Three out of every four: in rural Guatemala, that’s how many indigenous Mayans live in poverty. Half the children under five are chronically malnourished and birth abnormalities are very common. But despite a desperate need for medical care, health resources and transportation are scarce. So Partner for Surgery brings life-changing medical care to these underserved areas – and perhaps more importantly, strengthens communities’ ability to provide healthcare on their own. Here’s how it works: PfS provides financial and organizational support (and program monitoring) and recruits international surgical teams. Meanwhile, it builds local resources through its in-country affiliate, Asociación Compañero para Cirugía (run entirely by Guatemalans), which trains community members to organize triage events, schedule surgeries, escort patients to surgical sites, and provide post-operative community resources. A network of more than 5,000 local midwives helps identify infants in need of immediate care (almost half of PfS surgeries are pediatric, many for cleft lip and palate). The ultimate goal? A strong, community-based health care structure that can stand on its own. You can help lay the foundation.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: Internationally; Guatemala
Age Groups Served: Infants; Pre-K; Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult
Ethnic Groups Served: Latino/Hispanic, 10%; Native American, 90%
Population(s) Served: All
Combined Federal Campaign Number: 11624
Awards & Recognition
April 2011 - Frank Peterson, President and Co-Founder, awarded the Rotary International's highest honor-- Service Above Self Award. Jansson, ( a Johnson and Johnson co.)recognized our Guatemalan organization, Companero para Cirgia, with "Best in Latin America" award 2014.
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- The current budget for Partner for Surgery is: Less than $500k
About the Catalogue for Philanthropy
The Catalogue selected us as one of its featured charities! Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $29 million for charities across Greater Washington.