GVH Blog

May 21, 2020

As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, we are searching for ways to continue improving health and adjusting our focuses as we encounter new challenges in Guatemala due to COVID-19. On our home page is a slideshow with information about how the coronavirus is affecting Guatemala and our villages specifically. We have also included several videos created by our team in Guatemala, highlighting the work we have done and will continue to do - improving lives one village at a time!

May 12, 2020

Today we want to share a short video made by our Guatemalan staff.

YOU make this vital community health education and our programs possible.

Thank you.

May 5, 2020


We are thrilled to announce that with the generous donation of wine and of Pepián dinner from Antigua Guatemala Restaurant (https://antiguaguatemalarestaurant.com/)  we raised $7,260 !!  

We know that some of you wanted to buy dinners but we had sold out - so we will consider another event of this type in the future. Stay tuned!

You can watch the May 2nd event here.

Our new total of donations is $38,500 - so we are just over halfway to $75,000 now!

Thanks for all your support.  


And please do consider becoming a monthly donor!

What your donation can provide:

Village Health Promoter - training and support: $365/ year ($1/day)

Composting toilets: $150

Smokeless stove: $90

Nutritional supplements for babies per year: $85 ($7/month)

Ecofilter: $50

April 21, 2020


Our week 4 update is pretty exciting! We are honored to have Antigua Guatemala Restaurant preparing Chicken or Vegetarian Pepián (a traditional Guatemalan dish) for take-out on May 2nd.  They are donating their time to prepare the food to help us fundraise for GVH. 


We also have generous donors who have provided wine, and can offer several dinner combinations, which our board members and other volunteers will deliver to your home! Meals will be delivered using all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. For those who prefer to pick up their own meals at the restaurant, Antigua Guatemala will be donating a percentage of every Pepián dinner they sell on May 2nd. 


Finally, we will present a short 15 min. program about "Casas Mejoradas" (improved housing for health!) by Zoom, followed by salsa lessons and salsa dancing!  You can come to the virtual event for as long or short as you wish. We will send the link by email to anyone who signs up.

April 14, 2020


We have received $15,200 (20% of our $75,000 goal) and we now have 10 monthly donors - please become one!  


We have several announcements this week summarized in a video message by GVH Executive Director Carolyn Bain, and detailed here:

  1. Stimulus checks should be arriving any day - if you receive one and are in a position to share it - please consider donating a portion to GVH.

  2. A new income tax deduction:   If you take the standard deduction on your 2020 tax return, you will be able to claim as a deduction from gross income up to $300 in cash contributions made to nonprofit charities.  

  3. Three by Three, a women-owned Seattle business, has partnered with GVH to help us raise funds!!!  Three by Three designs and sells products for organizing your home & office (now home-office!).  Here is the deal: 10% discount for you, and 20% will be donated to GVH.

All you need to do is visit their website:  https://threebythree.com/  and when you get to check-out apply GVH30 in the "gift card or discount code" box.  Offer valid until April 30th.


Below are a few recent photos of the GVH Microenterprise project with women in villages making reusable, washable menstrual pads. 

We are continuing to explore creative options to connect with GVH donors and continue to fundraise - stay tuned!  Please know that we gratefully accept checks (and they save us the processing fee!)  Mail to: GVH 1265 S. Main St., #303-C, Seattle, WA, 98114. 

April 7, 2020

We are thrilled to report in our first week of online fundraising we have received $11,360 (over 15% of our $75,000 goal!) So far we have 8 monthly donors signed up.  GVH is so grateful to have this support from our donors. And we ask that you please join this effort!


This week we have a video from Dr. Jennifer Hoock, Co-Founder of GVH, describing our nutritional supplements program that supports 209 children and recent updates about keeping villagers safe.  And below are a few photos sent by our in-country director, Samuel Alvarez, when he delivered the nutrition supplies last week to Esperanza Tunico where our head health promoter Julio Choc Xo lives. Julio (who appears in the photos with his son) will be delivering the nutritional supplements to the villages in the hills above Lake Izabal. 


And the final note for this week, we encourage all of our donors to please sign up with Guatemala Village Health for AmazonSmile - as many folks are purchasing more and more on Amazon these days! By selecting Guatemala Village Health as your charity, Amazon will contribute a small percentage of every purchase you make to GVH, at no additional cost to you.  Please follow the link here for easy to follow instructions.  And when you shop start by logging in at smile.amazon.com

May 31, 2020

As we face this pandemic, we hope you are all staying healthy at home.  Unfortunately, due to the restrictions placed on public gatherings and our concern for the safety and well-being of our supporters, we are forced to cancel our annual fundraiser event planned for May 2nd.  We will dearly miss seeing all of you, and look forward to when we can all get together to celebrate in person.


Guatemala Village Health depends primarily on private donations for its work in Guatemala and the yearly auction is our main fundraising event.   Currently we have funds to sustain our programming and staff for the next 2 months, but we need your help to keep going.  Our Seattle staff is forgoing salary, however we cannot stop paying our staff in Guatemala.  Our programs in Guatemala are supporting the most vulnerable of the village population, with basic nutritional supplements, clean water, sanitation, medical care and medicines.  Our ability to continue to provide these crucial services depends on your generosity.

Now more than ever your donation is essential.  Our goal is to raise $75,000 for GVH 2020 programs by the end of May. 

Please click the link below to donate whatever you can...every dollar helps!

** We are specifically requesting our donors to become sustaining members with a monthly donation **

We will continue to update you on our programs and progress in the coming weeks, and with new opportunities for you to collaborate with GVH.

© 2020 Guatemala Village Health.

1265 S. Main St, #303-C Seattle WA 98144

(206)339-3352 Voice or Fax

501(c)3 in the state of Washington (EIN: 27-3002849)

  • Twitter
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon