Describe the need affecting the community.
Poverty in Guatemala is both widespread and severe. Approximately 75 percent of the population is estimated to live below the poverty line, which is defined as an income that is insufficient to purchase a basic basket of goods and services. Almost 58 percent of the population have incomes below the extreme poverty line, which is defined as the amount needed to purchase a basic basket of food. The area where we work in Guatemala reflects this description of poverty.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
I believe this question was answered above. We will continue to do the work we are doing and expand it where we can. For example, the eye clinic was a new addition in 2015. We have also expanded our feeding programs and will work towards adding more feeding opportunities for children in the future. Our VIM teams help address community needs like constructing flush toilets at schools, and hand washing sinks. These are some of the ways in which Mission Guatemala is addressing the community needs.
Describe the primary goal of the project.
Mission Guatemala is trying to improve the health, education and nutrition of the adults and children in San Andréa by being the hands and feet of Christ. We want to make the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 our day to day reality.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.
The easiest way to measure success is in our feeding programs. We measure and weigh children regularly and have seen vast improvements in height and weight growth over the past four years. These changes are especially apparent in infants to 5 year olds. We are able to compare these children to siblings who were not in our programs and their growth rate is significantly greater than their siblings. We have heard from a number of teachers and school principals that since we have started our feeding programs the percentage of students being promoted to the next grade has increased. There is always a need for medical care, but we are excited that we have started a diabetes club to help better educated people about diabetes and how to control it and manage it. Through the club, we hope to see people managing their diabetes better and less diabetic related health problems develop.
Budget and Financial Information
Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
Medical, Dental, Eye Clinics
VIM Team Expenses
National Church Donation