Dear Friends of Enfoque Ixcán

Dear Friends of Enfoque Ixcán

This is Rosa. She lives in Ixcán, Guatemala. She has raised her children and grandchildren there. One of her daily chores is to strip the corn cornels from the cobs and then carry them to the village corn grinder to make dough for tortillas. As she has aged, her eye...

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What is the Cost of Blindness?

What is the Cost of Blindness?

A recent patient at our new clinic in Ixcán, Guatemala, was Sebastian. Sebastian is 73 years old and is functionally blind due to very dense cataracts. He is unable to see faces, shapes or colors. He only has light perception. You might imagine how this limits his...

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My Friend, Manuel, Needs Our Help

My Friend, Manuel, Needs Our Help

Manuel could use our help. Cataracts have dimmed his vision to shapes and shadows, only. He never had access to eye care, nor the income to afford even a pair of eye glasses. It’s been nearly 40 years since Manuel could see to read, but he still remembers how to read. He looks forward to the day when he can read his Bible again, and the local newspaper. The good news is that you have the power to change his life. Will you consider a donation to help restore Manuel’s eyesight?

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You Got Us This Far!

You Got Us This Far!

I have some exciting news to share with you today. Enfoque Ixcán is in the final stages of making our dream a reality: building our own permanent eye clinic in the Ixcán! Arriving at this moment has involved quite the journey. Seven ago, we began planning and...

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US Foreign Policy and Enfoque Ixcán

US Foreign Policy and Enfoque Ixcán

Hang on folks while I make the connection. You may have read or seen on the news that Vice President Harris was in Guatemala on Monday hoping to find some answers as to how to keep Guatemalans from going north and crossing our southern border. Political leaders have...

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A Day in the Life…

A Day in the Life…

People often ask me, “What’s life like for the people living in Ixcán, Guatemala.” Here is a post card view: It’s 5:30 a.m. and still mostly dark in the Ixcán village of Eduardo and Julita, but both of them are starting their day. The roosters are crowing. It’s...

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Rest in peace, Marlon Garcia

Rest in peace, Marlon Garcia

Marlon Garcia, a tall and muscular health care worker in Ixcán, Guatemala, was a good friend of Enfoque Ixcán, our eye care project. Marlon knew the value access to eye care has for the people of Ixcán. Marlon helped us set up training workshops with the Ixcán nurses and he advocated for us as we planned the construction of our new clinic.

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THE PEOPLE OF IXCÁN NEED YOUR HELP

THE PEOPLE OF IXCÁN NEED YOUR HELP

Dear Friend of Enfoque Ixcan, I greet you warmly, hoping that you are finding ways to stay safe, healthy, and in good spirits despite our challenging times. From Oregon to Guatemala and across the world, people are facing the coronavirus crisis at the same time.  We...

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