Poverty in Guatemala is widespread. About 75% of the population lives below the poverty line which is defined by the ability to purchase a basket of necessities. Over 40% of the population has no access to any health care services. Many patients do not wish to seek care from public health providers due to cost, mistrust of the provider and poor quality of services.
Thirteen years ago along with outside funding for the first 5 years, Dr. Juan Pablo began a clinic to serve the impoverish community of Nebaj Guatemala. Over the last 8 years, the clinic has been fully sustainable providing access to quality healthcare to many people in this remote region. The clinic now has a staff of 27 with another 7 individuals operating two auxiliary nursing schools which were inspired by the desire of Juan Pablo and his wife Carolina to provide training for one volunteer. These two nursing schools have now graduated over 300 auxiliary nurses thus furthering the impact in rural communities.
The vision is to build a fully functioning 40 bed three facility that will include areas for surgery, gynecology, obstetrics, dental and more. The total cost of the project is $4 million USD. With the majority of the foundation and underground work completed, construction will begin on the outer walls of the structure in January 2018 through Guatemalan workers along with volunteers from Canada who assist under the guidance of the Guatemalans for one week periods. Along with providing healthcare, the desire is to continue to impact the area through nutrition and education.
Your support will help provide the infrastructure supplies needed for construction and to the employ the Guatemalan workers.
IMPACT A LIFE * A FAMILY * A COMMUNITY!
CLICK HERE for a video about the story of the clinic to the present day (2015)
CLICK HERE for a video about the plans and the progress of the Hospital (2017)