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February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

I have worked with Mayan Families as a donor, volunteer, and am currently coordinating a service trip with them. There are a couple of things that truly impress me. First and foremost, their desire to help others that face a life of limited opportunities and resources. Second, they understand the importance of education - whether in school age children, older students, or teaching women a skill (i.e., sewing) - so that they will have more choices and be empowered in their lives. Third, while they understand that education and skill training is important, they understand you must meet the basic needs of food and shelter at the same time. The Mayan Families staff works tirelessly to help others - even when their own families might be suffering (i.e., tropical storm devastation). As a result of their hard work and ability to "show" donors (through pictures and stories) what they are accomplishing, they have been able to attract many more donors and volunteers. This allows them to continue furthering their work. Last, and maybe most importantly, I have witnessed the manner in which the founders and staff do their work. It is in a humble manner and endears them to the Guatemalan people.

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my volunteer work and position as a service trip coordinator.

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allow them to have more resources to continue their work.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Mayan Families does amazing work in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala for impoverished Mayan kids and their families. Providing food, clothing, school scholarships, medical aid, housing, elder care, stoves, water filters and so much more. I'm constantly amazed at what they accomplish with such a small staff.

In addition, Mayan Familes' goal of transparency is second to none. Not only do my husband and I get updated pictures of the kids we sponsor for school, but pictures of all the kids and families at event after event--a new preschool is opened and we're treated to dozens of pictures of the opening. A family gets a new house and we see the pictures. When "our family receives a tamale baskets at Christmas, we see their picture taken with their basket. When the kids get their school supplies, again their pictures are taken. My husband and I know exactly where our donation is going. And we get that wonderful connection of knowing more about "our" kids and "our" families.

Thank you Mayan Families! You guys are the best!

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I've seen the children's report cards and watch as they progress from one grade to the next.

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Get more corporate and group donations and commitments.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Mayan families is an amazing organization that has done some great work to support families in meaningful ways in the Guatemalan state of Solola, where my daughter's birth family lives. When you donate to Mayan Families, you get to see your donation make a real difference. I know first hand how great the need in that region is and they are an organization that is making a deliberate and effective impact in the lives of many Guatemalan families.

In addition, when my family was visiting my daughter's birth family in the region, my son became ill. The Mayan Families staff helped get us to a pharmacy where we could buy the medicine we needed to help him.

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See my story above -- they helped my family when we were in Guatemala. I have seen first hand the difference they have made.

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broaden its reach. If only they could replicate what Mayan Families is doing across Guatemala, the country would be a healthier, safer place.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

An amazing charity... we need more like them to help all the children in Guatemala!

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February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I recently spent a month in Panajachel, Guatemala and visited Mayan Families. Dwight, the director, spoke with our small group about the work of Mayan Families. I was especially impressed by the 360 degree approach that this organization uses to address the poverty of the local Mayan population. Their efforts at fund raising is word of mouth and their gratitude for even the smallest of gifts was truly inspiring. Dwight enthusiastically commented that even a $25 gift from a friend of mine would make a huge difference in their work. Their initiative to support children in going to school is a critical aspect of their work . Educating the children is the only possibility of creating a future for them that isn't one of total poverty, and malnutrition.

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I personally visited the organization in Panajachel and met several of the staff . I experienced directly the commitment and the enthusiasm of the director and the indepth knowledge he had of the needs of the Mayan population in the area.

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I don' t think I have enough experience with the organization to suggest changes.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

I first became involved with Mayan Families in 2006 and I was able to visit with them and my sponsored student a few months later. I was fortunate to return last year to spend a week volunteering with them and I cannot praise them enough for their hard work, long hours and above all, their caring personal commitment with such upbeat can do attitudes among so much poverty and despair. It’s been a pleasure to watch them grow as an organization and expand their programs to help so many indigenous poor in both short term and permanent ways.

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I have seen the results of this organization while visiting the areas that they serve and with my sponsored students and their families. There are obvious improvements in the living conditions and overall their health as well as the continued education of so many children that otherwise would not have such an opportunity. I’m happy to say that one of their rescued pups is now a member of our family.

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I wouldn’t change the organization, Mayan Families does a wonderful job, the one thing holding them back from being even greater is FUNDING. With the proper funding they could give more people the tools needed to break the cycle of poverty by replicating their already successful programs in other area communities and by reaching more people within the communities that they already serve.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

I love all the hard work Mayan Families does. I especially like how they keep someone like me informed of what is happening and how I can help

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I learned about the desperate state of Mayan families and even the dogs

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February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

Mayan family’s is amazing! The people who run this organization are true angels. They care about everyone from children, the elderly, adults and animals. I have been to Guatemala three times and have seen the poverty that exists. So many of this Mayan family’s have hope knowing that a sponsor may be found for their child or that a child’s ill parent may be able to seek medical treatment. Perhaps you may be a Mayan family that is fortunate enough to receive a Mother’s day basket, Christmas basket, education for your children, a mattress to sleep on, food to eat, a stove, a filter so that you may have clean water to drink from. These are all things we take for granite, but Mayan family’s help provide these items to the most needy family’s. There is no better gift than helping someone in need and I know my donations are spent accordingly and updates are always provided on their web-site and through e-mail. Please help Mayan family’s continue to do God’s will.

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Knowing that my donations are spent for those most in need and receiving news and updates via web-site.

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Nothing

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

We love this charity, it is amazing! They give us so many opportunities to provide food and other necessities to people in need in Guatemala. They provide pictures showing the people receiving the food so you really know who you are helping. I adopted a child from Guatemala six years ago and have been working with Mayan Families ever since. They are a blessing.

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Seeing a students life, and their family's life change.

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Give it all the money it could use to do more good work.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

While visiting Guatemala with some friends from another NGO, we were fortunate to spend an afternoon with Mayan Families, learning about their work. Hearts of Gold!! They give their all to the poor people of Guatemala, helping in a wide variety of ways. We visited a sewing center where the women not only learn a trade, but are given a sewing machine upon graduation so they have the tools needed to support themselves through their work. This is true sustainable development work.

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I volunteer with another NGO who helps support the work of Mayan Families. We've provided funding for pigs and chickens, sewing machines, and other projects

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Keep up the good work!

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