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Review for Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala, Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

It has once again been my privilege to participate in the work of the Boca Costa Medical Mission in Guatemala. The effect of this organization in meeting the needs of the indigenous Mayan people of this area is phenomenal. This was my 7th trip and I've seen such improvement in the lives of these people thanks to the work of the staff of Boca Costa Medical Mission. You can clearly and measurably see the better health of the people. The way in which services are provided is a model for great mission work, too! Jim and Dianne Thompson have worked to develop leadership within the local people for this project and the people served have an investment in it as well. They pay a very small price for clinic visits, but it gives them dignity in receiving these services. They carry all the materials for a new, vented, energy-efficient stove to be installed in their homes from the clinic site (no small feat in that terrain), and local members of the staff have been trained as nurses and health promoters. This is an amazing mission project and I'm so delighted to be able to be supportive in any way possible.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala, Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had the privilege of spending time at Boca Costa Medical Mission again in August. The work that they do is amazing and vital to the people of that region. The difference in the health of the people who come to the clinic is obviously improving in the 4 years I've been working with Boca Costa. They are an excellent organization and work to improve all aspects of the health of the people they serve.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala, Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Boca Costa Medical Mission is a remarkably well-run, efficient, and effective organization! I will make my fifth trip there in a couple of weeks and it is always a blessing to me help with their efforts to improve the health and well-being of the Mayan people of their area. The work they do is critical to the people they serve. Boca Costa is the only source of health care for many of the people they serve. In addition to health care, they facilitate the placement of efficient and safe stoves in homes for cooking and help secure funds for the special needs of children with disabilities in the villages. Boca Costa is also amazingly adaptable as the needs of the community changes. They continue to serve more and more people. They are truly a GREAT nonprofit.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala, Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered three times with Boca Costa Medical Mission. My most recent visit in August 2014 was a wonderful experience just like my other visits have been. They are serving the medical and often other needs of so many indigenous Mayan people who have no other source of medical care. Boca Costa has visiting teams such as the one I was a part of at various times throughout the year. With support from these teams, donations, and grants they provide medical care, vision care and glasses, vitamins and worm medications, and hospital care at a local hospital with which they partner and much, much more! I look forward to future trips to help support this wonderful non-profit program!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala, Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Boca Costa Medical Mission is truly a gift from God to the Mayan people of the western highlands. I have had the privilege of working for a week the past two summers in two of the clinics where they provide care and it is such a blessing, both to me as a volunteer and to the people they serve. For the people of this region, if it were not for Boca Costa Medical Mission, they would not have access to medical care. This project provides all the basic medical care that they are able to do and then provide whatever resources they can for care in hospitals when needed.

Boca Costa also has projects to provide formula for the babies whose mothers cannot breastfeed or die in childbirth. We saw one such baby a couple of weeks ago. She was born weighing about 4 lbs., but came into the clinic weighing only slightly more than 2 lbs. Boca Costa will make sure she has formula.

I cannot begin to tell all the good things that they do for the community as well, but one other example...during our recent visit, they worked with a local elementary school and our team to get a roof replaced. Our church provided some of the funds, Boca Costa provided some of the funds, and some of our team members and local men put on the roof. Now these children can go to school in a dry building. I simply cannot say enough good things about this organization!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more funds.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer