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February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I have been sponsoring a student through Mayan Families for 3 years now and I can tell you that this is a top notch organization. They are always available to answer questions, and they frequently make post related to your sponsored student/family on the sponsor webpage in order to kee you up to date. I haven't gone to visit yet, however I plan to do so this fall. I am able to see how my sponsorship and this organization are making a difference in the lives of the indigenous Mayan people of Guatemala.

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

the updates and progress reports that they post related to my sponsored student/family

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

nothing

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I was referred to Mayan Families when visiting a friend in Panajachel, Guatemala and I have continued to be impressed with the commitment of their volunteers & staff and breadth of their programs: from educating & feeding school children to caring for the elderly and filling the gaps in between (warm blankets, stoves, water filters, medicine to mention only a few) Mayan Families does an admirable job with very little. And, they have not forgotten animals which shows the depth of their compassion. I am honored to support their work.

Jan Bryan

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

I continue to receive school report cards from my sponsored students and updates about their progress.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find more sources of funding for them.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

This program allows you that "sense" of having a personal connection as a donor, in a format ie. internet, that doesn't necessearily promote a feeling of connectedness.

It is this sense of connection that is important to us as donors. We will be giving in the future specifically to this
organization because of the feeling of unity their website and services provide.

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

getting immediate notification of my donation and updates on our sponsorship.

Ways to make it better...

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

Create a POB in state where goods could be shipped relatively inexpensively for container shipping at a later date.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

meeting the needs of education, medical assistance and food

Why did you make your donation at this time?

This was the right program that met our giving requirements.

What would you tell others about this organization?

I have already told everyone about this organization and a few friends have already contributed!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

We are parents of a son adopted from Guatemala about 11 years ago. We wanted to give back to the country, and discoverd Mayan Families, a small non-profit in the Highlands of Guatemala. We began with school sponsorship of one child about 4 years ago, and began sponsoring his 4 year old brother last year. The people who set up Mayan families and their largely indigenous staff are hard working, and go out of their way to help many impoverished people. Over 1600 children from preschool to university are able to go to school.

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

2 children whom we met during a trip in 2009 have been able to attend school, have a little more to eat and to wear. Mayan Families is good about acknowledging donations, and providing some updates about school and family.

Ways to make it better...

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

More people who will support their efforts.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

Our family sponsors a Mayan Family- family to help them rise above proverty through the donations. Upon visiting the coutry once, we requested a visit with our sponsored family. The staff at Mayan Family did not hesitate to arrange the meeting for us. After talking we became curious about our sponsored family living conditions and again Mayan Family wasted no time in arranging transportation for us. We found our family was living well except every child had an obvious infection conjunctivitis that was terrible. The staff at Mayan Family was vital in making sure every member of the family received the necessary antibiotic treatments. 1 month later we received progress report and a picture of the children. Their eye were bright and filled with health color and outlook about their future, thanks to Mayan Family.

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

Donating Money and sponsoring a family

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

Nothing

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

I have been involved with Mayan Families for more than 3 years now. I have sponsored up to 6 children for school at one time because I feel so passionately about the work they do. I have been involved with other organizations but Mayan Families is very different. They are hands on and if I have any concerns or questions, I can email any number of people and get information based on real contact with Mayan families. Many of us stay up to date and connected to them via Mayan Families Connections on Yahoo and often they post about a specific need or crisis. As a group, we all reach out and make changes happen. We built houses, give lifesaving medical treatment, feel the elderly, buy beds, food, water filters...the list goes on and on. My heart is constantly being tugged to give more and more because their work is so vital and we see amazing results. This is THE best organization...I'm proud to be a part of it.

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

letters, pictures and feedback showing me how my donations make a difference.

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

I wouldn't change a thing other than to find them more money to do more vital work in Guatemala.

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

I have been involved with Mayan Families for 3+ years, and I am currently sponsoring 3 siblings so they can attend school. I also coordinate several shipments each year from the U.S. of student care packages and general distribution items for MF. I am continuously awed by the amount of work that the MF staff is able to accomplish. They are having such a positive effect on the local community - through providing medical care, helping students attend school, managing preschools, assisting the elderly, helping sterilize pets, etc. What I really find great about MF is how communicative they are with donors and sponsors. I receive not only frequent updates on my sponsored students but also on what is going on in general. They are SO many ways to contribute to the good deeds that MF does, and MF does not push anyone to contribute - they just share information and let each donor decide what they want/can do.

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

Last year MF posted a note that a woman, pregnant with twins, was leaving her abusive husband, and MF asked for help. I assisted her by helping to build an addition on her father's house for her to live. I also provided food for her and her two young girls for several months until they could get settled. I saw first hand how much of a difference MF had in this family's life. The woman was able to give birth to two healthy babies, feed herself and her girls, and gain strength and independence.

Ways to make it better...

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

The only change I would make at this time would be to spread the word about the incredible work Mayan Families does so more donors, especially sponsors for students to attend school, could contribute to the organization.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

Why do I donate to and support Mayan Families? Trust. The orginazation communicates through email, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Picasa. They let their donors know the specific needs of the children, families, elderly and animals on a daily basis, so we can play a vital role in assisting the community everyday and at the time of a crisis The staff of this organization works tirelessly to help their community and to make sure the donors are kept up-to-date by pictures and emails to know exactly where the money is being used. Our family sponsors a little girl so she can go to school and get an education. I feel we are helping the world one family at a time. Mayan Families lets us know what the needs are for her and her family so we can help them too. I love seeing the pictures of our student holding her backpack and new shoes at the beginning of the school year. I feel so proud of her when we get the copy of her report card and see how hard she is working to get an education. Another favorite picture is of the family receiving their tamale basket during the holidays. Mayan Families supplied, through the donations of their supporters, 1,600 tamale baskets to families in December. The families treasure these baskets because it gives them something special to eat at Christmas. People wait all day in line to receive these baskets that were put together lovingly by the staff of Mayan Families and their volunteers. We donate money to the general fund to help with some of the many ongoing projects. They invite doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, and anyone who can come to visit them and help for a day, week, month or longer. Their primary mission is to improve the lives of people in need. Mayan Families shows respect, compassion, love, support and trust to the people of Guatemala and for this I am grateful.

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I can follow my student with pictures and her report cards to see her success in school. I can see how the money we donate helps provide food, shelter, medicine and support to many families.

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I wish I had more money to donate to the many projects of Mayan Families. I would like for Mayan Families to be able to bring someone to educate them and the people they serve learn about starting family and community gardens. I feel this would go a long way to helping the people help themselves.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

I recently had the awesome opportunity to visit Guatemala for the first time with a group from my church and spent some time with Sharon from Mayan Families. We made home visits with Sharon to several of the families that they sponsor and helped to pass out some supplies the families needed. It was very heart warming to see how this program is working to make a huge difference in each of the families situations. The people were so thankful for the smallest of items they received. I plan to return in the future to help Sharon and her staff in any way I can.

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To see the smiles on the faces of the families receiving much needed supplies was very heartwarming.

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This organization is working in so many ways to assist the families and meet their needs.

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

Tbey are an excellent grass roots charity that saves many lives in guatemala. We sponsor several children and are always updated and allowed to see what a difference a group of people can make. Tbey are very impressive.

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

Email pictures and notes from children

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

try to send them more money

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