Mission Statement
In response to Christ's call to share with our sisters and brothers, Mission Partners Guatemala exists to support poverty relief, healthcare, educational and ministry efforts in Guatemala.
HISTORY OF MISSION PARTNERS
Mission Partners Guatemala was formed to support various ministry efforts in Guatemala. This effort was formed out of a relationship among the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Cincinnati, the parish of San Jose, in Mixco, a former Comboni mission in Guatemala organized by Fr. Bill Jansen, and other groups. As a result of dialogue with Sister Sarah Mulligan, a group of individuals became committed to supporting poverty relief, healthcare, educational and ministry efforts in Guatemala. These individuals formed Mission Partners Guatemala to further these goals.

Activities of Mission Partners Guatemala
Mission Partners Guatemala will provide support for, and partner with, international, national, and Guatemalan organizations working to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable members of Guatemalan society. Mission Partners will finance projects in Guatemala that provide healthcare services, education, religious ministry or other relief efforts. Organizations wishing to receive support from Mission Partners are required to submit a grant application addressing the purposes of the project, the anticipated achievements of the project, and a project budget. After a grant is awarded, the recipient will account to Mission Partners Guatemala for the use of the funds. Grant award recipients and
amounts are determined by the Board of Directors.
Overview of Guatemala
Guatemala is the largest country in Central America (slightly smaller than Tennessee) with a total population of over 13 million people. The country is plagued by poverty, malnutrition, and lack of healthcare, education, water, credit and employment opportunities. Sixty-five percent of Guatemalans living in rural areas suffer from a lack of access to these valuable resources. With an average wage of $400/month, up to ninety percent of the population lives below poverty level. 

Peace accords were signed in 1996 ending a 36 year civil war, which led to the death or disappearance of more than 200,000 people. The war displaced over one million people. Despite the peace accords, human rights issues and violations continue in Guatemala. The country also frequently faces natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and flooding.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

​Lois Jean Goettke, SC
​lois@missionpartnersguatemala.com

PUBLIC RELATIONS

​Beth Ann Finn
beth@missionpartnersguatemala.com

SECRETARY

​Bill Magness
bill@missionpartnersguatemala.com



AT LARGE

​Wes Ledyard
wes@missionpartnersguatemala.com


GRANT DISTRIBUTION

​Brigitte Foley
brigitte@missionpartnersguatemala.com

AT LARGE

​Jackie Kowalski, SC
jackie@missionpartnersguatemala.com



AT LARGE

​James Rozel
james@missionpartnersguatemala.com