Mayan Families

Rating: 4.95 stars   373 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International

Location: 2609 Hartford St San Diego CA 92110 USA

Mission: Mayan Families provides opportunities and assistance to the indigenous and impoverished people of Guatemala, through education and community development programs. Vision Mayan Families operates on the principle that all people should have access to the basic necessities of life. We strive to accomplish our goals through working democratically with the communities we serve.
Results: Over 2,800 Students sponsored to go to school in 2012! Hundreds of Micro Loans given out to impoverished Indigenous Mayan Women. Thousands of Water Filters given out to Indigenous Families. 6 Preschools running year round that feed and educate numerous malnourished children. 6 years of Spay and Neuter Clinics in rural Guatemala and so much more! Please go to our web site at www.mayanfamilies.org
Target demographics: Indigenous Maya people in Guatemala
Direct beneficiaries per year: Tens of thousands
Geographic areas served: Guatemala
Programs: Education Student Sponsorship Sponsor a Student General Education Sewing Classes Community Programs Family Aid Sponsor a Family Elderly Feeding Program Holiday Tamale Baskets Healthy Families Animal Welfare Sponsor a Dog or Puppy Chickens Onil and other Fuel Efficient Stoves Water Filters Micro Finance and Micro Loans Construction Mayan Families Kids and Teens Sports program
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EIN 20-8433997
619-550-2608
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered and am a donor with Mayan Families. The reason i love this group and will continue working with them for the rest of my life is because of the tireless desire to help everyone they possibly can. MF spend as much money as physically possible on their programs with minimal spent on overheads, fancy offices, caras , homes or their own lifestyle. The only thing I would change would be concentrating on the current projects and not taking on any new o es for at least a couple of years.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing nutrition and education to hundreds of Mayan children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See above. No new projects. Consolidate and enhance current projects.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

A professional full time project coordinator

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

More compassionate towards humanity and further understanding of other cultures.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Humbled

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

This orgainization does amazing things for children and families in Guatemala-who would otherwise not have the essentials and education Myan Families provides. Consider a donation, it really does make a difference.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know of people who have benefitted from this organization and have acquantances who have volunteered their time with Mayan Families as well----What a blessing to have them around to help those in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more people donate to them to help more people.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my volunteer work and position as a service trip coordinator.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow them to have more resources to continue their work.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more corporate and group donations and commitments.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

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Rating: 4 stars  

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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