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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

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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.


Rating: 5

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.

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Rating: 5

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.