HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Welcome to the Foundation of the Hospital de la Familia.  We work in one of the poorest regions in the world, the western highlands of Guatemala, to directly address the lack of medical care and education.

The Foundation provides a multi-faceted approach:

  • We coordinate volunteer U.S. medical teams to provide specialized surgical and clinical care that is otherwise not available.
  • We provide funding to the Hospital de la Familia (HdlF), a Guatemalan-run medical clinic, which offers year-round, affordable general care by Guatemalan doctors.
  • The La Familia Eye Center is a state-of-the-art ophthalmology clinic providing regional eye care.
  • The HdlF child wellness center rehabilitates the most severe cases of child malnutrition.
  • We support child and adult educational programs.


We are particularly proud of what we have accomplished over the past 40+ years!  We have evolved from a tiny makeshift clinic in 1976, to a regional, Guatemalan-run medical center, treating nearly 20,000 patients per year.

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Forty-four years ago our founders fell in love with the culture and people of Guatemala and wanted to help.  This has transitioned through 4 decades and involves hundreds of volunteers, both medical and non-medical.  Sadly, the need of the Guatemalan people has not decreased.  We rely on donations and volunteers to continue our efforts and we hope you will help support our mission.

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THE FOUR PILLARS OF OUR WORK

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REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

HdlF treats nearly 20,000 patients annually. Guatemalan doctors provide general care and visiting U.S. medical teams perform specialized treatment and surgeries. Everyone receives care regardless of ability to pay.

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SUSTAINABLE VISION CARE

La Familia Eye Center is committed to preventing and reversing vision loss through high-quality, self-sustaining, and locally driven care in an environment of continuous learning and innovation.

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FIGHTING CHILD MALNUTRITION

HdlF treats chronically malnourished and diseased children, ages 0-5 years, with an in-patient rehabilitation program. Thousands of other children are treated by HdlF Guatemalan doctors for out-patient therapy.

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SUPPORTING EDUCATION

We believe education is essential to ending poverty. The Foundation supports educational programs in Guatemala for both children and adults, including an elementary school and a nursing assistant school.

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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY

“I’ve been a volunteer since 2002. The staff of HDLf are my Guatemalan family. My prayers are for all of Nuevo Progreso and for the HLDF staff to remain healthy!”

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