Pura Vida Ministries

A nonprofit organization

Creating a brighter future for children in Guatemala


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.


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.

Background Statement

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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Pura Vida Ministries

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)




Organization Size

Medium Organization


7 Poncha Blvd
Salida, CO 81201


9609 S. University Blvd #631370
Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-1370

Service areas

Douglas County, CO, US

Chaffee County, CO, US




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