We frequently hear from our donors that they are amazed at how much Partner for Surgery has been able to accomplish in Guatemala. And yes, we are very proud of the many thousands of people we have provided with medical care but we have not done it alone. In 2008, Partner for Surgery started a Guatemalan partner organization, Associación Compañero para Cirugía (ACPC), with the intent of Guatemalans eventually leading all the day to day activities. Together, we have now become the pre-eminent organization providing health and medical care in many of the Guatemalan rural communities.
An indicator of success can be seen in the significant increase of government medical personnel and community midwives in the referral of newborns with cleft anomalies to our Cleft Infant Nutrition Program. Several years ago, almost all the infants with clefts were first seen at our rural medical missions. Now, over 85% are referrals, which means the infants remain in better health and can qualify for surgery earlier than before.
We are currently looking for both medical and non-medical volunteers for our week long rural medical missions. During the week we visit four villages, numerous Mayan homes and also include a cultural day in the area. These missions provide a unique personal look into the life of rural Mayan communities which have a cultural history of almost 3,500 years. Please let us know if you have an interest in more information such as activities, dates and costs. Fluency in Spanish is not necessary. We guarantee you will have a unique and enriching experience!
Frank Peterson President
Our project Medical Care for 2,000 Rural Guatemalan Families on GlobalGiving has been recently fully funded. We are in the process of extending this project with a new financial goal, which will help us continue gathering funds to help families in need of medical help in Guatemala.
We are very thankful to our donors and volunteers for helping make such a big difference in the lives of Guatemalans.
Mark your calendar
GlobalGiving's GG Rewards Bonus Day is on July 12. This will be a great opportunity to help Partner for Surgery receive more funds to help Guatemalans, thanks to the 50% match offered by the platform.
We will be sending out reminders as the date approaches.
In our Anita story, Dr. Dunn was responsible for performing the surgery.