People living in rural villages in Guatemala are Maya. They struggle against extreme poverty, malnutrition, discrimination and environmental degradation. At the same time, they are being enveloped by the encroaching forces of globalization and technology.
People for Guatemala, Inc., together with our in-country partner, Hombres y Mujeres en Accion, have worked in San Martin, Jilotepeque, since 2009. People with low resources living are benefiting from the installation of water delivery systems, school upgrades, sanitation improvements, vented Chapina stoves, classroom support, and scholarships for junior high and high school students. Our professional medical, dental, and psychology teams treat upwards of 500 patients each month.
Using the “teach a man to fish” concept, we invest our efforts in people first. We teach them how to develop, implement, and monitor their own projects. Each project comes from the villagers themselves based on their expressed needs and priorities. To assure ownership, a small financial contribution is required, as well as a commitment from them to provide labor to complete each project. This fosters pride and assures sustainability.
Our Vision – The transformation of the quality of lives for all people.
Our Mission – Humanitarian organization dedicated to the population of San Martin, Jilotepeque, offering integral health services, education opportunities and community development to create healthy families and productive communities.