Mayan Families

Rating: 4.95 stars   377 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International

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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EIN 20-8433997
619-550-2608
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mayan Families makes the most of every donation they receive, helping to empower indigenous women and children in Guatemala through programs in health care, education, and self-sufficiency.

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

In the process of collaborating with Mayan Families in my disaster relief delivery, I witnessed first hand the work they do with the children in their preschools, ensuring they have adequate nutrition for healthy growth, and are educated to break the cycle of poverty. They also work tirelessly to make sure children who would benefit from sponsorship are matched with sponsors.

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

Mayan Families makes the most of every donation they receive, however, they would benefit from getting the word out to a broader base so they could hire more locals to expand their programs and help more people. There is no shortage of need.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I just finished volunteering for three weeks at Mayan Families in Panajachel, Guatemala. I come away from that experience extremely impressed with Mayan Families. Passion, commitment, dedication and integrity are a few words that come to mind when I remember the people on staff and other volunteers I met while there. Everyone is truly committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities they are working in. Meeting the students and their families I sponsor was one of the highlights of my trip. Especially listening to one mother express her joy, gratitude, and appreciation that her children were going to get an education that they would otherwise not receive without a sponsor. She knowing that her children getting a good education would profoundly change her family's quality of life for generations to come. Her sincerity was so overwhelming and powerful that it brought tears to my eyes. Upon which she reached out to comfort me. What a beautiful and genuine person she truly is. Also while there I had the opportunity to visit a few of the per-schools Mayan Families operates. It was very heart warming to meet the children who are benefiting from these schools. At these schools the children also receive a meal of nourishing food with a vitamin pill 5 times a week. For some of them it is the only healthy meal they get. What a positive difference it will make in their lives by being able to attend these schools. Mayan Families is truly living their vision and is truly assisting the Mayan families they intend to help. It was very comforting to learn that the money I donate to Mayan Families does get to the families that are in need of help.

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

a volunteer position.

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

I already believe they are doing a great job with what they have.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Mayan Families for 2 months. During that time i witnessed and participated in the wonderful work they do for the indigienous people of Guatemala. We supplied and installed much needed cooking stoves for poor families and distributed essential medical supplies for people who, if it wern't for the work of this organisation, could never afford it. The work Mayan Families do is truly amazing and inspiring. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!

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

watching families cook and prepare meals. witnessed spaying and desexing animals during their vet clinics.

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

they need more volunteers to assist with the work they are try to achieve

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am also a donor. I first heard of Mayan Families while I was in the adoption process to bring our daughter home. Some of the mom's that were with the same agency would bring donations down when they went to visit their babies. about a year after we brought our daughter home I felt there was more I needed to do in Guatemala. I remembered MF and went to their website. That night I sponsored 4 grils for school. At that time there were less than 50 children sponsored. now the number is well over 1000 in a matter of 4 short years. Sharon, Dwight and the Mayan Families staff are an amazing group of angels here on earth.
I joined the yahoo support group MFC which had been started to chat and share about Guatemala and MF. We eventually developed fundraisers, organized shipments of donations, and learned through doing that even $5 added to someone elses $5 really does help.
My daughter and I went to visit Mayan Families in the summor of 08. WE saw first hand the dedication and never ending giving of their hearts and souls. Their door was always open. I will never forget seeing the immediate action of Sharon when a concerned mother brought her teen age daughter and apparently hadn't known she was preganant. With in minutes Sharon and Gloria had a plan and an appointment at the doctors.
I have also started a jewelry website where the profits are donated to Mayan Families. I cannot wait to dedicate more of my time and life to this wonderful organization.

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

Seeing first hand all the miracles they do. I recieve personal updates and information about my girls I sponsor for school.

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

I would hope they continue on building their education programs and feeding and medical programs. In the future I hope there could be more specific travel groups with specific jobs to do while in Guatemala.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I volunteered with Mayan Families for a few days in December. We helped assemble and distribute Tamale Baskets and clothing to people in need. We were also able to meet the students that we sponsor to go to school. The staff was great to work with and really care about the people they serve. Mayan Families is a great organization that is helping to meet a significant need in many communities.

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

Seeing the need and gratitude of the people receiving the food, clothing, and especially the education sponsorship. The father of one of our sponsored students was in tears as he explained what it meant to him for his son to go to school.

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

Give them more funding to continue and expand what they do!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Mayan Families for a few months and found them to be extremely dedicated to their work and that they were achieving amazing outcomes. All the staff are very hard-working and extremely knowledgable about what they do. I am so impressed with the multitude of projects they have running simultaneously. They really making a wonderful contribution, and promoting positive change with all the communities they work with. I really enjoyed my time with them.

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

raising the standard of living for many people, providing food, medical assistance, medication, beds (if needed), even renting a room for those who are homeless. They have made it possible for a lot of people to get medical treatment they would never have been able to afford, they are ensuring that around 1700 children are receiving an education they otherwise would never have had the chance to get, they are raising the health of entire communities through their water filters, and animal care....

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

make them bigger and better funded so that they could reach more people

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have networked with Mayan Families for four years as we worked together to alleviate medical and educational concerns in the lake region of Guatemala. Not many organizations in Guatemala have the "staying power" and stamina for the issues in Central America like MF's has.

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

Working side-by-side with them as a nurse and fellow volunteer.

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

Increase their ability to hire more staff to help.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Mayan Families in December 2009 to help with a spay and neuter clinic. They were also running a medical clinic simultaneously. The organization was well-run on meager resources and put all of their efforts into helping the community. They deserve all of the help and support they can get.

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

Panajuchel, Guatemala

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

provide them greater resources to be able to do even more of their good work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mayan Families serves many poor families in the highlands of Guatemala. They start preschools and give children a chance to have education and get fed by encouraging others to sponsor individual children. They help give mothers training on using sewing machines. and they give micro loans to start businesses for poor families. They even have a pet animal spading project.

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

their school sponsorship program.

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

help them have a greater feeding program for the elderly.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard about Mayan Families through a friend back in 2006, since then my wife and I have been involved with MF helping them physically and financially with their Hope for the Animals program; as well as, sponsoring a few children through their school sponsorship program. I have been in the field helping them in many ways and I know how hard the MF team work. I have also experienced the commitment and love that Sharon, Patti, Dwight and their team have towards the Guatemalan people. Not to mention that Suzie is a huge asset to their team. Cheers to Mayan Families!

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

Seeing the decrease in street dogs and the improvement in the overall health of the animals.

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

None

 
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