clean fruits and vegetables. And these are things that normal people have to do every day, close your eyes and imagine a day at your home with no water...... they really change their lives forever!
This organization deserves your support...
I have been privileged to work with Ken and Lois Werner, the Founders of People for Guatemala during the past four years. I have witnessed first-hand the incredible dedication and the work that they do for the indigenous Mayan people of Guatemala, especially in the Department of Chimaltenango in the outlying villages of San Martin Jilotepeque. As a citizen of the United States, and fluent in both English and Spanish, I have had the opportunity to visit with many people living in these villages about the wonderful work that People for Guatemala has been doing for their communities in health care, education, water projects, vented stoves and composting latrines, just to name a few of their projects. I support the work of People for Guatemala 100%. The projects that they undertake are ones that are "life changing" for the people. With the vented stoves, the people no longer have to worry about breathing toxic smoke from the open fires in their homes, or getting burned. They don't have to carry water retrieved from distant sources; many children are becoming educated in schools with well-trained teachers; health care is provided at a central clinic, as well as mobile clinics that go out to each village once a month. It is an amazing organization, with integrity and a sincere desire to better the lives of the people they serve in Guatemala.
I worked with this nonprofit the last time I was in Guatemala to help in building stoves. They were more than accommodating with our schedule and needs during our visit. They were so welcoming and interested in teaching use about the culture in the area. I had not worked with a nonprofit before so it was important to me to learn as much as I could. Lois, Ken, and Amilcar were wonderful to work with!
I have been involved with People for Guatemala since its inception and am truly amazed at what has been accomplished in that time---water projects, stoves, medical and dental clinics, educations projects and much more. In every project the recipients are expected to be involved in the planning and implementation of the project and to give back in some way.
My involvment has been in the area of education. I have developed a kindergarten teacher training program and reading and math curriculum. Currently 40 teachers have/are being trained. Kindergarten students in rural villages are being taught to read and perform higher level math skills. The teachers are thrilled to have materials and to be able to teach kindergarten children more than just social and fine motor skills.
People for Guatemala is an outstanding organization which I highly recommend to anyone who wishes to contribute or be involved in some way. You can be certain that whatever is contributed will go directly to its designated project.
This non-profit organization is relatively new, but their accomplishments have far surpassed anyone's expectations. They are not a hand out organization. Their approach is to help communities organize and participate in projects that improve their own lives. As a result the people they are helping are not only acquiring new skills but experience a sense of accomplishment and self confidence that is invaluable. For example, if the community decides their number one priority is a water well, they are involved in the project from the beginning and provide much of the manual labor required as well as contributing financially, even if its just a small percentage of the total package. What's especially outstanding about this organization is that 100% of all donations go directly to the people of Guatemala.
I was blessed to go with Lois and Ken (People for Guatemala INC) and some of their staff to several of the villages they serve. Their compassion, understanding, care, expertise and knowledge, love, dedication, and great resourcefulness have aided many. They work under the principal of letting the people help themselves, by providing them the tools and knowledge. I saw the village people deeply respected and loved and genuinely cared for by all the staff. I was able to see them helping "in action", and will forever be blessed by that experience. Thank you, People for Guatemala INC for all you do for those that so need your help! You make the world a better place!