2016 Service Trip: Santo Domingo Xenacoj and Chimaltenango

Glasses for Guatemala completed a successful fourth trip to Guatemala in early August 2016. We brought down 1800 eyeglasses and performed 200+ visual acuity tests, while teaching local volunteers how to distribute the remainder. This trip’s batch of delivered eyeglasses brought the total glasses donated since inception of the organization to over 9,000 pairs!!! Making such a measureable impact proliferates the quality of life for so many people. Thanks to our Guatemalan partners, Concejo Ecuménico Cristiano de Guatemala and all of the volunteers who made both clinics run smoothly. This trip wouldn't have been possible without help from our donors and the friends of G4G.

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1st Day: Santo Domingo

After flying into Guatemala, Garred Greenberg and Michael Harris set up the first clinic of the trip at Santo Domingo Xenacoj, a Mayan university. The team of volunteers fit 111 people with eyeglasses and ended up having to turn people away towards the end of the day due to the level of demand.

2nd Day: Chimaltenango

On the second day, the team set up in a municipal building of a more distant town. According to Garred they “identified bottlenecks from the previous day and figured out how to be a lot more efficient." The team fit 100 people with glasses, but in several less hours, having to leave time to travel back. The additional glasses that were not fitted during the two days of the trip were left with Concejo Ecumenico for distribution.

August 1, 2016