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August 29, 2010

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August 29, 2010

Life changing wouldn't be enough to describe the amazing experiences I had in Guatemala. I have worked with and known the people involved with Mayan Families for many years. I have found this Non-profit Mayan families to be outstanding and a very valuable resource to the Mayan Indigenous communities that they serve in the Highlands of Guatemala. It is a Hard working and efficient organization that is underfunded for all of the fine work that they do. I assisted with

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

Watching 22 Indigeneous Mothers from san Antonio Palopo having a meeting with Mayan Families staff and Sharon in her home in Panajachel to deal with the childhood malnutrition, feeding program - preschool being organized. I handed out donations!

Ways to make it better...

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

More funding - monies needed to help with their great array of programs!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing hands on the amazing amount of work they do. Others talk, they do it! Organized and balanced!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives and brighten the future of so many children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had more time!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

more funding!

One thing I'd also say is that...

They don't just try, they do. They complete projects, they get things done and make no excuses like so many other groups do. Small miracles happen here.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 19, 2010

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August 19, 2010

Mayan Families is an NGO that does allot with very little funding. Mayan runs a vast amount of projects ranging from education to construction I personally witnessed Two of the projects, the first was dentistry. I wondered in to the clinic that had been set up by Mayan Families for local children. In Guatemala there is very little fluoride in the water so all the children are given fluoride treatments as well as having their teeth examined by a qualified dentist. by 2pm in the afternoon 187 children had arrived to have free help that they would not get without Mayan families. The second project I witnessed was a project involving street animals. Mayan helps injured or unwell animals often from the street, nurses them back to health and then does its best to re home them. I stumbled upon Mayan by chance,after seeing the good they do first hand I intend to become involved in anyway I can.

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

Health care and animal re homing.

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

I would give them more funding so they could broaden their operations.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Mostly from Guatemala itself and had such commitment to helping others,

Ways to make it better...

I could stay longer

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 18, 2010

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August 18, 2010

'Mayan Families' offers real and sustainable solutions for the many issues faced by impoverished Guatemalan families. The small organisation covers an impressive and comprehensive range of programs that provide essential skills, medical care, educational programes and animal welfare to the community in the Panajachel area. I was welcomed into the charity with open arms and any skills that I could provide were greatly recieved. The organisation is the perfect example of selfless charitable work; the organisation is run by the kindness of others and can only be continued to be mantained by the devotion of its staff. I am planning to return next summer as a volunteer and work for a longer period. I am also plan to organise promotional ideas in my home town. A fantastic charity that does so much for a community in great need.

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

witnessing the dental care program on my first day with the charity.They had provided and coordinated a large scale dental health care drop in centre for children from impovished families.The animal welfare program offers vital care for so many animals

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

improve and expand volunteer recruitment. With greater international promotion I am sure that a far greater number of volunteers with a wide range of skills would gladly help. Expand its website by including promotional videos and videos from volunteers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the team and witnessing the difference that the charity made to the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

devoted and fully integrated into the community. They were very approachable and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a new animal rescue centre with its own veterinary staff. Expand the charity by employing more full time staff both within Guatemala and internationally.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer, so that is why I am planning to return!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

This is a wonderful grass-roots organization that helps many of the neediest families in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala. The people who run the organization live there and really know the needs of those they serve.

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

my visit to the area.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

Hands-on programs for education, health, shelter, health, animal welfare. I sponsor two students' education and have donated items such as an Onil stove, water filter, food and clothing. This organization stands out because it respects the culture of the indigenous Maya who are the majority of the population they serve and most of their employees are Guatemalan. The provision of water filters and Onil stoves are major contributors to improving health in the area.

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

Participation in the education programs by sponsoring students and volunteering at pre-schools they operate. Seeing the health and welfare of families they serve be improved by all of their programs that include nutrition, health, shelter, etc.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

developing direct relationships with directors, employees and recipients of the program benefits.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, personable, flexible and very committed!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do even more to improve the situation of the communities in the Highlands of Guatemala it serves by offering its programs to more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

In April 2010, I went to Guatemala with my two teen-age kids and two of their friends to volunteer with Mayan Families for one week. From the moment that we arrived, we were made to feel welcome. We were kept busy installing Onil stoves, working in the pre-schools, handing out donations, meeting our sponsored students and helping with the spay and neuter clinic. In July 2010, I returned for two more weeks with all three of my kids, including my college age daughter, and a friend. We arrived several weeks after Tropical Storm Agatha, but the effects of the damage were still very apparent. The need for the programs offered by Mayan Families is even greater now than ever. Sharon, Dwight and all the staff are caring, respectful and responsive to the needs of the Mayan community. They are truly dedicated to helping improve the lives of the desperately poor people that they serve. There is so much work to be done and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing organization as Mayan Families.

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

meeting some of the people whose lives have improved as a result of the work that is being done by Mayan Families and seeing the great appreciation that is expressed by them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Experiencing first hand the remarkable work of a truly Great Nonprofit!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, responsive and caring

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

Mayan Families works directly with very impoversihed families. They allow their donors to also have a personal relationship with the families. We sponsor a child for school and also help his family with food, water filter, etc. They are an amazing group.

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

Seeing photos of our sponsored child with the food we sent and the gifts. Looking so happy. We have also received pictures he has drawn for us, with thank you notes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having a personal relationship with the child and family we sponsor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do even more wonderful work to help desperately poor families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

I have supported the Mayan Families student sponsorship program for two years which enables Mayan children to attend school. One of the very fine parts of the program is in the informational where sponsors are informed through email pictures of their students and families receiving assistance. My on site experience in Guatemala revealed a dedication of staff that carried through even into lunch time where talk, instead of being chit chat, centered on service to the people.

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

With Mayan Families, a sponsor is informed of every aspect of a student's family. A list of family items including, beds, blankets, stoves, etc. are made available through further donations. Through emails, I have seen "my" families receive such items.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 30, 2010

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July 30, 2010

it was an amazing adventure it all started with a great party from the kids who did a tradicional dance for us, and for a week i was part of the elderly feeding program,that was very entertaining to see the elderly and get to taste the delicious food they had, and i get to built many stoves for diferent familys, tahat was a real trhill...

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

i got to experience of feeding and tasting the food that was really delicious, and build the stoves and got the thanks from the families, its an amazing experience

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 30, 2010

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July 30, 2010

Mayan Families was a wonderful organization to volunteer for. I had emailed them in advance and their response and general concern was prompt and personal.They were very down to earth, yet professional and well organized. They were eager to work around our schedules and interests. The friendly staff made the work extremely enjoyable. They provided a large variety of activities for us, including seeing traditional dance and visiting schools, working with children, helping to feed poor elderly etc. It was truly both a pleasure and an honor to have met and worked with Mayan Families. I am eager to continue to stay involved through donations, and sponsorship and will be telling everyone I know about the wonderful work they are doing in Guatemala!

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

Seeing the reactions of the people whos lives are touched. I witnessed so many good things done, and so many people helped.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the funds available to them, to allow more people to receive help.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working one on one with the Guatemalan people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all friendly, and very helpful.

Ways to make it better...

I would have had more time to volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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