On September 4, we made the first payment toward the purchase of our clinic space!
As we celebrate the 9th Anniversary of Mission Guatemala, we are overcome with thanksgiving for all that has been!
Earlier this year, we spent a week with an outstanding youth team from Zionsville United Methodist Church in Zionsville, Indiana!
Earlier this year, we shared an awesome week with two outstanding teams from Indiana! The groups hailed from Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, Indiana, and Park Memorial United Methodist Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
León is a ninth-grade student from the rural community of Caliaj Tecpan, and one of the 74 students in our "Becas con Misión" middle and high school scholarship program.
We are glad to have had the chance to spend a week earlier this year with our friends from First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Indiana!
Thanks to the generosity of our amazing supporters, so far this year we've served close to 19,000 healthy meals at the Escuela Kikoten in San Andrés Semetabaj!
We are thankful to have shared a week earlier this year with incredible mission teams from First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, and Brazil First United Methodist Church in Brazil, Indiana.
Brenda is a ninth-grade student from the rural community of Caliaj Tecpan, and one of the 74 students in our "Becas con Misión" middle and high school scholarship program. She lives with her family in a small home not far from the school she attends, "Instituto Mixto de Educación Básica por Cooperativa Iximche."
In June alone, we saw 368 patients in our clinic from 52 different communities across 5 separate states, or "departamentos." Of these patients, 163 received tests in our clinic laboratory as part of their treatment.
We are excited to announce that we have been awarded the "2019 Top-Rated" Award from GreatNonprofits, which is given to nonprofits that are highly rated by people who experience their work first hand!
Earlier this year, we were joined by a team of students and professors from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee!
Luis is a ninth-grader from the community of Tocaché, and one of the 74 students in our "Becas con Misión" middle and high school scholarship program.
This team was the first to work on our soccer and basketball court project at the Instituto Indigena “Nuestra Señora del Socorro” (the Indigenous Institute "Our Lady of Help"), an all-girls boarding school in San Andrés Semetebaj.
Last month, the 74 middle and high school students enrolled in our "Becas Con Misión" (Scholarships With Mission) program had the chance to expand their knowledge outside the classroom with a jam-making activity!
Today we honor the strong and phenomenal women in our lives who have carried us through our hardest and darkest days, and who have celebrated with us on our brightest and best.
Each Friday night during Lent, at the local Catholic Church, la Iglesia San Francisco de Asís, parishioners gather to carry a life-size statue of Jesus on an "anda," or float, to each Station of the Cross.
Transparency is incredibly important to all of us at Mission Guatemala, and we know that it's also important to you, our amazing supporters.
With the conclusion of our largest building project ever last month, the "Casa del Maestro," we're now excited to share about the two new construction projects that we have begun work on!
Today we’re sharing a final collection of photos from the last teams to work on our “Casa Del Maestro” (House of the Teacher) building project in San Andrés Semetabaj!
This is the first of two photo albums documenting the work of the final construction teams that worked on our recently-completed project in San Andrés Semetabaj, the “Casa Del Maestro,” or House of the Teacher!
On March 15, we celebrated the grand opening of our largest construction project to date, the "Casa Del Maestro" (House of the Teacher) in San Andrés Semetabaj!
Panimache Quinto Bajo is a small, remote village located on the border of the departments of Quiché and Sololá, and the latest community enrolled in our "Niños Chispudos" (Kids With Spark) Early Childhood Nutrition Program!
From the beginning of Mission Guatemala's Child Sponsorship program in 2011, individual and church sponsors have helped to provide many thousands of nutritious lunches to elementary school children here in San Andrés Semetabaj.
This past fall, thanks to the computer lab, we were excited to celebrate the fourth class of 9th graders to graduate from the public middle school, receiving a certificate from our computer lab to accompany their diploma of graduation.
Diabetes is, by far, the most common ailment encountered in patients at Mission Guatemala's medical clinic in San Andrés. And in order to help combat this disease, over three years ago Dr. Lidia Balán, Mission Guatemala's staff physician, formed the "Club de Diabeticos".
Today, our full-time snack program at Escuela Kikoten in San Andrés Semetabaj begins its third year, and the students and faculty marked the day with a special celebration!
Earlier this month, our scholarship students and their families stopped by Mission Guatemala's offices in San Andrés to pick up their school supplies for the upcoming year.
We still have several weeks open for teams this spring and early summer!
We're looking for candidates for our Summer 2019 Internship!
A new school year is beginning here in Guatemala, and this week we were excited to spend a morning with our latest class of "Becas Con Mision" scholarship students and their parents!
In early November, Jose Luis and Karlita Rosario, who have both been in Mission Guatemala's scholarship program since they began middle school, received their high school diplomas at their school's graduation ceremonies!
Christmas is almost here! And for the 8th year in a row, that has meant that it’s time for our community Christmas parties. This year, thanks to you, we had the chance to share Christmas joy with children in three rural communities!
Christmas Baskets for Las Trampas and Panimache Quinto Bajo!
We are excited to announce that Leigh Randall has joined Mission Guatemala's staff as our Director of Development!
The big day is just around the corner, and the Mission Guatemala team is hard at work preparing 168 Christmas baskets for families in the rural communities of Las Trampas and Panimache Quinto Bajo!
Mission Guatemala staff have spent the past several days preparing for our annual community Christmas parties!
Two amazing donors have put up $25,000 to match donations of up to $1000 made to Mission Guatemala throughout the ENTIRE MONTH of December!
Late this summer, we shared a week filled with hard work, learning, and a ton of laughter with our amigos from Advent United Methodist Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and LifeJourney Church from Indianapolis, Indiana!
Thanks to a generous donation, we were recently able to provide the teachers of the Kikoten school with a set of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and an interactive computer program to aid students of the school in their research and learning!
Eight years ago, for the people in and around San Andrés Semetebaj, access to affordable, high-quality healthcare simply did not exist.
It's Throwback Thursday: Education Edition!
The United Nations Development Programme recently released their latest annual Human Development Index report, in which a vast array of statistics from various countries are compiled to create a comprehensive overview of the development of countries from around the world. Of the 189 countries included in the report, Guatemala now ranks in the bottom third at 127th, having fallen two places since the last report.
As we celebrate our anniversary, and look back over the years, we want to share these pictures of the first meals being served in the community of Nueva Esperanza in May 2011.
Earlier this summer, we had the chance to share a week with two more amazing volunteer teams! One group was sent by Madisonville First United Methodist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky, our long-time friend and partner, and the other was a first-time group from Auburn First United Methodist Church in Auburn, Indiana!
This past June, we spent a week with two amazing teams from the Hoosier State; one from Zionsville United Methodist Church, in Zionsville, Indiana; and the other from LaPorte First United Methodist Church in Laporte, Indiana!
We spent a wonderful summer week with our long-time friends from Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, and our new (who dat?) amigos from Jefferson United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, La!
Earlier this summer, we shared a week with two more amazing teams from Indiana, Christ United Methodist Church-Indianapolis and Methodist Temple UMC in Evansville!
Mission Guatemala's "Becas Con Misión" scholarship program students recently spent a day at the River House for a workshop entitled "Féria Informativa."