In February 2019, we broke ground on a soccer and basketball court at an all-girls boarding school located in San Andrés Semetebaj. Many teams worked on the combination soccer/basketball court over the next year, and the project was nearing completion last Spring, right as COVID-19 brought everything to a halt. During this past month, however, we have begun to make new strides in completing this project!
Continuing with the expansion of our “Niños Chispudos” program, we are excited to share photos from our second community clinic visit! In the community of Tocache, our clinic medical staff, alongside Mission Guatemala’s community development and social work staff, saw 29 children over two days!
We're excited to announce that Mission Guatemala has once again been awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, an organization that assesses and reports on the efficacy and transparency of U.S.-based nonprofit organizations!
In order to be able to provide medical care for the children in the "Niños Chispudos" program without the families needing to all travel to Mission Guatemala’s clinic, over the past months we worked together with our clinic and laboratory staff to develop a plan for organizing on-site “community clinics”, in order to amplify and expand the impact of our “Niños Chispudos” program in the 6 communities where it operates.
In the spring of 2015, Mission Guatemala began a partnership with INEBSAS, the public middle school in San Andrés Semetabaj, to provide computer training to the school's approximately 100 students. After five years of providing computer classes during each school year, in March of 2020 we were forced to suspend our computer classes, as all in-person classes were stopped due to the pandemic.
As we celebrate Earth Day and ask ourselves how we can "restore our earth", we look towards the example set by our Indigenous brothers and sisters here in Guatemala.
Today, we share with you a COVID-19 update from our clinic doctor, Dra. Lidia Balán. We are grateful to our medical and clinic support staff, who, over a year since the start of the pandemic, continue to serve patients during this unprecedented time.
Hoy les compartimos una actualización del avance del COVID-19 en Guatemala, por la doctora de nuestra clínica, Dra. Lidia Balán. Estamos agradecidos con nuestro equipo médico y equipo de apoyo, quienes, por más de una año desde que inició la pandemia, han continuado sirviendo y atendiendo a los pacientes durante este tiempo inusual.
Last month, we gathered our full staff together outdoors at the River House—with our 3 stateside staff members present via Zoom—to have lunch, share a devotional and to provide the staff with new information as well as general updates. This was actually only the second time our entire staff has been together since the pandemic began!
Our Mission Guatemala T-shirts are now available for order online!
On this International Women's Day, we celebrate each of the women who help lead Mission Guatemala, and who we are honored to serve alongside.
We are excited to introduce the 20 high school students in this year’s "Becas Con Misión" (Scholarships with a Mission) program!
Meet the 72 middle school students that are a part of this year’s "Becas Con Misión" (Scholarships with a Mission) program!
We are excited to announce that we have been awarded the "2021 Top-Rated" Award from GreatNonprofits!
The start of a new school year is exciting for students! And, to help the students in the “Becas Con Misión” (Scholarships with a Mission) program begin the new year well, we are excited to provide school supplies as part of these students' scholarships!
January brings the start of a new school year in Guatemala, and for Mission Guatemala, that means a new opportunity to help students continue their education at the middle and high school level through our “Becas Con Misión” (Scholarships with a Mission) program! This year, we welcome 23 new students to the scholarship program, for a total of 72 middle schoolers and 20 high schoolers from 15 different communities!
This year, we were able to share “Canastas Navideñas" (Christmas Baskets) with 217 families in Pacamaché, a community in the Boca Costa region of Sololá, and a four hour drive from San Andrés!
Packing Community Christmas Boxes!
Mission Guatemala got a first hand look at a scholarship students internship project.
Over the past week, our staff has once again delivered food boxes to families who are part of our “Niños Chispudos” (Kids With A Spark) early childhood nutrition program and our “Becas Con Misión” (Scholarships with a Mission) scholarship program!
Over the past few months, our staff have continued to produce and distribute a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the department of Sololá!
We have enjoyed celebrating 10 years of "doing all the good we can together" over the past few months, and we have one last area to share! The final core area of Mission Guatemala's work that we want to highlight is our Community Outreach with Volunteer Mission Teams.
We continue our 10th Anniversary celebration by sharing highlights from our support of educational programs, another of the core areas of Mission Guatemala!
Today we celebrate the miracle that Mission Guatemala is, thanks to the support and generosity and tireless work of each and every one of you who have been a part of our family and who have helped to write Mission Guatemala's story over these past ten years!
At the beginning of September, for the first time since the pandemic began, we gathered our staff together in one place at our clinic property in San Andrés Semetabaj.
Join us as we welcome Dr. Bob Sekijima, one of the newest members of Mission Guatemala's Board of Directors!
As our 10th Anniversary celebration continues this month, we highlight Mission Guatemala's nutrition programs, which is another of our core program areas!
Tricia served with us on the Mission Guatemala’s staff team in 2013-2014, helping to coordinate volunteer groups who served with us in-country. She joined our board earlier this year.
The Mission Guatemala Board of Directors is an integral part of the leadership of Mission Guatemala. Today we welcome Ken Hundley, our board president, to the "From the Boardroom" series!
When Mission Guatemala first began, our primary focus was on setting up a small medical clinic and pharmacy, where we could provide quality, respectful and loving medical care to improve the health of our brothers and sisters in San Andrés Semetebaj and beyond.
Fran Black, the secretary of Mission Guatemala's Board of Directors, kicks off our “From the Boardroom” series! She has been a part of Mission Guatemala's board since its inception, selflessly serving as secretary for much of that time.
Join us each Tuesday during September for our "From The Boardroom" video series!
On September 9th and 16th, Tom and Dave will be hosting ZOOM conversations where you can add your questions, comments, thoughts and stories, as we continue to celebrate all that has happened over the past decade!
Much like in the United States, COVID-19 has turned the education world upside down here in Guatemala. In mid-March, schools were closed and in-person schooling suspended by government directive, forcing students and teachers to find alternative ways for schooling to continue, in order to keep the entire school year from being lost.
This week, we began distributing our new waterproof PPE items to medical professionals in the Guatemalan public health system, beginning with the CAP (Permanent Government Clinic) here in Panajachel!
Here in Guatemala, we are continuing in the fight against COVID-19, with cases on the rise and with the government unable to control the virus in the hospitals, much less in the Permanent Government Clinics (CAP) of each municipality. There are now confirmed cases in all parts of the country, and the population has begun to enter a crisis of despair, of no longer knowing what to do, of whether they should continue with the protective measures implemented by the government or just let whatever happens happen.
A limited amount of these awesome t-shirts are still available!
We're excited to continue sharing more pictures and stories from our staff members, each of whom has adapted to the changes required by this unprecedented time, and who are contributing in so many meaningful ways to Mission Guatemala's goal to continue to "do all the good we can!"
This week, we're sharing a story from Daniel Ben, Mission Guatemala's Team Coordinator.
After having sewn more than 1,500 face masks over the past three months, our staff has now begun creating new pieces of personal protective equipment for medical professionals across Guatemala! In this picture, our staff member Denis tries on one of our new water-proof scrub tops—and we're making scrub pants, too!
This week, we're sharing a story from Devora Cumes, Mission Guatemala's “Becas con Misión” Scholarship Program Coordinator.
Last week, we delivered boxes of food supplies to families across many of the communities where we serve! We focused especially on families who are part of our "Niños Chispudos" (Kids With A Spark) early childhood nutrition program and our "Becas Con Misión" (Scholarships with a Mission) scholarship program.
Over the past week, we delivered boxes of food supplies to families across many of the communities where we serve! We focused especially on families who are part of our "Niños Chispudos" (Kids With A Spark) early childhood nutrition program and our "Becas Con Misión" (Scholarships with a Mission) scholarship program.
To help meet this need, members of our staff worked this week to pack over 200 boxes of food supplies, in addition to cleaning and hygiene articles. These supplies will be shared with families across the area where we work, focusing especially on those who are part of our "Niños Chispudos" nutrition program and our "Becas Con Misión" scholarship program.
This week, we're sharing a story from Elías Garcia, Mission Guatemala's Construction Projects Supervisor. In these photos, Elias, who normally is seen working alongside our volunteer teams on construction sites in the communities, works to iron and sew the masks that Mission Guatemala is providing to healthcare workers.
In addition to providing these essential items of PPE to government medical clinics, we have also had the opportunity to distribute face shields and masks to the volunteer fire departments...
For several weeks now, the Mission Guatemala team has been producing PPE for healthcare workers, including these face shields. This aspect of personal protective equipment is vital, as it provides an extra layer of protection for those working within the healthcare field, and in addition, protects the people those healthcare workers serve.
Over the next several weeks, we'll be sharing pictures and stories from our staff members, each of whom has adapted to the changes required by this unprecedented time, and who are contributing in so many meaningful ways to Mission Guatemala's goal of "doing all the good we can!"
COVID-19 UPDATE: Last night, the president of Guatemala announced the complete closure of the country, effective immediately and lasting through Monday, May 18, at 5:00 a.m. As reason for these drastic measures, the president cited the day's record high of 176 positive tests for COVID-19 within the country, which represented a 194% increase over last week's totals.