Since 1984, HELPS International’s growing community of supporters and staff has been changing lives in Guatemala with extraordinary dedication. Our mission is to provide enduring programs of practical, social and spiritual value to people in the developing world through a system of partnership and mutual responsibility. 

We believe in service

We are guided by a strong commitment to service and the belief that we serve others best by working alongside them as they move toward independence. So we work every day to empower Guatemalans living in poverty with the fundamental tools to build better lives for themselves and their families, physcially and spiritually. We know that handouts don’t work–but helping people help themselves does.

We believe in sustainability

Over 30 years, we have built a strong infrastructure on the ground in Guatemala to ensure consistency and create lasting partnerships with local leaders, churches and civic organizations. We believe it is our moral responsibility to continually develop and improve our products and services to ensure that they are culturally appropriate and of the highest quality. Because sustainability is at the core of everything we do, when you change lives with HELPS, you change them for generations to come.

We believe in scalability

We know that change happens one family at a time, but that doesn’t keep us from thinking big. In order to use our resources most efficiently and effectively, HELPS rigorously evaluates our programs to ensure they add maximum value to communities and can be replicated on a large scale. We don’t just invest in programs–we invest in models for lasting change.