What We Do

The Hospital de la Familia Foundation supports the Hospital de la Familia in Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala through two primary areas of activity:

  1. Through fundraising, financial support, and the stewardship of funds to ensure high quality medical care and educational resources are available to a severely underserved region.

  2. By coordinating medical missions and sending specialists in general surgery, plastic surgery, OB/GYN, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmology, optometry, dentistry, pediatrics, and audiology to provide direct medical care for the rural population of Nuevo Progreso and surrounding areas.  

Services and resources are delivered through the following:

Hospital

Nutrition Center

Education Programs

The Colegio San Jose grade-school for girls and boys

The Nursing Assistant School

The Sewing School for women and girls

 

The Hospital de la Familia in Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala

The Hospital de la Familia, located in the rural town of Nuevo Progreso, in the Department of San Marcos in Guatemala provides healthcare to the community and its surroundings.  Patients travel from Mexico and from other departments within Guatemala to received health services. The hospital has 70 beds and employs 60 employees, including three Guatemalan general practitioners and one Guatemalan ophthalmologist.  Patients are charged on a sliding-scale basis and are never turned away for inability to pay for services. The Dr. Keith Nolop Memorial Pharmacy provides low-cost or free medications to patients depending on their financial situation.

Photography Courtesy of Katharine Kimball

Photography Courtesy of Katharine Kimball

The Nutrition Center for malnourished infants and toddlers

The Nutrition Center addresses the physical and nutritional needs of malnourished and/or anemic children between the ages of birth to 4 years old.  Some children arrive to undergo surgeries such as cleft palate/cleft lip but are severely malnourished and too weak to undergo a surgery.  They are given nutrition therapy until they are ready for the surgery.

Some children are referred by the state, most are from families in the area who are unable to care for them adequately, and all are severely malnourished and/or anemic.  Once healthy, each child either goes back to their family or on to an orphanage or foster care situation.

 

The Colegio San Jose grade-school for girls and boys

The Colégio San José in Nuevo Progreso is a grade school for girls and boys, grades 1-6.  There are approximately 160 children enrolled in the school, most of whom come from low-income families.  As part of their basic education, students learn how to use a computer. The Foundation supports the school’s building projects, the salaries of the 8 teachers, classroom materials, computers, and a daily meal for the children.

 

Photography Courtesy of Katharine Kimball

The Nursing Assistant School

The Nursing Assistant School, honoring Sonia Jimenez, R.N. is a certificated program that trains locals interested in a profession in the medical field.  Graduates of this program go on to work in clinics and hospitals throughout Guatemala. Also, as part of their curriculum they do a rotation in the Nutrition Center, learning and providing support to the youngest patients of the Hospital.

 

The Sewing School for women and girls

The Sewing School, founded by Canadian lay-missionary Jeanine Archimbaud in the early 1970s, teaches women and girls basic sewing skills and couture.  Through this program, they learn skills that they can use to contribute to their household’s income and pave the road to economic self-sufficiency.

Photography Courtesy of Katharine Kimball

 

Hospital de la Familia Foundation is a non-profit U.S. based organization that provides medical care and education to Guatemalan communities living in poverty.  

Hospital de la Familia Foundation
P.O. Box 12981
Berkeley, California, 94712-3981
Phone: 510.883.9064

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