|Inter-American Health Alliance (IAHA)
Through a rights-based, inclusive approach to health care IAHA fosters cross-sector collaboration and provides financial and technical support to establish self-sustaining Guatemala-based community health projects serving neglected populations. IAHA was founded in 2004 to provide financial and technical support to Primeros Pasos and additional health organizations in Guatemala. To date, IAHA raises funds to cover roughly 60% of Primeros Pasos’ operating budget each year.
|Doctors for Global Health
Doctors for Global Health (DGH) is a private, not-for-profit organization promoting health, education, art and other human rights throughout the world. DGH is comprised of hundreds of health professionals, students, educators, artists, attorneys, engineers, retirees and others. Together with Primeros Pasos, they build long-term relationships between people and communities around the world to find effective solutions to social justice issues.
EntreMundos is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which supports and helps local community NGOs in Guatemala increase their capacities while respecting their principles and values. EntreMundos is an intermediary which facilitates and connects organisations and volunteers, both national and international, with the objective of maximising the impact of each organization.
Quetzaltrekkers, a non-profit trekking company was founded in 1995 as a means of self-substainable, grassroots fundraising for the Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC), a school for street children in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. They provide guide services for various treks throughout the highlands of Guatemala, and the proceeds from these treks provide the main source of funding for their programs, EDELAC and Hogar Abierto, a home that offers a safe, abuse-free environment for children that either lack families capable of providing the same quality of care or have families living outside of a district in which basic education is available. Students from EDELAC and the Hogar Abierto receive free health care and health education from Primeros Pasos as part of our Children’s Health Education Program. Furthermore, Quetzaltrekker guides receive free first aid training from Primeros Pasos and in exchange Primeros Pasos’ volunteers get a 50% discount on treks.
|Habitat for Humanity Guatemala
Primeros Pasos and Habitat for Humanity Guatemala have collaborated to carry out the Healthy Homes Project, a joint collaboration which provided the beneficiaries of the Primeros Pasos 2012 & 2014 Nutrition Recuperation Program with water filters, clean burning stoves, latrines, as well as much needed home construction and even new homes. Funded by the Australian Embassy in 2012 and the New Zealand Embassy in 2014, the Healthy Homes Project focused on home-based solutions in order to help prevent illnesses and improve the overall health of entire families. Thanks to this partnership, 45 beneficiary families now not only have the health education but also the fundamental necessities to lead healthy lifestyles!
|The Flying Doctors
Medical Fair 2014
Primeros Pasos is happy to welcome the Flying Doctors to our clinic for the week of 7/28. In coordination with the Flying Doctors, Primeros Pasos has organized a special Medical Week to serve the residents of the Palajunoj Valley. The group includes general practitioners, gynecologists, optometrists, dentists, pediatricians, and even physical therapists! So far, we’ve seen approximately 200 patients per day. It’s an incredible week: the clinic is overflowing with patients and everyone has the chance to share knowledge, ideas and culture.