Mayan Families

Rating: 4.95 stars   373 reviews

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved with Mayan Families after the adoption of my daughter from Guatemala in 2009. My family and I sponsor 3 students through Mayan Families and also send money for food for these families on occasion, as well. The staff is great as keeping us up-to-date with e-mail updates, photos, report cards, and letters/drawings from the students. I've also run several fundraisers to support this organization for additional donations. The staff is wonderful to correspond with and work with.

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I see the progress of each student on a frequent basis through e-mail ipdates, photos, report cards, and letters/drawings from the students.

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If I had the funds, I would personally donate more. There are so many families in need in Guatemala, but with limited resources, not everybody who needs help can receive it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been a sponsor to a student and have provided frequent gifts as well. I love this organization because it is personal. I get to see the effects we are having through report cards, photos, and email updates. The staff is amazing and always has a quick and thoughtful response to any requests or questions. I wish I could give them 100 stars!

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

providing for the education of a girl who will have a better future because she will have the power over making life decisions that an education affords.

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

give them more money! They do so much good and need more funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

While we were in process adopting our child from Guatemala many times we would bring down rubbermaid containers to Guatemala containing clothing, toiletries, baby items, candy, books etc. to be given to needy families. Mayan Families was always punctual and professional and I always felt like the items we took the time to bring down with us on visit trips to see our daughter we being put to good if not great use. In addition, I have had dealings with Mayan Families and their animal welfare program and at one time almost transported a dog for them to the USA however, they found someone closer to where the dog's permanent home was going to be. Bottomline, this organization contains "no fat" and they do great great work! Kudos to Mayan Families!!!

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not applicable.

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

Give them more money so they could do more good for the poor and need of Guatemala.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been impressed with the professionalism of this organization! I have donated tamal baskets and am now sponsoring a child. Their website is very informative and I always get a quick response to my questions. This organization is the best way to have a fast/direct impact on the individual lives of people who are living in poverty without wasting money on overhead and marketing! Highly recommend Mayan Families to all!

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Immediate feedback to my questions (and I have A LOT of questions!!!)

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I would like to see them expand into other areas. That's why this organization needs to grow and increase funding... so that they can have a wider impact.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agatha here in Guatemala, Mayan Families gathered extensive amounts of food and distributed it to families in rural Mayan villages who had had their houses destroyed by the storm. I noted that the organization put a great emphasis on ensuring that their aid was given to the true victims of the storm, and that the aid met the most pressing needs of those they were serving. Since most of the Mayan Families staff are indigenous Guatemalans from the local communities, this was a much easier task for them to accomplish than had it been done by an outside organization wtihout connections locally.

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

Panajachel, Guatemala while volunteering with the organization

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There were no obvious deficiencies in their program that I noticed during the time I was volunteering with them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have followed Mayan Families for a few years, and donated many times, though I have not yet sponsored a family or child. I think they are a very innovative program and have done a lot to help many people with the many needs in the community-- from elder feeding programs, to family medical help, to student sponsorship to animal spay and neuter clinics-- they do so much in the community. They also take many pictures and have transparency via their website, blogs and digital photo archives.

I have always found this organization to be great, the staff friendly and organized and the help they provide to be wonderful!

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photos, responses from staff, and blog posts.

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

make the donation webpage a little big easier to use.

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Rating: 5 stars  

These folks are the real deal! If you have a few dollars extra, send it their way.
Best,
Birgitte

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

supporting a girl to go to school

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

nothing really. Tey arte doinf amazing work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mayan Families is an organization which helps the indigenous people in Guatemala. The people who live in Guatemala are poor, have no resources and no money. They can barely survive. They cannot afford drinking water, housing. Mayan families provides services for these people to help them receive food, medical services, safe drinking water, sponsor children to attend school, and many many more services. They have built preschools, sponsored feeding programs for children, families and elderly. All of their work is done through donations, people sending items and money to their organization. They have dedicated their lives to help these people who are just trying to survive and be able to feed themselves and their children. And they do this solely through donations. They are an incredible organization whose only goal is to truly help the people who cannot help themselves due to extreme poverty.

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

my children are adopted from this country. I have first hand knowledge of the conditions of Guatemala and what it is like to live there.

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wish that they could expand ten fold! They have done incredible things and helped so many people.

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