Housing, Health Care & Emergency Programs
These types of programs focus on providing more immediate care. Pictured below is the medical team that works in the Novillero clinic. The team consists of a native medical doctor, three native health care professionals, and one Sister of Charity, New York.
Medicines & Health Clinic Support
FTF does not manage or fund clinics, but some FTF donors direct their support for medicines and medical supplies for the clinics that serve the poor in the remote areas of the Highlands.
Medical Projects & Individual Surgery
Photo (left) shows people who have walked in from the mountains in hopes of receiving cataract surgery. FTF has facilitated medical teams to travel to Guatemala for cataract surgeries in the past with great success as well as other surgeries. The photo on the right shows a little boy, Rudy, who's parents were enrolled in the skills training program several years ago. FTF arranged to have the large growth removed from his face.
Building Materials for Housing
Antonio and Catarina have three children, and live in a small house made of tin walls and roof. They have no stove, water, or electricity, and use candles for light. Antonio has an FTF sponsor who helps with tuition for a course to enhance his weaving skills so he can earn more money. He would like to build a more habitable house with a stove, cupboards, and laundry tub. Building materials for a house cost from $1,000 to $1,200, so the $40/mo from Antonio's sponsor is not enough. FTF is working with governmental agencies to help families like Antonio's and donors who want to help may contribute to the FTF housing fund.
This slideshow portrays some of the before and after pictures of families whose new homes have been made possible through FTF.
Latrines, Stoves, and Chimneys
Chimney and stoves are provided to reduce the incidence of lung disease from the smoke of an open cooking fire within the house. To date, over 450 chimneys have been constructed. Photo below (left) shows a smoke-filled room before a chimney is installed and on the right, a new stove and chimney is constructed in the same house.
The availability of latrines has also improved sanitation and living conditions of the poor served by FTF. Over 300 latrines have been constructed thus far by FTF.
Emergency Food & Housing
In 1998, Hurricane Mitch caused massive destruction in the highlands with heavy rains washing out the huts and crops of residents of 10 villages who were living on the steep mountainsides. The refugees moved what little they had up to flatter, but barren and cold land at the 11,000 ft elevation level. FTF helps these families with emergency food, clothing and longer term housing. (Some building materials are from reforestation projects.) Insofar as the families are a long distance from the patches of land they had, FTF is helping them learn some income producing skills, such as weaving, carpentry, and livestock production.
Community & Emergency Centers
FTF encourages families in remote villages to improve and strengthen their communities. The photo shows some of the nearly 100 men who volunteered to help with the cement work to construct a community center for their village. FTF sponsors provided $10,000 in funding to help complete this community project.
When hurricanes and tropical storms batter the mountains of the Highlands, people have no safe haven. FTF worked with the leaders of the remote village of Antigua Ixtahuacan to convert an abandoned municipal structure into an emergency storm center where village residents could go when storms and earthquakes bring rain and mudslides to their village. Within a year after the center was completed, a 7.4 earthquake hit Guatemala and leveled several homes in this village.