Vida Para Todos Guatemala (Life For All Guatemala) is a Christian nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that believes we are called by Christ to serve others, just as He came to serve us. We do this through a variety of outreach services and practical/affordable solutions that are designed to bring hope to the impoverished and that will improve the daily lives of the poor in Guatemala. An added benefit of these services is, that by improving thier lives at home, we help to reduce irregular immigration to the United States. Everything we do is because of love and a strong desire to serve our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Guatemala.
See What We're Up To
We are dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of Guatemalans by distributing Bibles and Christian Literature. We are also committed to meeting the physical needs of those in poverty by providing the essentials such as medicine, clean water, nutrition, education and vented eco-stoves.
Visit Our Jewelry Shop
All of the jewelry featured on our website is hand made by the women of Guatemala. When you purchase anything from our store you allow us to purchase more and in turn 100% of the proceeds go directly to our projects to help improve quality of life in Guatemala. Thanks!
Join Us On A Mission Trip
We create the opportunity for others to experience and take part in the magic of giving. It will change your life forever! If interested please follow our website, FaceBook posts and InstaGram posts frequently. The expected cost is between $1,500 and $2,000 per person depending on your point of departure.
Major National Challenges Requiring Attention
The many overwhelming needs of the people we serve are far beyond our ability to address them all. Poor housing, basic education and nutrition are but some. Then there is the lack of potable water (only 15% of the water distributed in the country is potable). TB, other respiratory diseases and cataracts from indoor cooking fires are quite common, especially in young children and the women who do the cooking. Many are infected with intestinal worms. Basic medicines such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, dewormer and vitamins beyond their meagre incomes.
This does not mean that we sit back and do nothing; our nonprofit serves as many families and individuals as possible and we need your help to do this.
We Help Them Fight Their Battles
The solutions that we offer to address these problems remain simple and practical. We make optimal use of our limited resources, both financial and human, focusing on addressing the desperate fundamental needs of so many Guatemalans:
- To counter the effects of unsafe water, essential water filters are provided that can be shipped anywhere in the country and are effective for 8-10 years.
- Efficient wood burning eco-stoves are purchase and issued to those with need for them. They vent the toxic fumes out of the home.
- Provide basic medicines such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, dewormer and vitamins.
- We offset malnutrition by providing a protein drink for children called Incaparina and provide food bags for families.
- Bibles and other Christian education materials are distributed to schools and villages.
- We deliver basic School supplies such as pencils, paper, colors, binders, etc.
Where Is Guatemala?
Officially the Republic of Guatemala, the country is home to an estimated 17.58 million people and is located in central America. It is bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. Agriculture and tourism are the primary industries with coffee being the primary export.
Guatemala gained independence from Spain in September,1821 after 300 years of Spanish rule. In 1960 the country fell into a civil war that lasted 36 years, until 1996 when a peace agreement was signed. The conflict left 100,000 people dead and 1 million displaced.
Poverty Level Of The Country
Today, 56 percent of Guatemalans live below the poverty line and 32 percent live on less than $2 a day. In rural areas, 78 percent of indigenous children under the age of 18 live in poverty. 56% live below the poverty line and 32% live on about $2/day. In rural areas, 78% of indigenous children under 18 years, live in poverty.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 20 percent of Guatemalans lack regular access to health care. Chronic malnutrition affects nearly half of the children under 5 years of age.
We Can Never Have Enough Prayer
We encourage you to pray with us for the people and leaders of Guatemala that they put God and Christ first in their lives. Pray that the country can come to grips with the terrible drug situation. Pray that gang violence can be eliminated, or at least greatly reduced. Pray that the hard working poor of Guatemala can be served, not only by us, but by others as well. Pray that we will remain committed to our cause. Pray that we will receive the resources we need to continue serving as God intends us to serve.
Lots of Ways to Get Involved.
With your donations, children like Kathy are able to drink potable water. Help us help them.
Made by Guatemalan Artisans. 100% of the proceeds go toward helping those in need.
We make trips as often as possible and we’d love you to join us. Volunteers are always more than welcome.
We provide several opportunities to become involved in our ministry apart from volunteering. Our outreach services include bible distribution, providing materials to both teachers and students within the public school system. (Often teachers do not have the materials and guides that they need to teach the children their lessons.)
We also provide water filtration, efficient and vented eco wood stoves and simple medicines that frequently are not affordable. These include ibuprofen, acetaminophen, de-wormer, aspirin, et al. Occasionally we will provide prescription meds if a Doctor’s order is presented to us. We have also provided emergency relief to hundred of victims of eruption of the Fuego Volcano near Antigua. In the past we have delivered 100’s of bags of nonperishable food items in partnership with another non-profit working in Guatemala.
Due to covid-19 this event is cancelled until further notice. Sorry!!
Our next 5K will be at Lady Bird Johnson Park in San Antonio, Texas the first Saturday of October, 2020. The date is October 3rd. We will let you know when registration is open.
We will post news about other future events here. We have a Gala in the planning stage, but nothing is yet finalized. Keep watching this space for news.
We are so very grateful to the CJClife BOLD Sisterhood in San Antonio, TX for their generous support that enabled to us to reach our goal of 100 water filters that were recently delivered.
We are also extremely grateful to the Lutheran Women’s Mission Society of Faith Lutheran Church in Branson, MO for thier recent and heartfelt dnations to our clean water project.
Two of our most loyal supporters provided the funds need for this project. The stoves have been delivered and will be installed when the school in the community reopen. See more at VPTG Happenings