A Children’s Hospital in Guatemala to Receive Much Needed Renovations
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2015) – Sick children receiving care at the Children’s Hospital Juan Pablo II (Hospital Infantil Juan Pablo II) in Mixco, Guatemala, will benefit from a grant to Food For The Poor. Thanks to the support of the American people, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant will be used by Caritas of Guatemala for hospital renovation projects.
For more than three decades, Children’s Hospital Juan Pablo II has served as a beacon of hope for sick children and women in need of prenatal care, but the building is in need of repair. Located just north of Guatemala City, the hospital also provides healthcare training for those within the community.
“Thirty years is a really long time for any structure – but especially a hospital that’s being used around the clock – to go without renovations. Food For The Poor is honored to have this opportunity to help the families in Mixco have continued access to adequate health services by upgrading the facility,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “The American people have a history of generosity. None of this would be possible without their loving support. Thank you.”
The hospital’s renovations will include the installation of a wastewater treatment plant, a new Aluzinc corrugated roof, and drop ceilings. These will greatly improve the condition of the hospital, so that staff continue to provide high quality pediatric and reproductive healthcare.
Children’s Hospital Juan Pablo II opened its doors in March of 1985, two years after Pope John Paul II visited the Central American country. During that visit, he told the people that to serve God is to serve those in need. A year later, construction of the pediatric hospital began and was lovingly named after the man who inspired the people of Guatemala to care for women and children in need.
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans andthe aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
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