World Link Partners was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation by Beth and Marlin Dearden in 1997. Their work builds upon over 30 years of traveling, living and working in developing countries. These experiences allowed them to witness the widespread poverty and needs. It also provided them valuable knowledge of what we call “development”… what works and what doesn’t. Their goal now is to be a voice on behalf of these people.
In 2002, the Deardens moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. While in Mongolia, they along with Mila Layne of the American Embassy, established the Street Children’s Center—a non-residential center that provided education and meals for street children and children at high risk. For their work in Mongolia they received the "Order of the Polar Star", the highest award given for service by the Mongol nation.
In 2006 the Deardens moved to Guatemala. This has provided numerous opportunities to meet project directors, visit the projects, evaluate them, and establish partnerships.
Lauren Foulger became the Director in 2011. Lauren has a Public Health degree and background and she has worked internationally in several developing countries. However she became committed to working in Guatemala when on a 2 month assignment with WHO she witnessed the poverty and tremendous health and educational needs among the Maya in Alta Verapaz.