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February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I became involved with Mayan Families after adopting our daughter from Guatemala. This organization does an amazing job helping the people in the indigenous people in the highlands of Guatemala. I became a sponsor to two young girls allowing them to go to school and get an education. The program also provides basic services/needs for the families as well as food and household items. The work that they are doing there is fantastic. The little amount of money that we contribute every month makes such a difference. With low overhead and a lot of hard work they have changed the lives of so many people.

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

Letters, photos and updates I received from my sponsored children. Had friends go to visit and volunteer with Mayan Families.

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

Nothing at this time.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

Mayan Families is the real deal. The headquarters in Panajachel is a busy place where Sharon and the army of volunteers address the problems of the steady stream of people from surrounding villages in need. Sharon provides a critical link between donors interested in helping and those who desperately need the help. One summer she suggested we bring down shoes for children which we did. My daughter helped hand them out in a small local village to children who were thrilled at getting a new pair of (used) shoes that actually fit. In one afternoon trip, we handed out bags of shoes, hundreds of baby chicks to women entrepreneurs and then helped a visiting dental group who spoke no spanish set up a dental clinic. Through Mayan Families the needs of local people are accurately identified and the assistance provided by people who want to help is appropriately targeted and effective. I wish the hundreds of sponsors of the school children could meet their sponsored students in person and receive the extreme gratitude of the parents, as I have been able to do.

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I have personally visited the headquarters numerous times to observe the work being done.

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

Nothing comes to mind at the moment.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

My family has sponsored one or two Guatemalan students via Mayan Families (MF) for three years now. One of the students dropped out, but the other has been "our" student continuously. My daughter writes to her and gets letters back, we get occasional updates from MF about our student's family, and whenever we ask we get additional info and updates. As donors we receive various bulk emails about MF projects and needs, which we feel no pressure to respond to, i.e. they do not approach us individually and make saying "no" hard -- MF seems to respect that their donors will want to know what is needed but will choose what they do based on their own situation. We have responded to calls to sponsor food baskets, and received photos of the recipients with the baskets. We expect to continue our student sponsorship until she graduates (now in 4th grade), and we hope to visit our sponsored student later this year when we go to Guatemala -- MF has offered to facilitate our meeting our student, and we are hoping to spend some time slotting in to their other projects as volunteers for part of the time we are there.

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

making it possible for indigenous children to attend school in a rural region of Guatemala, and in delivering holiday baskets of celebratory food to sponsored families.

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

upgrade their website, as sometimes it takes awhile to find what I am looking for; but this does not bother me very much as I also get updates directly and I am truly AMAZED at what they do, confirmed by people I know who have visited them on the ground.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

wonderful organization providing much need services to a vulnerable population. excellent communication with donors!

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photos and letters from the students.

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

i wish i could donate more!

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

We have been sponsoring a student for the past 3 years to attend school. We know that the money we send helps her. We get photo updates at least twice per year- with her holding the items..like shoes for school or her report card.

Sharon, Ely and the staff -work so hard to improve the
lives of our brothers and sisters in Guatemala and we appreciate everything they do.

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

Sharon, Ely

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

Give them more money so they could grow.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I had the wonderful opportunity of working with Mayan Families in Dec 2010 and visited many of the projects/villages that they support. They do amazing work and have an amazing staff. The staff works long hours and only has the best interest of those that they serve in their hearts. I have seen the positive effects that they have had in the lives of the children and families that they serve. Without their services, many children would not receive a healthy meal every day; many would not have a chance to receive any schooling. This is an amazing organization that is making a difference in the lives of 1000's in Guatemala.

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I've spent time with the various programs and seen children go from malnourished to nourished.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more volunteers and more hours in the day to accomplish their goals.

February 2, 2011

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February 2, 2011

We have been involved with Mayan Families for a few years now, sponsoring a child /family. They are wonderful--work tirelessly on behalf of extremely disadvantaged families. Their accomplishments are astounding--in many cases literally life-saving.

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

by seeing how our sponsored child /family have benefited from Mayan Families help.

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

not change a thing!

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I am amazed at what this organization is able to accomplish for the indigenous communities of Guatemala. They provide hope for the poorest of the poor in these communities. I am proud to be a donor and can rest assured that every penny I donate is being put to good use. The dedication of this organization is inspiring to say the least.

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

Being able to help a child attend school who otherwise would not be able to.

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

None

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

Mayan Families is an amazing grass roots group. I have taken a group of veterinarians and volunteers for the past three years where we perform 4 days of spay and neuter clinics. We also work with a local veterinarian and the Guatemalan vet students. We have performed 417 surgeries over the past 3 years and plan to continue every year. They have done an awesome job in creating awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering the animals as well as the importance of treating animals humanely. The MF founders, staff and volunteers are all hands on during our week stay. It is amazing all that they accomplish and the dedication that they have for the people and the animals of Guatemala.

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I have seen the results of this organization when I return each year and see a decrease in street animals as well as I see the results when I receive letters from my sponsored students and see them thriving in school.

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

I would get them more money so they can continue to expand and increase their programs to allow them to touch more lives human and non-human.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

To whom it may concern;
First of all, the work that this organization is unbelieveable. The
clinics that they conduct are providing great services to the needy.
Secondly, the schools that are provided to the children does more than
give them an education. They help with clothes and
supplies and
probably most importantly it provides food and security for the
children.These schools can be the catalyst that provides these
future Guatemala's a way out of their provery.

Finally, I can not say enough about this organization and the personal
touch that I have come to know. They make such a difference on
a daily basis to the people in Guatemala. I am so blessed to
have found this organization and to have conducted business
with such a dynamic and honest organization as Mayan Families.
Your consideration of Mayan Families is greatly appreciated.Thank
you for letting me express my TRUE feelings of the real work that
Mayan Famillies does.

Fondly,
Janet Smith

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

I sponsor a student in one to their schools. Their feedback is great about the student and what is going on in Guatemala. I also make donations to this organization.

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

Nothing.

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