Pura Vida Ministries

Creating a brighter future for children in Guatemala

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General Information

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Pura Vida Ministries​​​​​​​
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7 Poncha Blvd
Salida, CO 81201
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7 Poncha Blvd
Salida, CO 81201
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9609 S. University Blvd #631370
Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-1370
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Mission Statement

The mission of Pura Vida is to facilitate the sharing of resources with communities in Guatemala in a meaningful, respectful, and long term way. Our primary focus is on providing educational opportunities for children in rural villages through scholarships, tutoring, and support of local schools. We encourage others to work with us as we give our time, knowledge, and resources to help poor rural communities attain a standard of living in which their children can thrive.

Organization History

Pura Vida began in 2003 by funding scholarships for six children from the rural village of Lemoa to attend middle school. Since then, we have sponsored the education of hundreds of students from 10 different villages. We currently have 340 students in our scholarship program, ranging from Kindergarten through university.


We know how much impact your organization has for the people of Guatemala. We love supporting your mission and being a small part of the success of Pura Vida. Keep up the great work you are doing, it is admirable! -- Dale B.

The entire trip was the most amazing experience of my life. -- Cecil R.

All of the Guatemalan representatives are fantastic. Kind, helpful, and hard working. -- Thomas S.

Having the opportunity to meet the incredibly hard-working families at each home was truly an honor. -- Russell W.

Thank you for all you do and the important work that Pura Vida is doing in Guatemala! -- Georgia M.

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