Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Who We Are and What We Do

In June, 2010, Pat Duff move to Guatemala with a passion to serve the poor and disabled in this Central American Country.  Since that time, she has founded Reason to Hope, Inc. and now employs a staff of five full-time and two part-time workers.  

Why do we do this?

In the United States, educational and support services for the disabled are readily available--even taken for granted.  Sadly, this is not the case in many parts of the world, including Guatemala.  .

Guatemala is one of the poorest, if not the poorest, country in Latin America. The government provides virtually no services to those with disabilities, and there is no government financial assistance to the poor. We have the sixth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world, and little or no pre-natal care. Many births take place in homes, with the help of only untrained midwives. All of these factors contribute to the high incidence of special needs in this country.

To meet the various needs we found among the disabled in Guatemala we developed five different strategies which we use in our ministry:

Community Living

Casa de Esperanza, and Independent Living Home
located in San Pedro Las Huertas
outside Antigua Guatemala

Education and Discipleship

Three days a week, Pat teaches English at
New Life School in Santa Maria de Jesus,
as well as working with the teachers to improve their teaching methods.

Job Training and Employment

Fidel has started his own small recycling business and
"employs" Moises and Roberto to help with the things he
can't do independently.

Family Support

Through nutritional support and
educational scholarships
we help families prevent disabilities and
care for their children with special needs
in their own homes.

We receive no support or assistance from the Guatemalan government or social services to serve these special individuals.

These ministries are made possible through the donations of our financial partners. One hundred percent of all funds received do directly to the mission field.

If you would like to join us in serving the least of these, you can send a donation to:

Reason to Hope, Inc.
P. O. Box 284
Elkhorn, NE 68022

Or donate on-line at

Reason to Hope, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

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