Guatemala Hope works in partnership with the local committees of El Triunfo, Los Tiestos and the surrounding area to determine the critical areas for development.
Guatemala Hope has contracts with committees in both the villages of Los Tiestos and El Triunfo. These committees work on behalf of Guatemala Hope during our absence. They are set up with operating groups to carry out the work and they are accountable to Guatemala Hope for their activities and expenditures.
When we are in the villages, Guatemala Hope representatives meet with the local committees and relevant working groups. Discussions are held to evaluate current activities and to set the direction for future activities.
We try to have regular communications with them through a local interpreter and send funds to them throughout the year.
Through a variety of networks, Guatemala Hope has the opportunity to work with different volunteers from Guatemala city and surrounding areas. They are committed individuals who want to help their own people and do so by helping us. They assist with logistics of travel, food and resources. Some volunteers work by contributing their language skills, medical skills or simply by providing love and support to the people in the villages we serve.
Monica and Abdy are students from the Translation Department at the San Carlos University in Guatemala. Rigo, a Language Teacher at the Naval Base in Escuintla, has been our interpreter and Guatemala connection for many years. They, along with many others accompany us to the villages to be our Spanish voices.
Our friends in Guatemala City spend countless hours making sure everything is arranged for the Guatemala Hope trip participants in advance of their arrival. They work year round with members of our Board of Directors to make accommodations for upcoming trips, helping to ensure the successful outcomes of our many projects.
Father Contran is the director of the St. Hermano Pedro Hospital where our referral patients can receive healthcare at no cost or a fee that is in proportion to their income. This hospital is also the Guatemala headquarters for "Faith In Practice" a non-profit organization of volunteer health professionals that seeks to improve the physical and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs.