Guatemala SANA Children’s Project was founded in 2009 to help support the work of Dr. Rafael Espada who was a heart surgeon in Houston, Texas.  He returned to his homeland in 2008 to serve as Vice President of Guatemala.


SANA provides healthcare and education services in Santa Maria de Jesus, a town of 30,000 Mayan citizens.  The town lacks sufficient electricity and clean water.  There are limited educational opportunities and employment.  All citizens suffer from some form of malnutrition.  More than half of the people live in bamboo huts with dirt floors and no running water.


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SANA provides a healthcare clinic offering medical and dental services.  We operate a preschool to teach children Spanish so they may enter school.  We also provide assistance in the community with food bags and healthy stoves.

​Santa Maria is located in the mountains south of Guatemala City on the side of the Agua Volcano at 6,800 feet above sea level.  Guatemala is only a 2-1/2 hour flight from Houston, Texas, but Santa Maria exists in conditions similar to the 1800s in the United States.

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Our Board of Directors:


Becky Lanier, Co-Founder and Chairman

Dr. Rafael Espada, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman

Grace Thee, Secretary-Treasurer

Rose Baglia, Executive Director


Donna Bolt, Member

Brady Edwards, Member

Nicole Kuppersmith, Member

Richard Meadow, Member