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Medical brigades in Guatemala

Our local partners in Guatemala have been continuing their efforts with medical brigades. Recently, they targeted the municipality of Coatepeque, which is 235 kilometers from Guatemala City. Because their efforts in that area are ongoing, the vision is to continue to provide medical assistance and follow up with as many individuals as possible. The team serves approximately 1,000 patients per month with resources received through your generous donations.  Just as is in Coatepeque, the team continues to follow up with the many children and adults they serve in Jalapa, a small village of  ...

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The Fog Has Lifted: A pair of eye glasses change Pedro’s life

Since fourth grade, Pedro has been living in a foggy, indistinguishable world because of poor eyesight. His eyesight was so bad that his mother had to read his homework to him. He knew that glasses could rectify his problem, but sadly his family was too poor to afford them. Today, now at 16 years old, he wakes up early with hope because he heard that one of our partners would be checking vision and providing free eyeglasses in a nearby small, remote town in Central Guatemala, San Agustin. When the team gave Pedro his first pair of glasses, he could see clearly for the first time in about  ...

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La neblina se ha disipado: un par de lentes le cambia la vida a Pedro

La neblina se ha disipado: un par de lentes le cambia la vida a Pedro Como resultado de sus problemas de la vista, desde cuarto grado Pedro ha vivido en un mundo indistinguible, cubierto de neblina.  Ve tan mal, que su madre tiene que leerle la tarea; y aunque sabe que unos lentes podrían corregir su problema, tristemente su familia es demasiado pobre como para poder comprarlos.  Hoy, a los 16 años, Pedro se ha levantado temprano, lleno de esperanza, porque escuchó que uno de nuestros aliados estará haciendo exámenes de la vista y proporcionará lentes sin costo en San Agustín, una pequeña  ...

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Reaching out in Guatemala

Every year Roca de Ayuda in Guatemala and one of our local partners join forces to reach out to the needy. One of the places they cover is called “La Montaña” in the city of Jalapa, a city found in the south eastern part of Guatemala. 80% of the population in Jalapa is agrarian, primarily harvesting corn, beans, and squash for personal consumption. However, Jalapa is knows as a “Corredor Seco” (dry corridor), suffering from constant droughts which leaves its inhabitants with nothing to eat for weeks or months. Roca de Ayuda, in conjunction with a local church, put together a medical  ...

  Areas, Latin America, Stories

Two quetzales left

Marcela Puac is a 59-year-old mother of seven. From an early age, Marcela was responsible for the care of her home and her nine siblings. Marcela’s life has been marked by abuse and suffering. Her husband, an alcoholic, physically abused her constantly. The beatings were so severe that she is now bound to a wheelchair. This caused Marcela to grow bitter, building a tough exterior and not allowing others to participate in her pain. She now is responsible for the care of her grandchildren since her own children must leave for weeks at a time to find work and support the family. As we shared  ...