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About Guatemala Healing Hands Fundraiser!

Hello, everyone! This year I have the honor of taking part in another amazing medical mission to Guatemala and would love to get as much help for the team as possible! Below is some information on the group and all of the wonderful work they have done in the past 20 years :) Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

GHHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and availability of healthcare in Guatemala through education, surgery, therapy, and community development. This upcoming trip will be the group’s 15th medical mission. Each trip is led by a team of surgeons, therapists, anesthesiologists, and dedicated volunteers. We treat pediatric patients with congenital hand anomalies, burns and other traumas to the hand and upper extremity. 

All patients are treated free of expense. Because of the generosity of people like you, the organization has been able to impact hundreds of deserving Guatemalan families. All volunteers commit their time and expertise as well as cover personal travel expenses and the full expense of a child's surgery. 

Thank you so much for your generosity, support, and kindness. I cannot wait to tell you about my trip! 

To learn more about GHHF please visit www.guatemalahands.org. Below also find a summary of GHHF’s work over the last 19 years: 

- Evaluated 1,925 patients for hand surgery and therapy 
- Completed surgery on 739 patients 
- Fabricated 1,453 orthotics 
- Educated over 3,500 MDs, therapists, and students 
- Brought one child to New Mexico to receive extensive hand surgery and three children to Shriners for surgery 

In 2010, GHHF began to implement community development initiatives to advance the health and wellbeing in the village of Chichoy Alto. GHHF has successfully: 

- Completed the construction and expansion of Chichoy Alto’s brand-new elementary school and first ever middle school
- Constructed 55+ latrines and 21 efficient ONIL stoves 
- Funded the digging of hillside trenches to lay piping to supply fresh water throughout the village
- Distributed crucial fertilizer to replenish Chichoy Alto’s disappearing crops
- Distributed emergency maize to families struggling with malnutrition
- Purchases school supplies to the 100+ elementary aged children
- Sponsored 16+ children to attend high school and 15+ teenagers to attend post high school program
- Distributed 32 Ecofilters in the village of Chuchuk’a Alto
- Established a chicken program to provide sustainable protein to students
- Funds an emergency food program that began as a result of COVID-19
- Currently working on funding the construction of multiple safe concrete family homes and have completed 5 of 30