Poverty in Guatemala is widespread. About 75% of the population live 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. There is a great need for medical services, especially for young children as 16% of infants suffer from low birth weight and 50% of all children are malnourished.
14 years ago, with outside funding for 5 years, Dr. Juan Pablo and his wife Carolina, began a clinic to serve the impoverished community of Nebaj Guatemala. Nebaj is a community in the mountains with no access to a hospital so the clinic is all the population has had. The clinic has done well. Over the last 8 years, it has been fully sustainable providing access to 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. These two nursing schools have now graduated over 300 auxiliary nurses thus furthering the impact in rural communities.
But now we need a permanent hospital with all areas of specialty. The vision is to build a fully functioning 40 bed facility that will include areas for surgery, gynecology, obstetrics, dental and more. The total cost of the project is $4 million USD. We are working hard to fundraise! We have seen our patch of land get the underground work complete, the cement floors poured and construction began on the outer walls of the structure in January 2018. This is done through Guatemalan workers along with many volunteers from Canada who assist under the guidance of the Guatemalans. Along with providing healthcare, this facility will continue to impact the area through nutrition and education.
Whatever you could give will go a very long way. Your support will help provide the infrastructure supplies needed for construction and the employed Guatemalan workers. Your gift will impact lives, health and an entire community.
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Together with Gilberto and Ruth Noriega, MVC has been involved in the region impacting the quality of education. Together with Gilberto and Ruth, 28 schools have been started by Christian churches who desire to impact their communities and provide the avenue for parents to have their children receive a high level education which will ultimately provide the knowledge and skills to the new generation to escape the cycle of poverty. MVC has been involved in 14 of the 28 schools which are fully sustainable.
MVC does provide funding, through the gracious support of our donors, for families who may otherwise be unable to send their children to school. As many Guatemalan families make the sacrifice to send their children, MVC also believes that this investment will impact future generations, villages and the nation.
Your PERSONAL PARTICIPATION can impact churches, schools, families and students. Education opens doors for individuals to not only grow and learn but to be the people God has created them to become. While work with children in schools are plentiful, opportunities in training, computers, English, ESL, business, sewing, carpentry, teacher training, etc. are also available. The opportunities are endless! GO SERVE and make your unique CONTRIBUTION!
Cubulco, is a city of 42,000 people, of which 80% are of Mayan descent. The high majority of people live in extreme poverty because of the lack of education and employment. Employment is available several hours away on the coast where there are sugar and coffee plantations but conditions on those farms are poor. Many workers fall ill during their employment. When they return to their families (after 3 to 6 months), they spend much of their earnings to treat their illness. Knowing this, the leadership of the a local church in partnership with Missionary Ventures Canada are searching out ways to break this vicious cycle and plan to include in this next building a skill training center.
In January 2014, a team of 15 people from Southwestern Ontario initiated the project in Cubulco. For two weeks, they built a meeting place for a church congregation that was meeting in a home. At the time, there was about 75 people attending this church. Now (2018) there are over 160 people attending.
Plans are in place to build another building to be used for children and for a skill training centre. A team will be going in October 2018 to begin the construction, working alongside individuals in the church. The next step is to build another building to be used for children and skill training.
The vision local leaders have for the future plans include education sponsorship, agricultural Initiative, water supply/purification and more. Local leadership is crucial for ongoing sustainability and success. We will continue to collaborate with the leaders in the church as we proceed!
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