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 common. Despite a desperate need for medical care, health resources and transportation are scarce. So Partner for Surgery brings life-changing medical services to these underserved areas, while strengthening the 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, its in-country affiliate, Asociación Compañero para Cirugía (run entirely by Guatemalans), trains community members to organize triage events, 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 latest initiative? Assembling a team of international experts lead by George Washington University to research the cause of these birth defects and, ultimately, prevent them. A gift here truly changes lives for good.