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lives  of over 6,000 people so far this year.    

     Just in the past three months, 1,495 patients were treated in our medical, dental and psychology clinics. 


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     Water is running in 45 more homes, 37 families have concrete floors, 42 families built composting latrines, 272 families installed Chapina stoves, and 45 students continue in school.

     Each week men, women, parents, and teachers come to us requesting help. There are 1,125 women on the waiting list for a Chapina stove, 67 families are waiting for composting latrines, and two communities are requesting help to build a water project. Scared and  desperate  parents request help for their critically ill child because they don't have money for medicine, or food.

     Your commitment is what makes a difference.  Families, individuals, groups, church communities, and friends change the world each day with your dedication to helping others.  Thank you. Please continue your support and help us improve the lives of hundreds of deserving families. It's about what we can do together!

      We are making progress. Soon our new health center will be filled with patients.  Dr. Alvarado and her health team are ready to move in, open the doors, and celebrate the completion our new facility.  
     A special thanks to members of Naples United Church of Christ for supporting the clinic construction and to the Antonio Roca family for donating the land. 


     These young adults are gainfully employed because they had the opportunity to graduate from high school. They struggled against all odds but persevered. Low or no family resources eliminated their chances for an education but through our scholarship program they graduated with skills that prepared them to compete for jobs.

Ana was recently promoted to  cashier  at 
Burger King

Joel Works in the accounting department
 at Cooperativa Kamolon in San Martin

Sandra attends classes at the university
 and works part time at our health clinics.

Bright and motivated young adults want to attend school. They want meaningful jobs. 

This year, our scholarship program is assisting 40 students in junior high and high school and 5 are attending classes at universities.  

Schools in Guatemala run from January to October. Our goal is to assist 60 students in the 2017 school year.  The cost to send a student to high school is $500 and $1,200 for a full year at a university.  Any amount will help keep the kids in school.



Salud y Vida generously supports our health program and recently donated medical and dental equipment for our new health center. 

     Youthlinc's Guatemala 2016 team was 39 members strong and worked tirelessly in the small, remote village of Pacoxpon.  During their 10-day stay with us in July, they held English camp in two schools, gave computer lessons, held sewing and hair cutting classes, conducted business classes and a health fair. 
     The group covered dirt floors with concrete in 37 homes and installed 37 new Chapina stoves. They racked up 2,960 volunteer hours, hauled 119 bags of sand & gravel, 475 bags of cement and mixed and carried 1,435 square yards of concrete. 

During a reflection several of the young adults stated "I realize now how lucky I am to have what I have in the United States."
Residents of Pacoxpon celebrate with Youthlinc


Kids are thriving and moms are healthier thanks to the gen erous contrib ution from Vitamin Angels. They supply thousands of prenatal and children's vitamins each year to our health  program.   

Volunteers and medical professionals spent  3 days in two remote villages and performed physicals, vision tests and hearing exams on 258 elementary school kids. The majority of the students had never had a physical.

Shared Beat volunteer health professionals along with our Dra. Alvardo and Reyna Lares in Santa Rosa II.


"I Don't Know Why I Am Still Alive"
A report from the field

Telma Estrada, Staff Psychologist

Juanita, age 18, lives in a remote Maya village in San Martin, Jilotepeque.

I met Juanita in late 2015 when she applied for a scholarship. She told me she had been cutting her arms and legs for the past three months in an effort to release all of the pain that was inside her. She also began to drink alcohol to forget her problems. At our first meeting, Juanita stated "I feel sad, lonely and disappointed in my life. I don't know why I am still alive. "

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     On August 26, Maria Lares graduated from Landivar University receiving her Professional Nurse degree. She received a scholarship from Health Ministries Association for the 3 1/2 year program.  Maria has worked with our in-country partner, Hombres y Mujeres en Accion, for the past 9 years. She will continue her nursing career working in our health programs.

 Lois Werner with Maria Lares at graduation.

     Time has a wonderful way
 of  showing us what really matters