Life-Saving Medicines for Guatemalan Mayans
Organized by: Gayla Groom
I never thought I'd be raising funds for pharmaceuticals (being a believer in natural health), but here I am, asking you to contribute what you can to help the Lake Atitlán Wellness Clinic obtain the medicines it needs to continue saving lives of the ultra-poor Mayan population around Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. For $25, the clinic can treat 10 people for pneumonia, the #1 cause of death here.
The clinic is a nonprofit corporation that has applied for 501(c)(3) status -- but will not receive its final certification for many months. Therefore, it can't apply for most grants or use most fundraising avenues. That is why your donation is so important here. It really is a matter of life or death for these sick and injured people.
The clinic was started "with no money" by a Venezuelan doctor and a Hollywood accountant who realized that some of the shoeshine boys they interacted with daily in Panajachel, Guatemala, had pneumonia, and were likely to die from it -- if they didn't step up and do something. You can read their story here.
A year and a half later, the clinic sees about 50 people a day, many injured in accidents or with life-threatening illnesses, in need of antibiotics, medications for diabetes, for blood pressure, for gastritis (to prevent gastric cancer, very common here).
As the clinic says: "It's raining patients at the Lake Atitlán Wellness Clinic. Patient referrals are coming from the public hospital of Sololá, The Guatemalan Institute of Public Health, the public Health Centers of the different towns around Panajachel and other establishments. In addition patients are arriving from the coast, Chichi, Quiché, Nahuala, Chimaltenango, Guatemala City and from everywhere around the lake basin. HELP!"
Here's a link to the medicines and supplies the clinic needs -- or a gift of money is always very useful, so the clinic can buy the medicines and supplies that are most urgently needed.