Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán is fundraising for the construction of an annex to the Hospitalito. It will include a blood bank, four new consultations rooms, and the area's first accredited school for nurses.
Only two days left to claim the $50,000 match! As the new annex of the Hospitalito takes shape, please consider donating or spreading the word. Through November 30th, your gift will go twice as far in contributing to construction of the nursing school, blood bank and additional clinic space.
Last week, the Hospitalito was packed as we hosted the International Eye Institute for an Ophthalmology Jornada. In total, the team performed 89 quality of life altering eye surgeries throughout the week.
Speciality care is very limited on the shores of Lake Atitlán, so groups like these create a huge boost in access for the local population while working within our hospital. As with most Opthomology Jornadas, the hallways were packed with patients waiting to have their consults. Although we do our best to adapt other rooms of the hospital to meet this need, it shows us how greatly the additional clinic space in the annex is needed!
*Photo taken with patient’s permission*
Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign thus far! With your help, a little more of the new annex is being constructed each day, and we are now starting to visualize the areas where the nursing school, blood banks and new clinics will be.
One of the best parts of the Hospitalito's location is the amazing view of the San Pedro Volcano. We love how this photo captures the progress we have made in the last three months with San Pedro looming in the distance.
For the next three weeks, donations up to $50,000 will continue to be matched by an anonymous donor. We are grateful for all your support!
On August 12th, the Hospitalito officially broke ground on the new construction. The day was commemorated by a small ceremony attended by staff (some of whom have worked at the hospital since it first opened in 2005), hospital founders, and current and former board members. It included blessings by the local clergy and speeches from the hospital directors and the mayor. It was very special to gather both the past and present members of the Hospitalito family for this momentous occasion. Nursing staff were especially excited for the recognition to their profession.
As of early September, all steel rebar, block, and concrete for the ground floor has been purchased and is on site. Eight footings and columns are up, and the block walls are rising.
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