Over 13,000 people live in impoverished communities surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump. Their houses are built out of scraps of garbage. Their children wake up to a harsh reality of disease and malnutrition. Their income and existence is dependent on scavenging.

In 2013, a team of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital physicians and Barrington High School students who were interested in medical careers created a free medical clinic in this community in partnership with Potters House Association.  We began by practicing in community centers and churches, and have now grown into a dedicated clinic space that includes basic lab technology.  Our medicines are generously donated by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and the Centegra Health System.  Our recruitment of physicians and community support is growing.  

HOPE’S IN has now created a MEDICAL ENDOWMENT FUND to help support various Guatemalan nonprofit’s medical initiatives.

We hope to reach a goal of $250,000 in principal to provide enough yearly earnings to allow Potters House, and other organizations, to expand into a fully equipped medical clinic.  Contributing to this fund will help Guatemalan children and family gain access to medical care year round. This is a collaborative process between U.S. doctors and Guatemalan doctors. 


100% of your donation will go towards supporting our sponsorship program that help children living in the Guatemala City garbage dump communities.

To learn more about HOPE’S IN mission and impact, please visit the Our Cause page.


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Grantee Spotlight

Joy Filled Homes is a children’s home for children with special needs that have been removed from their homes by a judge due to abuse or neglect. In 2019, HOPE’S IN gave them a grant to help them purchase anti-seizure medications. HOPE’S IN looks forward to continuing to build a relationship with Joy Filled Homes. We were grateful to take our 2019 summer team to visit them and spend time with the children.