Press Advisory: For Immediate Release
September 16, 2011
Contact: Michele Frix
Guatemalan Community Clinic and Education Center opens its doors with support from Washington State nonprofits, donors, and medical professionals
On October 8, 2011, the Monterrico Community Clinic and Education Center (a project of the Guatemala Village Health Project and Healing the Children-- Oregon and Western Washington Chapter), will celebrate its clinic dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony in Monterrico, Guatemala. A delegation of key supporters from the Puget Sound will be traveling to commemorate this event including SIF Program Officer, Michele Frix.
Present at the ceremony will be representatives from supporting institutions including Healing the Children, Rotary Club of Lake Stevens, Rotary Club of Everett Port Gardner, Rotary Club of Vista Hermosa Guatemala, as well as local Guatemalan community members. The community clinic and education center took nearly four years to complete and is a collaborative effort between Puget Sound area groups and local Guatemalan partners. The center will provide community members in Monterrico, and the surrounding villages, with access to healthcare and educational resources to improve their lives.
Monterrico is on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala and has a population of about 22,800. For the community members of Monterrico and the surrounding villages, access to medical attention is limited. The nearest public clinic is nearly two hours away, there is a lack of transportation and patients are often unable to pay medical fees due to levels of extreme poverty.
At the new clinic site, international partners, in conjunction with the local Ministry of Health, will be able to provide a variety of medical services such as: a surgical suite, an acute care center, a birthing center, a pharmacy, dental care, immunizations, a laboratory, and an educational center.
In 2008, Dr. Jennifer Hoock (MD/MPH) founded the Guatemala Village Health Project with colleagues at Healing the Children and in collaboration with in-country partner, Centro Cristiano Cultural de Guatemala (CCCG). This program has grown through support from the Group Health Foundation, various Washington State Rotary chapters, and the Seattle International Foundation. These collaborative efforts led to the construction of the community clinic and education center, serving thousands of community members. In addition, dozens of medical professionals from the Puget Sound area have traveled to Guatemala to volunteer their services.
The Seattle International Foundation has provided support to Healing the Children for the Monterrico Community Clinic and Education Center since 2009.
Healing the Children envisions a world where every child has access to good medical care. Healing the Children has a national office and 13 chapters around the US providing access to donated medical care for impoverished children of the world. For more information about the Monterrico Community Clinic and Education Center, please contact Ann Anderst, Executive Director of Healing the Children and President of the Rotary Club of Everett Port Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and development efforts from the Pacific Northwest and to serve as a resource to our community. Since 2008, SIF has provided over $5 million in financial support to local Washington State nonprofits, working to alleviate poverty around the world.