We are currently raising funds to buy new computers and desks and to provide scholarships for students struggling to pay tuition, especially after the 2 year COVID-19 shutdown. We are also raising funds to build a new community health center that will also have room for Pastor Pablo's home church to expand.
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We are excited to invite ministry partners to join Colegio Mark to effect meaningful change as we establish a community health center in Cantel, Guatemala. During my doctoral research, the need for the community health center became apparent. Although healthcare is a constitutional right in Guatemala, only three percent of the nation’s GDP is spent on healthcare, which pales when compared to 20% of GDP spent on healthcare in the US. Guatemala has the second highest infant mortality rate and the lowest life expectancy of any country in Latin America. During a vision trip, I made several observations. The first is that the local healthcare clinic provider did not have a stethoscope nor any diagnostic equipment, thus making medical diagnoses challenging. A second observation was the lack of medications; the only medications available were found on a shelf that was two feet by two feet by one bottle high - all used for respiratory ailments. I also observed that preventative approaches to healthcare were nearly non-existent. The model to be implemented in this community health center was developed through my research. It combines preventative and reactive care approaches that address key health needs in the community. The first aspect is establishing a comprehensive primary care clinic. This will be staffed by a local female provider and a nurse; equipped with a laboratory, X-ray, and ultrasound equipment to make medically verified diagnoses; and outfitted with a pharmacy full of medications and vitamins. In addition, a local pastor will be on site to provide spiritual care for patients and their families, which is mission critical for Gospel witness. The second component is providing health education courses such as first aid, nutrition, prenatal care, and other courses to prevent maladies before they affect quality of life. A third feature is providing resources for the local community such as properly ventilated stoves and clean water to combat major health concerns such as respiratory issues (the top reason for death in the area) and water-borne parasites, which are also prevalent. Another aspect of this project is training future clinicians. This will broaden the clinic’s impact beyond the local community. Thank you for giving this invitation your prayerful consideration.