Health—General & Rehabilitative

MISSION GUATEMALA INC

Do All The Good You Can

aka Mission Guatemala

New Albany, IN

Mission

Mission Guatemala Inc., is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples through health, education and nutrition initiatives and missionary service.

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director

Mr. Dave Burns

Main Address

PO Box 2157

New Albany, IN 47151 USA

Keywords

Guatemala, Clinic, Scholarship, Feeding Center, mission guatemala

EIN

26-4500667

 Number

6907035761

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Mission Guatemala's primary areas of focus are health, education and nutrition. Access to quality medical care for Indigenous Mayan people of Guatemala is rare. In addition, the majority of children in Guatemala do not attend school past the 6th grade. And, according to the World Food Programme, 47 percent of children in Guatemala suffer from chronic malnutrition, which is the highest rate in all of Latin America and the Caribbean and one of the highest rates in the world.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Medical Clinic

Dental Clinic

Nutrition Program

Niños Chispudos - Kids with a Spark

Becas con Misión

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people who receive medical care in our clinic.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Medical Clinic

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Mission Guatemala Inc., is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples through health, education and nutrition initiatives and missionary service. Our Vision is a Guatemala where: Children do not die from hunger. Children, women, and men have access to quality and respectful healthcare, regardless of race, religion, sex, age, or economic status. Rates of illness and death due to respiratory illnesses and burns from open cook fires in the home becomes a problem of the past. Families learn the importance of proper nutrition and sanitation. Mothers and children have access to vitamins and formula. Water is accessible and safe to drink. Dental care is no longer a luxury. Communities decide what services they need and help make them a reality.

Health: Mission Guatemala operates a medical clinic 5 days a week in the community of San Andrés Semetabaj. Our goal is to provide quality medical care to all Guatemalan people. Mission Guatemala works to ensure that no one is denied access to the doctor due to a lack of resources. And, our medical clinic provides quality medical care including lab testing done on site. Education: Mission Guatemala provides scholarships for middle and high school students. The students in our “Becas Con Misíon” scholarship program (Scholarships with a Mission) are selected based both on economic need and on their grades from elementary school. Once accepted into the scholarship program, students will have the opportunity to continue in the program throughout middle school and beyond, as long as they maintain a 75% average each semester. Nutrition: Mission Guatemala operates a school nutrition center in the San Andrés Semetabaj area. The daily snack program is located in the Escuela Kikoten elementary school, where the school's 120 students each receive a hearty, nutritious snack each morning. While our full-time nutrition center helps school-aged children, it doed not address malnutrition in children who are not yet old enough to attend school. During a child’s critical early years of development, the effects of malnutrition can be especially devastating, leading to stunting, anemia, and chronic infections and sickness. For this reason, Mission Guatemala coordinates the "Niños Chispudos" (Kids With A Spark) Early Childhood Nutrition Program which utilizes the Chispuditos® food product. Chispuditos® is a soy/corn based atol, or porridge, developed by The Mathile Institute in order to provide a daily nutritional supplement for children in Guatemala. Our "Niños Chispudos" program is open to all mothers with children aged 6 months to 6 years old, and provides Chispuditos® as well as free medical care for their children at Mission Guatemala's medical clinics. In addition, any young children suffering from malnutrition who are treated in our clinic are referred by the doctor to the "Niños Chispudos" program.

Through our medical clinic, scholarship program and nutritional programs, we are equipped to make an impact in the areas of health, education and nutrition in Guatemala.

We monitor the number of patients seen in our clinic on a monthly basis and evaluate the medical issues that are diagnosed and treated. In addition, we are providing additional care to chronic illnesses we encounter, such as our monthly diabetes clinic. We have seen our scholarship program grow and have graduated our first two student who have completed middle and high school in our Becas con Mision program. We also monitor the growth and overall health of the children in our Niños Chispudos program and continue to see progress!

In the eight short years of Mission Guatemala's existence, we have opened and maintained a medical clinic that provides quality medical care, started and maintained a scholarship program and provided nutritional programs for children in Guatemala. In addition, there have been many schools who now have bathrooms, hand-washing stations, classrooms, and other improvements and also homes that have quality stoves installed because of the work of our mission teams. Mission Guatemala is in a state planning for the future as we hope to purchase the property where our clinic is housed in 2020. In addition, our Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Director of Development are working together to develop a strategic operating plan to guide us into the future.

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MISSION GUATEMALA INC

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No