Giving Goal: $5,000*
*We’re only 10% of the way there…the women and children of Guatemala are relying on you!
We want to offer medical care and intervention to expectant mothers, and to provide food, shelter, basic skills training, and community for our families. Our Maternity Center and clinic are in need of basic medications, and supplies for babies and mothers. Our Dining Halls serve over 200 meals a day and are in need of supplies. Our school will begin classes in January and needs ongoing support.
How could your donation impact the lives of others?
The state of women’s and children’s health in rural Guatemala in 2019 is alarming, particularly the health of women of childbearing years and their infants. In response to this great need, MercyWorks sponsors a network of ministries known collectively as the Bethany Center. A combination of four locations spread throughout rural Guatemala, this mission exists to provide food, healthcare services, education, training, and general support to the poorest of the poor and specifically to women and young children in need in the area.
Nearly 30 out of 1,000 mothers in Guatemala will lose their baby due to a lack of basic education, hygiene, and medical care. And of those children who are safely born, 50% will face chronic malnutrition between the ages of 0-5 and will suffer permanent, long-term physical consequences from the lack of proper nutrition.
Guatemala has some of the poorest outcomes for maternal and infant health across all of Latin America.
Download our eBook to take a deeper look at the current level of availability to safe, accessible, reliable, and affordable care throughout the pregnancy lifecycle and into infancy and childhood.
The Bethany Center is a ministry that serves the poorest of the poor — particularly women and children — in Guatemala. The center is collectively made up of four locations: the central urban center in the city of Coban Alta Verapaz, the Infant and Maternity Center in San Benito Lachua, and two smaller commodores (dining rooms) which serve remote villages in the mountains.
For more than 5 years now, the Bethany Center has supported the women and children of rural Guatemala by offering: hearty meals, medical care and attention, education for young children, training programs that improve women's ability to earn a living, space for Guatemalan families to socialize and build community, and spiritual, mental, and physical refreshment.
Here are just a few of our projects at the Bethany Center: