Initial board meeting. Casa Colibrí board members met in Chicago to establish the mission, goals, and guiding principles of the organization.
First medical mission to NW Guatemala. Some 800 patients were seen and treated in the clinic building which was still under construction. Since then, 29 medical/dental teams have served in Guatemala.
Official not-for-profit status obtained as Casa Colibrí received its 501(c)(3) designation from the U.S. government.
First training course for traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Forty TBAs received 2 days of training and were given supplies to support healthy births. Since then, Casa Colibrí has trained over 400 TBAs.
Casa Colibrí clinic was completed and opened to serve the health needs of the indigenous Mayan people of the area.
First encephalocele repair. A 2-year-old Mayan girl and her family were brought to the U.S. where a team of surgeons successfully repaired her encephalocele. Casa Colibrí is currently working with 9 other Mayan children in need of this life-changing surgery.
First training course for village health promoters. Fifteen village health promoters were trained in basic health-care practices and provided with medication and supplies, allowing them to provide better care for the indigenous people of their villages. Since then, a total of 98 village health promoters have been trained.
First dental mission. Dentists treated 466 patients. Since then, dental care has been a part of every medical mission.
First water filters provided, enabling the 25 families of Nuevo Edén to have clean drinking water. Since then, 505 water filters have been given to families, schools, and churches, providing clean water for 13 villages
Started supporting the nursing education of a local indigenous man at the University of San Carlos in Quetzaltenango. When his education is completed, this nurse will serve the Mayan community by working at the Casa Colibrí Clinic.
Reach Out and Read program launched in 13 villages after a successful 5-year pilot program in San Francisco Momonlac. This program provides 10 books to each of 280 children, starting at 6 months of age and continuing until they are 5 years old, so that they start kindergarten ready to read and ready to succeed.
Vision mission trip. Over 200 patients were given eye exams and received eyeglasses or were scheduled for cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery mission trip. Seventy satisfied patients had cataracts removed.
First microloans were made to local Mayan entrepreneurs, enabling the startup of successful businesses.
First Teachers' Workshop. Ninety teachers received training on ways to make reading fun and selected 35-50 books to establish classroom libraries.
Mateo graduates and becomes the clinic’s first full-time medical practitioner on staff! This was a huge accomplishment in turning Casa Colibrí from an emergency care clinic to one which could help promote everyday health of the communities we serve.