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People for Guatemala Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To promote human advancement by engaging the poor in rural Guatemala through health, education and community development to effect long term change in families and their communities.

Results: Over 400 patients are treated each month in our medical clinics. Forty-five young adults are receiving scholarships to attend junior high, high school, and college . 3,200 families have received a Chapina stoves and we have constructed 27 village water projects providing running water at over 17,000 people.

Target demographics: improve health and education of the Maya living in remote villages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25 communities, over 5,000 people

Geographic areas served: San Martin, Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango Guatemala

Programs: Teachers Helping Teachers Houses for Living, Skills for Life Healthy Homes - clean drinking water, Chapina stove, composting latriine Scholarships for junior high and high school students Health Care clinics Building water projects and schools

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was referred to Lois by the Executive Director of my organization because I am trying to build an effective community health program. Not only are Lois, Ken and Amilcar exceedingly kind and generous but the work they do is an invaluable example of how development and aid by non-profits must be undertaken in developing-world countries. In the day that I spent with them, observing, I watched as they guided and empowered multiple communities to think critically and cohesively about mobilizing various projects that would provide the community access to basic necessities. I was shocked to learn that there are entire communities of people without any access to water. I cried when board members of one community entered to personally thank Lois and Amilcar for their aid in their community water project. Each man's voice shook with emotion as they expressed their initial doubts in Amilcar, their satisfaction with the completed project and their gratitude for their support. People for Guatemala not only delivers justice to people by supplying basic necessities but also creates stronger communities. I was amazed and moved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very special charity! The leadership has focused on the needs of one community in Guatemala, working with citizens there to bring better education, clean water, health care, and many other contributions to living a productive life. The model of participation and commitment from members of the community is the glue that makes this one of the best non-profits in Guatemala.