Timeline




Board Meeting


Initial board meeting. Casa Colibrí board members met in Chicago to establish the mission, goals, and guiding principles of the organization.

November 2006




Medical Mission


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.

November 2007




Officially Official


Official not-for-profit status obtained as Casa Colibrí received its 501(c)(3) designation from the U.S. government.

Feburary 2008




Training


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.


August 2008



Opening!


Casa Colibrí clinic was completed and opened to serve the health needs of the indigenous Mayan people of the area.


October 2008



Encephalocele Procedures


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.


December 2008



Training


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.


July 2009



Training


First dental mission. Dentists treated 466 patients. Since then, dental care has been a part of every medical mission.


May 2010



Filtration


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


May 2010



Training


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.


August 2011



Literacy


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.


August 2013



Vision


Vision mission trip. Over 200 patients were given eye exams and received eyeglasses or were scheduled for cataract surgery.


November 2013



Cataract Operations


Cataract surgery mission trip. Seventy satisfied patients had cataracts removed.


January 2014



Microfinancing


First microloans were made to local Mayan entrepreneurs, enabling the startup of successful businesses.


March 2015



Education


First Teachers' Workshop. Ninety teachers received training on ways to make reading fun and selected 35-50 books to establish classroom libraries.


May 2015



Full-Time Care


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.


December 2015