Nursing Heart Friends,
It is very important to us that we respect and follow the laws and guidelines required of those who are providing care for people in Guatemala. That was one of the reasons why almost two years ago now Nursing Heart became an official association in Guatemala. The government is very concerned, and rightly so, about money laundering. Therefore, we thought it was in our best interest to do our work as a verifiable organization rather than relying on our partners to secure our legal status.
This year the Health Department has mandated some changes for non-governmental organizations like ourselves that requires us to document and seek permissions for services provided to communities. It is a couple more hoops to jump through but we take these things on because so many people need the services we provide.
We value our partnerships built on mutual trust and respect. This week the team was assuring the new San Martin Health Director of our intentions to follow through on all that is required. An email doesn’t cut it. We had to go and be present to assure the director that we will support her in her work and she can trust us. This is the way we make real our rhetoric: “Building partnerships that foster public health and hope.”
Our season officially gets underway in the first week of October as we welcome back our friends from the University of South Dakota. They will be installing nine stoves in San Lorenzo El Cubo. If you’d like to support them by donating a high-efficiency wood burning stove, click HERE.
Our General Campaign is continuing. We are seeking 50 new monthly patrons of our work. We appreciate whatever you can do. Five dollars a month can make a big difference.
If you are a nurse practitioner and would like to join us for the FAU group on November 3-10, we have space for at least two more. We would appreciate your help very much. Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Also our annual Friends of Nursing Heart program is scheduled for January 26-February 2. This program is open to nurses and others. We will be doing a building project and clinics during the week. It’s always a very special time. Click to learn more.
Learn more about our work at nursingheart.org.