Mayan Families

Rating: 4.95 stars   406 reviews

Address:

2609 Hartford St San Diego CA 92110 USA

Mission:

As an accredited 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization, Mayan Families' mission is to facilitate sustainable development programs in impoverished communities throughout the Lake Atitlán region of rural Guatemala. Our objective is to stimulate long-term progress through school sponsorships, health initiatives, vocational training and microfinance, while providing emergency aid to those in critical need. Our organization 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. Sign up for Our Newsletter and see how you can support us further: http://bit.ly/1beeo1p

Results:

Mayan Families has supported 3,620 students in the past 10 years through our Student Sponsorship Program from the Preschool to University levels. We operate 7 Preschools year round that feed and educate malnourished children. Currently, our Education Program has 2,554 active students.Our Trade School has trained 364 people in different disciplines: 92 sewing students, 46 carpentry students, 221 computer students and 5 welding students. We have provided 344 Microloans to help impoverished Indigenous Mayan Women. 1,364 clients and families benefited from financial and nutritional support throughout 2014-15. This year we donated 425 Stoves, which reduce air pollution and help create a safer home environment. In 2015 alone, Mayan Families gave out 455 Water Filters, giving 3,315 indigenous families gained access to clean water. We have also held over 6 years of Clinics in the poorest communities in rural Guatemala. Our medical team has seen over 2,000 patients via mobile clinics in over 10 different communities, as well as over 1,000 patients in the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic. We have served a daily meal to 85 elderly, reducing the rate of disease and cutting down malnutrition. Mayan Families have had three sets of 25 women and their children pass through Well Mother Well Baby and see statistically significant improvement in their lives We have had 65 kids in critical need receive food aid and education. Please go to our website for more information on our programs and impact: www.mayanfamilies.org

Target demographics:

Indigenous Mayan Guatemalans living in extreme poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Thousands of Guatemalan families living in extreme poverty

Geographic areas served:

Guatemala

Programs:

Mayan Families programs: Student Sponsorship, Preschool Nutrition Centers, Tutoring Program, Reproductive Health & Family Planning, Family Assistance, Community Development, Natural Building Workshops, Medical Program, Elderly Care, Income Generating Programs, Microloans Programs, Animal Welfare, Women Health and Children Aid.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on several non-profit boards and I have never seen such a dedicated and hard working group. I saw many mothers and children who have been given hope because of Mayan Families.

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

Tierra Linda. There was a 4 week old baby named Ivan that was losing weight. I was happy to see Mayan Families help him through our donation.

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

not change anything. It is wonderful.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure of working with Mayan families and Dr Renner and Purobi and their KIDS organization giving dental care to children in need in Guatemala. Without them translating and providing logistics, none of this would have been possible. They were kind, helpful and always had the children's best interest in mind. A great group and I highly recommend them.

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

Panajachel Guatemala. They helped us stay safe and healthy and able to do what was needed during our 1 week stay.

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

More donations and exposure please! Help KIDS and Mayan family provide even more care to all people in need in Guatemala.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

I met other great volunteer dentists and was able to sharpen many of my growing dental skills with various dentists with different training.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered as a private pediatric dental practitioner for a pediatric dental mission this past august in Guatemala. Mayan families did an amazing job having things organized for us so we could efficiently and safely treat as many Mayan children as possible in a two week period. The local Mayan family volunteers did an amazing job helping translate and make the children patients feel as comfortable as possible. I hope to return one day!

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

witnessing Mayan children getting out of mouth pain!

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

??

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for two weeks with Mayan Families and I had an awesome time seeing how this nonprofit works and contributing my time and efforts. I spent a good deal of time with Mayan Families working at a dental clinic in several villages and also visited a few preschools where we did arts and crafts and distributed food bags to students. Great way to spend my time in Guatemala - I saw so much and learned even more than I ever would have as a typical tourist. Will definitely be back soon!

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

Working with this organization showed me the effects of poverty, how widespread it is, and what is being done and still needs to be done to combat these issues.

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

Would have liked to have seen more of the classes Mayan Families offers, and how the people who participate in them use them to their advantage

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We visited Mayan Families as part of a 19 person church group installing stoves, distributing shoes, etc. We observed how the Mayan Families organization is in touch with the individual needs of the families they served. We would return from doing work and mention a specific family. The MF staff and especially the leader (Sharon) would then mention a few specifics about the family and their individual situation . . . right from their memory with no notes! It told me that they treat these several thousand families as real people with specific needs.

I also saw how MF react to new information . . . we would make observations about specific situations and they would clearly responds . . . sometimes with action during the time we were there and sometimes noting for future action.

I was also impressed by:

1. the obvious personal commitment of MF staff and leadership
2. the orientation toward action . . . there didn't appear to be too much "overhead/administration" stuff
3. how well MF documents the services they provide via photos

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

I saw the joy of families who had safe cooking stoves in their homes, i saw happy children whose dilapidated shoes were replaced with gently used shoes, i saw families who were touched by having first ever photos of their children and families. i saw elderly feeding, preschool programs with both educational and nutritional support, Further, i saw families who saw MF as an emotional supporter as well as providing physical needs.

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

stronger logistics. we sometimes were less efficient due to limitations in MF transport and tools. they are constantly trying to build their capability, but of course there is a trade0-off between providing the service now versus buying equipment for the future

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mayan Families is so important to the indigenous families of the Lake Atitlan area. These unselfish, humanitarian people provide needed clothing, shoes, food, education, and homes to the families and children of these villages. However, they also are totally involved in working with Mayan people of all ages -- from the youngest children to the elderly. Mayan Families finds a way to provide homes for those families who cannot provide for themselves. Medical and dietary assistance is brought to the elderly. They selflessly spay and neuter dogs and cats in the villages.

Having spent a week volunteering for Mayan Families, I was amazed at Dwight and Sharon's dedication to helping preseve the lives and dignity of the Mayan Families. Their focus is to help eliminate malnutrition (e.g., food baskets, chickens) , provide education for the young people (e.g., school sponsorships for preschool through university), improve the quality and health conditions for the families (e.g., ONIL stoves, walter filters, clothing, shoes, medicines/medical care), and celebrate/respect the cultural beliefs and traditions of the Mayan families in this area of Guatemala.

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

the week that I volunteered with Mayan Families. I watched all the people -- from Sharon and Dwight, the administrative staff, the drivers and assistants who helped us build ONIL stoves, the education/social work interns -- work feverishly to interview Mayan families who came to the office to share their concerns/needs. Although it appeared to the untrained eye as chaos, it was not. So much help was provided for the Mayan families from villages all around the lake area.

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

try to provide monetary assistance and increased space for their work to be done. Sharon and Dwight work without complaint in a somewhat cramped area to accomplish innumerable tasks for the Mayan people.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mayan Families was a pleasure to volunteer with and it didn't take long to realize how important their work is to the community. Their services are essential to many families and the results are tangible. I had an excellent time volunteering with them and hope to return when I can.

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

Panajachel, Guatemala.

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

only expand their existing programs.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've worked with Mayan Families now for 2 summers (1 week per visit) and have really been impressed by the breadth of the work they do and the way they are embraced by the local communities they touch. They are tireless and while things can appear chaotic to the untrained eye - underneath the surface a lot of wonderful work is done. They are AWESOME at providing tangible feedback to both those who are there doing the work and through their photo-documentation of all the work they do. I really have enjoyed my time working with them and believe they are making a tangible differences in the lives of thousands in their area.

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

Through my volunteering

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

Develop better tool preparation for the construction projects.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

i spent several months in Panajachel, Guatemala as a volunteer with Mayanfamilies, doing a variety of things. I was really impressed by their grass roots approach and the fact that assistance was given really quickly to those who needed it. I was also really impressed by the dedication of the staff who are mainly indigenous, so are learning skills and being educated as well. They may never have been able to achieve this without the help of Mayan families. I am in touch frquently, and hope to return in 2012 to be hands on in this wonderful organisation again. Sharon and Dwight and all their amazing staff deserve the best.

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

I have seen firsthand the love and gratitude of the people. They know that when things are bad, there will always be somewhere where they can ask for and receive help and attention.

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

Can be chaotic at times, but I believe attempts are being made to address this.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I arrived from Australia to volunteer for Mayan families, just prior to "tropical storm Agatha." I witnessed at first hand, Mayan Families immediate response in assisting those people in urgent need, providing food and clothing to those pueblos hardest hit.I have seen the wonderful work that is being done here by an unstinting and committed staff.

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

I have given out donations of food and clothing in the field, taught knitting to indigenous women, assisted with taking animals to vet. services, visited computer classes and seen pre-schools in action.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have sponsored a student for the last four years and I send her and her family donations of food during the year. I love receiving letters from her and she always is so thankful for her education sponsorship. She has many dreams for herself and I am blessed to be part of her achieving her goals in life.

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

photos, letters and report card of the student I've been sponsoring for the last 4 years. I am so proud of her and her achievements!

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

there is nothing I would change.

 
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