OUR COMMUNITIES: QUETZALTENANGO (XELA), GUATEMALA
Quetzaltenango, better known by its Mayan name Xela (pronounced “SHAY-la”), is the second largest city in Guatemala. Xela is the cultural and commercial center of the Western Highlands of the country, where the majority of the population is indigenous. Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 7,700 feet, Xela is surrounded by spectacular peaks and volcanoes. Despite its beauty, the region suffers from extremely high rates of poverty and the social, economic, and health crises associated with living in poverty. Most of the communities are predominantly indigenous, rural, and isolated, with extremely limited access to quality health services due to the high cost of care, language and cultural barriers, and the distance patients must travel to reach a clinic or hospital.
OUR PARTNER: 32 Volcanes
32 Volcanes works exclusively on innovative health and education projects designed to make a social impact in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life in local indigenous communities, and its founders have over 27 years of experience working on development initiatives in the region. Alongside 32 Volcanes, Timmy hosts five annual medical brigades, manages our patient referral program, and provides year-round support for 32 Volcanes’ health programming, including a nutrition program for moms and infants, a clinic for low-income patients, and public health education program for our patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension.