ENFOQUE IXCAN

Eye Health Care in Ixcan, Guatemala

Hillsboro, OR   |  www.enfoqueixcan.org

Mission

ENFOQUE IXCÁN VISION STATEMENT The vision of Enfoque Ixcán is for the people of the Ixcán region of Guatemala to enjoy their rights to affordable eye health and vision care. MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Enfoque Ixcán is to make vision and eye health care, and eye health education available to the people of the Ixcan region of Guatemala. Enfoque Ixcan believes that the most effective method of providing eye health and vision care is to maximize the use of local and regional resources by educating and training local residents to provide basic eye care.

Ruling year info

2006

President

Dr. Scott E Pike OD

Secretary

Dr. Brian Arvidson OD

Main address

5784 SE Lexington Dr.

Hillsboro, OR 97123 USA

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EIN

01-0844437

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Public Health Program (E70)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Ixcan region of Guatemala is a rural, remote part of the country. There are over 100,000 people living there and 80% live in poverty. The nearest professional eye care practice is 3 to 5 hours away on public transportation. Therefore, affordable eye care isn't accessible for these people.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Primary eye care

To make basic eye care accessible to the region of Ixcan by staffing a central office and by taking eye care to out-lying villages on a regular basis.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Indigenous peoples
Multiracial people

When people are examined and found to need an eye surgery or other professional care, funds are available to send them to a Guatemalan eye clinic

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

Each year we travel to remote schools in the region to examine primary and middle school students

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who have recieved eye glasses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Primary eye care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID 19 closed our doors in March 2020. We didn't resume seeing patients until September, 2021. We have already examined over 80 patients in 2022.

Number of cataract surgeries funded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Eye Surgeries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use a Guatemalan eye clinic named Visualiza. This clinic is a 5 hour drive from Ixcan, Guatemala. 666 eye surgeries have been funded to date. 11 in Jan. 2022. The pandemic slowed 2021.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, People of Central American descent, People with disabilities

Related Program

Primary eye care

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A solid base of 100 to 135 donors contributes each year.

number of people examined

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Primary eye care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of people examined includes those examined by local Ixcan eye health promoters and other volunteers from the US. Recent numbers reflect pandemic slowdown.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Enfoque Ixcán is to ensure that the people of the Ixcán region of Guatemala have access to vision and eye heath care and eye health education. Enfoque Ixcán maximizes the use of local and regional resources and builds capacity and expertise among the population in order to empower local communities.
Current goals are:
~To build a small office building for our eye health promoters and volunteer Guatemalan optometrists to work from
~To find and train a 4th person to work as an eye health promoter
~To continue to fund 40 or more eye surgeries per year
~To train local public health nurses about eyes, eye conditions and eye care

Enfoque Ixcan has hired and trained 4 eye health promoters to work in our new eye clinic. They staff the clinic 5 days a week doing basic eye exams and testing for eye problems needing professional care. Six times a year they take groups of patients to a Guatemalan eye clinic for eye surgeries, mainly cataract surgeries.

STRATEGIES

In pursuit of the Vision and Mission of Enfoque Ixcán we:
--Educate and train residents to:
• Use simple and inexpensive instruments and materials to measure and treat basic refractive conditions,
• Recognize eye and eye-related diseases,
• Know the signs and symptoms of vision and eye problems,
• Educate the public on eye conditions and preventive measures in eye care,
• Refer and escort patients with eye and general health problems needing specialized care to appropriate Guatemalan health professionals,
• Provide surgical follow-up care during and after surgical visits as requested by the local surgeons.

--Encourage collaboration and build relationships with local and regional organizations that provide or influence eye and general health care, including:
• Eye health professionals
• General health professionals
• Social organizations
• Governmental departments and agencies
--Engage the North American public through newsletters, the internet and in personal presentations in order to:
• Educate people regarding the conditions and problems our neighbors in Ixcán, Guatemala face on a daily basis which deny them access to eye care,
• Make known the historical and modern forces which contribute to the current conditions in Ixcán,
• Raise funds to build a framework for sustainable eye care in Ixcán.

It is currently within the capabilities of Enfoque Ixcan to:
~Fund 80 to 100 eye surgeries per year at Guatemalan eye clinics
~provide basic eye exams to 1500 people per year
~supply over 500 eye glasses per year to people needing vision correction
~provide eye care training to local public health workers
~sending teams of eye care volunteers to remote village in the Ixcan region

Progress toward our goals is measured in several ways:
~The response from our donors in the USA has increased every year since our founding, from under $8,000 eight years ago to over $50,000 in 2021.
~increased donations have allowed us to examine more patients, dispense more glasses, and fund more eye surgeries, but there are always more people to examine.
~we have moved from having no central office space in 2009, to having a small, rented office since 2010, to our current new eye clinic completed in August 2021.
~from 2003 to 2010 we took patients to have eye surgeries in groups of 2 - 4, now we are taking them in groups of 20 at a time.
~the Ixcan public is learning that Enfoque Ixcan is the organization to call for eye care as people in very remote villages are calling our eye health promoter when they have questions and problems regarding the eyes.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The residents of Ixcan, Guatemala who seek eye care services from us.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently completed the construction of an eye clinic to make our services easier to find. Before we were hidden away in a church compound. We purchased new, modern, updated testing equipment for more accurate diagnoses and treatment.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our openness to the community has built a relationship with the municipal government. As a result they donated to us the land where we built our new clinic.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, Many the people we serve are illiterate and don't understand surveys ,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ENFOQUE IXCAN

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Scott Pike

Scott Pike

Enfoque Ixcan

Amanda Terhes

Dwight Fleck

Ali Durbin

Jessica Lynch

Tony Lopez

Brian Arvidson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/2/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2022

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.