Mauricio Rosales

“This is the fist time they’ve seen so many blonde people,” laughed Mauricio as he led the group up the hill. Mauricio Rosales is a HELPS employee working for the Home Transformation program, specializing in stove team leadership. He has taken a construction team into...

Dallas Team Leadership

For many HELPS volunteers, the commitment to the cause far exceeds the boundaries of the annual ten days spent in Guatemala. In the smiling faces of the Guatemalan people, they are reminded of why they continue to push forward with efforts towards poverty reduction....

Darkness to Light; a Story of Blind Faith

As Francisco walks out of HELPS’ Eye Clinic and into the sunshine, he sees through tears of joy, the beautiful world around him for the first time in years. Like many Guatemalans, less than fortunate circumstances and events have left Francisco with few...

HELPS Bus Ready for Teams

In November 2010, after some modifications and repairs, the new bus donated to HELPS -The Chicken Bus- was ready for its first ride. All of HELPS Guatemala’s staff,along with Richard Grinnell – HELPS Vice President – went on a field trip to San LucasSacatepéquez and...

Home Transformation

Imagine how good you would feel if you experienced a transformation like the family in these pictures experienced. From a smoke filled, dirt floor home to a clean, bright…

Dr. Boyle’s Story

Over 20 years ago Dr. Phil Boyle, an anesthesiologist from St. Cloud, MN, went on his first HELPS medical trip. At that time, this particular trip to Nebaj was HELPS’ second medical venture thus far. HELPS has brought Dr. Boyle and his services to different...

A Major Milestone: Graduation

On October 28, 2010,  sixteen sixth graders from the William M. Botnan School in Santa Avelina, Guatemala, completed their elementary education.  The upstairs assembly room was filled with proud parents and children dressed in their finest for the two hour ceremony....

Thank You Dan!

Daniel Sanchez, former Medical Team Coordinator, has left the HELPS family to further pursue his career as an oncologist. As a child Daniel spent his summers working on a coffee plantation, which gave him a chance to see life outside of the city and to discover the...

Doug the “MacGyver”

Some of you may remember the t.v. show, “MacGyver”.  You may remember that MacGyver (and his stylish Mullet hair) was the ever-resourceful, secret agent who could disable the nuclear bomb system of an evil empire with a paper clip. A MacGyver on a HELPS Medical or...