Sep 18

Independence Day: Guatemala

Jamie Waller, President of the CadaNino Foundation which hires Christina nannies to care for children in ABI, the government home for the severely physically and neurologically disabled, participated in the “running of the torch” a Guatemalan Independence Day tradition. He, along with residents and staff from ABI, made the run from the center by the Guatemalan Airport to Obelisco in Zona 14. It was a fun filled experience which both he and the children truly enjoyed.

Sep 17

Distribution of Story of Jesus comic books in Jutipia

By Russ McDowell

My name is Rev. Russ McDowell. I am an accountant full time in Richmond Virginia. I am also a missionary to Guatemala thru my church, West End Assembly of God. I work with Timothy Martiny in Guatemala City some on my visits to Guatemala. This year I will be in Guatemala for four times totaling 56 days. In May of 2014, I went and worked with Tim in the orphanages in Guatemala City. Then I went to El Progreso in the department of Jutiapa.

While in El Progreso, I hired two young men to translate for me. They are cousins. One attends the church I work from in El Progreso and the other attends another evangelical church in the town. After working my two weeks teaching English in two middle schools and one church run elementary school, I had them prepare and present the comic “The Story of Jesus”, in Spanish from David C Cook publishers. At this point I had given my testimony to most of the classes. And since I had been doing this for seven years, many students knew me well. Each class had 25 to 35 students. All seven of the middle school classes were presented the comic and the sixth and fifth grade in the elementary school were presented too by the two Christian men. (My Spanish is not sufficient to do a great job. I could muddle thru but was best to have them present the material.)

I was able to use teachers in the presentation also. I was surprised that the students wanted to return the comics upon completion but I told them they could have the comics to keep. They were happy. During the second week, the middle school students were presented with a copy of the New Testament, New International Version.

I will be returning to these students next week for two more weeks. There were no conversions on this trip, sadly. There are evangelical churches in the area but very few and they are small churches. Most students were behind in school and were approximately 14 to 16 years old. Even a few student up to 18 years old that heard the gospel. The areas are predominately catholic.

I want to give special thanks to the Phillis Foundation and to Peggy Tuttle for taking the time and energies to prepare these comics.

Thank you and may God bless you and your work for His glory.

 

Sep 16

Rand Paul Mission Trip to Guatemala

Fairfax, Virginia (PRWEB) August 14, 2014rand paul

Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation), the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International. The effort will kick off with an initial, nine-day mission, which includes ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY), from August 14-23, 2014.

“One of the ASCRS Foundation’s primary goals is to help end preventable blindness around the world, as well as here in the United States,” said David F. Chang, MD, chair of the ASCRS Foundation International Committee. “This important mission to Guatemala and the support that Sen. Paul is providing will, hopefully, help us achieve this goal while raising awareness of the profound need for high-quality eye care worldwide.”

Sen. Paul will be one of seven on-site surgeons working to provide pre-/post-operative and refractive eye exams, diagnose vision problems and illnesses and perform cataract and other surgeries. The group plans plan to perform 200 cataract surgeries through the Hospital de Ojos-Club de Leones in Salama, Guatemala. Salama is a remote town of 40,000 residents, located approximately 89 miles northwest of the capital city. It is part of a large region served by only two ophthalmologists. The mission formed after Sen. Paul reached out to the ASCRS Foundation seeking a “strong international outreach program that he could accompany on a medical mission”.

“We are pleased to be joined by Sen. Paul in our efforts to provide humanitarian care in Guatemala,” said Randall J. Olson, M.D., CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. “His participation is bringing attention to the huge problem of global blindness and the work we are doing to eradicate it.”

The ASCRS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, which works to support physician education and to provide humanitarian cataract surgery in the United States and the developing world. Through its programs and partnerships, the foundation works to maximize the benefits of modern ophthalmology and to treat thousands of needy patients, each year.

The John A. Moran Eye Center, part of University of Utah Health Care, is the premiere center for ophthalmology in the Intermountain West and is the largest eye care facility between California and Michigan. With collaborators from around the world, research advancements at the center provide new diagnoses, novel treatments, and creative new procedures designed to cure blinding eye diseases. Moran specialists cover every field of vision care including conditions like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, cornea, and external eye diseases. The Moran Eye Center offers the latest advances in LASIK and refractive surgery as well as a full range of optometry services, including contact lenses and eyeglasses.

The Hope Alliance is a humanitarian organization that empowers impoverished people to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of their families and their communities. The Hope Alliance’s programs are helping thousands of people in developing countries break the devastating cycle of poverty. Since beginning operation in 1999, The Hope Alliance has accomplished many valuable projects. Some projects include remote medical clinics, schools, libraries, clean water wells, and micro credit, all of which have lasting value to the communities served; however, these community development projects have been in the past, secondary to medical outreach.

Alcon develops and manufactures innovative medicines and devices to serve the full life cycle of eye care needs. They offer the broadest spectrum of surgical, pharmaceutical and vision care products to treat many eye diseases and conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinal diseases, dry eye, eye infection and eye inflammation, ocular allergies, refractive errors, and other ocular health issues.

Lions Club International’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

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Aug 31

Feature Orginization, LOVEXPORTS

LOVEXPORTS

WHO WE AREloveexports logo

Lovexports was founded with a desire to change the world via commerce, using an innovative platform with coffee being the star of the show. With Guatemala being the primary source for all of our products, we were originally formed as LAND OF VOLCANOES EXPORTS (Hence the L.O.V. + Exports = Lovexports), as the country has over 30 volcanoes throughout it’s diverse terrain.

WHERE WE´RE GOING

Our current market is within the Unites States, but we are taking steps to expand into other parts of North and South America, with Europe on the horizon! Our goal is to fund non-profits with over $4,000,000 per year in sustainable donations, and at the same time bring over 1,000,000 hardy meals to impoverished children in Guatemala.

HOW WE´RE GETTING THERE

We have recognized the incredible potential that coffee has to revolutionize the world. By partnering local businesses and individuals with non-profits, schools, and charity organizations, what was once just a simple purchase of java beans is now creating a powerful funding mechanism that is producing positive, long term change withinin our communities. This dynamic synergy is something that not only provides the highest quality products, but is also part of a growing trend of just how easy it is to rock the world if everyone does their part!

Contact info:

Christopher Cocran

Phone: (855) 954-8555

Fax: (855) 378-7388

Email: info@lovexports.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LOVExports

Lovexports Inc.
2816 E Robinson St.
Orlando FL 32803 .

Aug 31

Feature Orginization, DAR-La Trinidad Distrito de Alto Rendimiento

DARdar marcah_2

DAR (The District of High Performance) is a dynamic, education based organization in Guatemala which seeks to give opportunity to children and their families that are subject to abstract poverty. DAR’s main objective is to stabilize, develop and transform these young people into the nation’s leaders of tomorrow through comprehensive and intentional care in the areas of Health, Nutrition, Education, Psychology, and Community Development.

It’s certainly no easy task, but one that over time is producing lasting impact and something we can really stay excited about being a part of! We are committed to partnering with DAR by donating a portion of each coffee product sold, which means you are helping too! Read below about our 5 pillar strategy for more details.

HEALTHCARE
What is considered normal medical care for most (vaccines, routine checkups, etc.) is many times a non-existent reality for under-served children. And for that reason they come to DAR riddled with health complications ranging from the common cases of lice and parasites, dental decay and foot disease, to more grave issues requiring surgery and intensive care. Since its inception, DAR has implemented a medicine dispensary, a fully equipped medical clinic, and the constant care and supervision of a certified general practitioner Doctor and Nurse to help provide for their needs.

NUTRITION
DAR learned very early on that hungry children with malnutrition have higher instances of health issues, a lesser learning capacity, and sadly in many cases, permanent brain development shortfalls. But by reaching these children early on at DAR, they are given 2 full meals and 1 snack per day, all in measured portions that are proven to contain the necessary nutritional basics. And coming from a background of living on as little as 1 tortilla per day (if that!), these kids show incredible and rapid improvement. To ensure the success of this transition to a healthier lifestyle, DAR also employs the expertise of professional Nutritionists who monitor their ongoing eating habits, perform constant revision, and develop various strategies to accomplishing the overall well being of the kids.

EDUCATION
Since a lack of education is considered one of the main causes of poverty, all of DAR’s children are given formal education all the way up until they graduate high school – free of charge. And although the results don’t always show overnight, the importance of literacy and intellectual competence is indispensable for their continued development and growth. Additionally, DAR’s kids are given ongoing training in becoming productive citizens and leaders within their community. Today DAR currently has over 150 children enrolled and because of the great need and desire for a better future, there is a long waiting list of potential students, just pending the financial sponsorship to join.

PSYCHOLOGY
The Department of Psychology was established with the main objective to provide therapeutic assistance to all the problems faced by children in their everyday lives, supporting family unity, and meet the emotional needs, to train children up predominantly mental health and emotional intelligence. Restoring mental health increases the opportunities to succeed in life. We believe in individuals with a maximum use of the personal and social skills that impact the environment positively, developing leadership and change for future generations, with proper integration into society.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DAR not only focuses on the child, but also reaches out to the parents and adults within the community. And because many times impoverished people have unused or misused resources, DAR partners with their local communities in teaching them basic farming skills, business concepts, and often even donate important equipment such as efficient stoves, water purification systems, free courses, etc. all toward the goal of making them more productive and self sufficient. Although addressing urgent issues such as hunger is vital, DAR places constant emphasis on developing the long term potential of these wonderful Guatemalan people.

Contact Information:

Guatemala Tele[jpme: (502) 2381-7709 (502) 2381-7777

Address: Avenida Hincapié 18-05 Zona 13, Hangar i-3, Guatemala, Guatemala, 01013

Email: contacto@dar.org.gt

Contactos personales
Lourdes Ralda de Morataya
Directora General
Teléfono: (502) 2381-7709

EDUArdo magermans
Gerente de Mercadeo Social
eduardo.margermans@dar.org.gt
Teléfono: (502) 2381-7709 Cel. (502) 4024-6910

Karina Quintana
Administrador Central
administracioncentral@dar.org.gt

Teléfono. (502) 238/1-7709 Cel.(502) 4007-4626

Marlen debroy
Misiones Internacionales
Teléfono: (502) 2381-7709 Cel. (502) 4001-6571
internationalmissions@dar.org.gt

Sheyla ramirez de aquino
Asistente de Gerencia
asistente@dar.org.gt
Teléfono: (502) 2381-7709

Pedro villavicencio
Comunicación
webl@dar.org.gt
Teléfono. (502) 238
1-7709

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