Medical Equipment On The Move

Friday, October 14, a group of dedicated volunteers from Advance Guatemala, Amigos de Guatemala, Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise and Project CURE filled up a shipping container with the much anticipated donated medical equipment.  Here are some pictures from that day.

Jan and Bob

Jan and Bob


Dedicated volunteers

Dedicated volunteers

Boxes, boxes everywhere

Boxes, boxes everywhere

Jan and Nadine amongst the boxes

Jan and Nadine amongst the boxes

Congratulations to Miguel!

Another success story!

2016-miguel-angel-samientos-cabreraBecause of good grades and being a student with a lot of dedication and care, Miguel Angel has earned a full scholarship from the school where he studies.  He is currently studying as an intern at the school devoting 100% of him time to studying.

This is why Amigos de Guatemala does what it does.  Thank you, padrino (sponsor), for helping Miguel get the start he needed!

If you want to help, please click here.



New Medical Equipment Coming to Zacualpa

What can I say other than I am ECSTATIC, bouncing off the walls!  Amigos de Guatemala did it.  The shipping costs for the $500,000 medical equipment.  Through your help, a Rotary district grant as well as a guardian angel in the form of a non-profit called Advance Guatemala, changing lives through access to better medical care.

Amigos de Guatemala is a small operation focusing on access to education and healthcare.  This opportunity to change the lives of over 70,000 indigenous Maya will forever change the health of the Zacualpa community.

Thank you Advance Guatemala and Project C.U.R.E for being wonderful partners.  To a long and fulfilling partnership.

How can you help?  Spread the word.  There is always the need to help with education opportunities such as scholarships, keeping the library update to date and literacy besides the numerous medical needs.

Rotary is the Best Partner

I love visiting the different Rotary Clubs.  Each club has its own personality with a common thread of Service Above Self.  This time trip I visited the Rotary Clubs of Salida, Escalon Sunrise, Wickenburg, Scottsdale Sunrise, Anthem and Sun City West.  All are great partners and supports of Amigos de Guatemala.  THANK YOU!


Rotary Club of Wickenburg

Rotary Club of Wickenburg

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise

A Great Partnership

ADIZ Director Fredy Argueta with ADG Director Jean Herschede

ADIZ Director Fredy Argueta with ADG Director Jean Herschede

No program can be successful without a trusting and great partnership.  Amigos de Guatemala is has been working with ADIZ – NGO and its director Fredy Argueta for many years.  It is through this partnership that so many students are able to continue with their studies.  Fredy’s goal is to improve the municipality of Zacualpa through education.

Seeing the world more clearly

Getting glasses may not seem special but foangelicar those who struggle with unclear vision while in school, it is.  The cost of an examination is well out of the reach for our scholarship students.  Just the 1 1/2 hour bus ride is beyond their means.  Thanks to a Rotary District Grant from the Rotary Club of Anthem, Arizona, District 5490, ten of our students now have clearer vision.

If you would like to help other students with their medical needs, please click here.


Medical Center in Zacualpa Needs Help

Have you ever really looked at your doctor’s office and all of the equipment? What if you lived in an area where the medical center had to bandage the equipment since there is no other option? During our visit in January, the volunteer team had the opportunity to visit the medical center in Zacualpa. The government built and outfitted the center in 1980 and has not upgraded let alone maintain the equipment. The _JMR8114staff does the bes with very limited resources. Since the sterilizer does not work, medical technicians do what they can to sterilize the instruments. Amigos de Guatemala is researching ways to help the medical clinic. ADG has identified a partner to donate all of the equipment needed. It is the shipping from their warehouse in the US to Zacualpa are the funds we need to raise. This would be one of the largest projects ADG has taken on.

Please help spread the word.  Click here to donate.



2014 High School Graduates – all females!

2014 GraduatesIt is amazing after not having a single female finish elementary school a few years ago to a female only high school graduation class!  These young women represent the future of their community of Zacualpa and Guatemala.  Thank you to those who sponsored these students and the continuing students.

If you are interested in helping a new student transform her life, please click here.

Solar Lights Can Help Save Eye Strain


Have you ever tried to read by candle light? The high cost of electricity causes many students to resort to candles in order to study. Though this may not cause direct damage to the eye, it can cause severe strain. Amigos de Guatemala in partnership with Soluciones Energeticas Apropiadas (SEA) has started a new program to provide low cost solar light to provide better visibility in dark homes.

A little about SEA - they started a solar business that reach over 1,000 homes per year and have also taught 100 students about solar power. In addition they have educated 50 young Mayan women about solar power so they are ready to start a women's solar power cooperative in 2014.

Click here to provide needed supplies that allow children to learn.