While Paramedics for Children began in Honduras, it’s only natural that our mission has expanded into Guatemala. After all: the border is only three-and-a-half miles as the crow flies from our Copán Ruinas headquarters, and the Chortí Maya, who make up the largest part of the people we serve, live on both sides of the border. In fact, there are more Chortí Maya in Guatemala than in Honduras. As the Maya take no notice of the political border, moving freely back and forth between villages and countries, we also are moving with them.
No one has worked harder in that effort than our VP Silvana Ayuso. Though we have had no official Guatemalan headquarters other than her home office, or her briefcase as she travels, Paramedics for Children has brought many of its programs to a variety of locations throughout Guatemala. This year should mark the first of our permanent clinics opening in Guatemala.