Follow the journey of the Medical Mission and Impact Mission teams as it unfolds in Guatemala. Below you will find stories each day from participants sharing their experiences, and updates to our photo gallery highlighting the critical work being done to change lives.
Stories from Guatemala
This is my first day in Guatemala and I’m already moved. Even after more than 10 hours of travel, lack of sleep and some aching muscles I still found it hard to hide my smile as we drove to assess the work at the Hogar Shalom Orphanage and School. Why? Because good deeds started the moment I woke up. My Foundation jacket says “It seems impossible until it’s possible,” but little did I know that would be my experience on day one.
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Our volunteers have traveled to Ethiopia, India and Peru changing lives. Follow their journey during the current Mission in Guatemala as it unfolds.
When we arrived I was a little nervous about not knowing anyone who had signed up to be a part of the Medical Mission. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from day one everyone I met on the team was a beautiful soul. Once in Guatemala we went directly to the hospital to unpack our supplies, and to my surprise our work to provide medical care for those most in need got started right away! Three people were already waiting and ready for us to provide surgical care under local anesthesia.
Nothing could have prepared me for my experience today. I worked in a triage center alongside Dr. Nazarian, a highly respected ENT specialist examining people in need from the surrounding villages of Guatemala. Today was all about determining if we could help each person who came to the hospital, and seeing if they are a candidate for surgery. It was emotional to know this was the only chance many would have to be helped.
Today was our first full day of work at the Hogar Shalom Orphanage and School. Our first project is to paint the interior walls of a playground reserved just for the boys ages 8 to 11 who live onsite. Our goal is to make the space feel joyful, and full of love. We all are having so much fun working together and I was moved at how personal it was for everyone to make this playground a fun and uplifting place to hang out and just play.
After two years of being postponed, the Medical Mission to Guatemala is finally underway! Since 2020 our vision of providing medical care to the impoverished families living in the tribal areas surrounding Guatemala City, has been met with extreme challenges due to Covid-19, but our incredible community of volunteers and supporters do not give up!