Mission

Our mission is to work in partnership with the indigenous in rural Guatemala to establish and oversee programs that provide health and hygiene education to children under 5 years of age and women of reproductive age.

Meet the Founder,
Sandy Haggart

After growing up in La Jolla, CA, I received my B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University. My husband Gil and I live in Glenview, IL, having raised our family there.
My passion for Guatemala began 18 years ago on a medical mission trip, as a non-medical volunteer, fluent in Spanish. I was swept away by the country and its incredible people. In spite of their astonishing poverty, they remain hopeful, happy and appreciative. I have returned every year with the highpoint being the adoption of out Guatemalan granddaughter. In this poorest of Central American countries, 98% of the water is non-potable, and malnourishment is epidemic. Birth defects and numerous health concerns are the result. Feed the Dream is the program I created to “give back” to a country that has given so much to us. We became a 501(c) (3) in November, 2004, and began our “seed money” campaign immediately. Shortly thereafter, our project began in its first location of Santa Cruz La Laguna on the shores of Lake Atitlan. We were able to expand to more Lake villages and elsewhere with 23 preschools in the Chimaltenango area, making a total of 18 villages and reaching out to 2200+, and 17,600 exponentially. By the end of 2017, 37 villages have graduated to self-sustainability, our mutual goal! We continually participate with new villages. In addition we also nourished hundreds of babies to prepare them for successful cleft lips and palate surgeries. See highlights on homepage

Program

To implement our program we:

  • Provide balanced meals to children under 5 years of age and to women of reproductive age
  • Supply children’s vitamins and also prenatals with the crucial folic acid
  • Educate women on the importance of nutrition and hygiene
  • Where applicable, establish and oversee a nutritional center with community and/or family gardens including training to stimulate cultivation of diversified crops and to use food locally available to improve their diet

Volunteer
Board of Directors

Sandy Haggart, Founder, Glenview, IL
Justine Cody, Winnetka, IL
Gil Haggart, Glenview, IL
Coleen Reedy, Wilmette, IL
Lee Seftenberg, Glencoe, IL
C. J. Sultz, Glenview, IL
Alison Winslow, Kenilworth, IL

Volunteer
Advisory Board

Frank B. Chauner, Northbrook, IL
Holly Clark, Louisville, KY
Wendy H. Ferguson, Winnetka, IL
Dr. Wilson H. Hartz III, Chicago, IL
Katy Knoer, Birmingham, MI
Donna McKay, Winnetka, IL
Sue Patterson, Antigua, Guatemala
Scott W. Petersen, Chicago, IL