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Sangre de Cristo

Since 1995 Sangre de Cristo has been providing quality personalized health care with compassion. Today, five medical clinics, fives pharmacies, two dental clinics and extensive outreach programs serve communities and public schools near San Pedro Ayampuc and Chinautla that otherwise would go without.

In a country where there is only one doctor for every 10,000 individuals and access to care is rare, Sangre de Cristo is literally saving and changing lives.

 While families are asked to pay a small fee, less than less than two dollars, to access needed care; no one is denied service when unable to pay.

Recognized as one of the top non-profit health and education organizations in Guatemala by The Juan Bautista Gutierrez Foundation, Sangre de Cristo delivers what others don’t.

2017 Highlights

By The Numbers 

21,663

MEDICAL CONSULTS

Patient visits across five clinics.

2,926

DENTAL VISITS

Patient checkups in two clinics.

7,951

TREES PLANTED

The reforestation program teaches and protect vital resources.

12,390

DENTAL EDUCATION

Students in 55 schools taught dental hygiene.

18,650

PHARMACY VISITS

Prescriptions filled at five community pharmacies.

2,567

STUDENTS TREATED

Students in 14 schools given weekly fluoride treatments.

13,846

CONSERVATION EDUCATION

Primary & secondary students taught environmental curriculum.

2,321

MEDICAL OUTREACH 

Patients benefitted from 48 community  medical outreach programs.  

PAST PROJECTS

2015

LA LAGUNETA CLINIC

This new clinic means more than just additional space and new equipment. The construction and investment of a new clinic is a sign of commitment to the community of La Laguneta that the care and support they need are there to stay.

2011

LA LEYENDA CLINIC

In partnership with Sangre de Cristo, construction of a new clinic was overall health of children and families in the surrounding community. That means each family can get and stay healthier faster and longer, students miss less school, parents work more and earn more. Those are just the dramatic beginnings of the change can occur with a clinic like this.

2011

WATER FILTRATION PLANT

Grace Centre partnered with a local church in La Leyenda to bring clean water in respond to the lack of municipal infrastructure to provide a safe water source for the community.

2010

SAN JOSE NACAHUIL CLINIC & PHARMACY

Provides affordable medical care and access to medicines to members of this 100% Mayan village.  An alternative for families of the area was an exhausting and expensive trip to the capital Guatemala City, where the cost of seeing a doctor is often not an option for the impoverished residents of San Jose.

La Laguneta Health Care Clinic

A large airy waiting room welcomes patients to the clinic, which also has a restroom. The waiting area opens up to a hallway providing access to the different areas of the clinic. A nurse’s room is where patients will have the first contact with services. This room will be large enough for initial exams and can also accommodate patient files. Across the hall is the pharmacy. There are two private consultation rooms for doctors. Next to the pharmacy is the medical lab. Finally, in the rear of the building, there are cleaning and maintenance areas. 

We anticipate the medical clinic, laboratory, and pharmacy areas will serve more than 17,000 people on an annual basis. In addition, this facility provides support for the dental health education program, reaching more than 18,125 students each year along with the “healthy habits” program that includes 1,000 students from four public schools.

La Leyenda Clinic

Grace Centre projects like this clinic are a catalyst to improve the overall health of children and families in the surrounding community. That means each family can get and stay healthier faster and longer, students miss less school, parents work more and earn more. Those are just the dramatic beginnings of the change can occur with a clinic like this.

The dream of a brand new health clinic at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in La Leyenda is now complete. In February 2011, construction began on the one-story clinic will provide more space for community members and healthcare providers. In partnership with medical NGO, Sangre de Cristo, who will staff and maintain the clinic we successfully completed fundraising and building the clinic. It features include a larger shaded waiting area, a pharmacy, a pre-consult room and two consultation rooms, public restroom, and laundry and storage facilities. Construction was done in such a way that a second floor may be added in the future.

 We are so grateful for the support and donations to make this clinic possible. This clinic is making an important impact in the lives of the people of La Leyenda and the surrounding areas.

 

 

Water Filtration Plant

Grace Centre, in collaboration with the local church of San Pedro, has initiated a Clean Water Project for San Pedro because of lack of sanitary drinking water. Unpurified, the water in San Pedro is contaminated with E. Coli and other bacteria that cause severe illness in children and in the worst cases chronic malnutrition. The water treatment plant provides a viable source of clean water for the community, and help eliminate the devastating effects of impure water in bodies of young children and families of the area.

In 2011, Grace Centre assisted the local church, Our Lady of the Rosary, by funding the construction of a water filtration system for the area residents of San Pedro Ayampuc. This project empowers the church to bring hope and healing to the poorest of the poor in this destitute area of Guatemala City, northeast of the city center.

The village was established as a survivors camp in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. What began as an bare land with no services, has grown to 45,000 residents. The community still lacks basic municipal infrastructure, including sewer systems.The children of this area suffer from dysentery and other health problems due to contaminated water.

To get the plant built, Grace Centre collaborated with Aqua Quimica Guatemalteca, a company that provides purification solutions without damaging the environment. Land was purchased and donated to the church, and construction of the water purification plant was a source of hope and healing to the residents of San Pedro, made possible by donor generosity.

San Jose Nacahuil Clinic & Pharmacy

This vitally needed Grace Centre Clinic was developed in partnership with the Mission church of San Jose and provides affordable medical care and access to medicines to members of this 100% Mayan village. An alternative for families of the area was an exhausting and expensive trip to the capital Guatemala City, where the cost of seeing a doctor is often not an option for the impoverished residents of San Jose.

The Grace Centre Clinic provides a doctor and nurse staff, and a pharmacy to provide affordable medication to the population.

The Clinic averages about 25-30 medical clinic visits per day of operation. It also holds special programming days to help prevent and treat chronic malnutrition, performs minor surgeries, dental extractions, and diabetes screenings.