Healthcare Success Stories

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

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.

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 for 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 staff does the best 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.

Mayra – Learning to Smile


Many children are born with deformities that left untreated may cause life-long physical challenges. Organizations such as Doctors without Borders are invaluable for those who do not have access to medical care. Mayra is one of those. She was born with a cleft palate. Even with the surgery to repair her mouth, she had difficulty eating and was embarrassed due to the lack of teeth. Amigos de Guatemala partnered with Jenner Argueta, DDS, an oral surgeon fellow at University of Southern California. Today, Mayra is never seen without a smile.

Click here to help provide urgently needed dental care.

Miriam – Surviving and Thriving


Miriam lay in her bed unable to walk and barely able to move. She was born with tumors throughout her body. A Peace Corps worker found her in her parents’ home, unable to give her the medical attention she needed. Through the Peace Corps working with Doctors without Borders, Miriam was able to receive much needed surgery. Unfortunately, the internal damage was irreversible. She needs catheters for the rest of her life. Guatemala lacks the medical supplies she needed and the doctors were forced to send her home with the ones they had, a two week supply. How does someone survive? With help from volunteers and donors such as CureMedical, Amigos de Guatemala is able to provide Miriam with the life-saving catheters. She is now an active young lady who is currently in the 6th grade and loves life.

Click here to help Miriam and children like her lead a full life.