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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase their ability to hire more staff to help.

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

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.

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

Panajuchel, Guatemala

Ways to make it better...

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.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

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.

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

their school sponsorship program.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them have a greater feeding program for the elderly.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

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!

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

None

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

I learned about Mayan Families four years ago, during the process of adopting our daughter. I liked the fact that I knew any donations I sent were in fact being distributed and used wherever needed. I also liked the fact pictures of kids and parents receiving items were always posted. This organization began small, and it's amazing how much it has grown. Those in charge of Mayan Families have done an excellent job keeping up with the growth they have experienced, both in Guatemala and here with the volunteers in the U.S. They always let us know exactly what is needed, and what should not be sent as there are some items that cannot be used. Mayan Families is organized, efficient, and run by a team of dedicated, compassionate individuals.

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

by way of seeing photos of my sponsored students, and I have also collected items from students at school to send to Mayan Families.

Ways to make it better...

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

hire more help :)

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

I went to Guatamala in October 2010 and met an worked with Mayan families. I also sponsored a child in Elbarrenco. This has been one of the most heartwarming experiences! Everyone there helping with Mayan families are so nice and I can't wait to go back!

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October 2010

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

Change nothing. Just wish I could do more!

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

I spent 8 days in Panajachel with Mayan families staff, and got to serve first hand with the team. Their work is substantial in the lives of the children, seniors and community care they provide. We have sponsored children for 3 years, and are amazed at the photo journalism and photo documentation of our donations, as well as the direct communication link with our sponsored children and their immediate family. The momentum Mayan families has makes it an extremely desirable donation destination, as your giving will very quickly make an impact. I have nothing but high praises for their faith in action. Truly reflecting God's Love with their neighbors and community.

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

By Sponsoring Children, sending donations, serving for 7 days in Panajachel with the Staff.

Ways to make it better...

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

No Changes

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

Hello, My husband and I have been sponsoring students with mayan families for 3 years. Last week we made a 10 day visit to Panajachel Guatemala to visit and work with mayan families and visit our students. Our expectations of mayan families far exceeded even what I had thought about their ministry. Firstly, the entire town knows Sharon the director by first name...they call her the "mother Theresa" of this area. We worked with them side by side at the preschool, sewing classes, feeding programs for the children, families and elderly. Getting from small village to village is quite a challenge as they have to travel up small winding roads up the mountain...many are wased away from the mud slides. That does not stop the team. Every single member of mayan families I witnessed working very hard...harder than you can imagine for the people. The highlight of my trip was visiting my sponsored students....it was as if we were part of the family. The excitement they had to meet us and they were so appreciative of our support but we felt more like relatives. I absolutely loved my families and can tell how our support really does make a difference in their lives. Just getting back from Guatemala I can say first hand this organization is worth the $5000 grant. I have told all my friends and family about our experience and am encouraging them to sponsor children...the need in this area is so great. Mayan Families is making a huge impact in the lives of the people...I've seen it!

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

I sponsor 3 children to go to school. And have encouraged family and friends to sponsor. I have sent supplies down for their Christmas party, clothes, shoes, and also things for the preschool/feeding program to get up and running.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them hirer more locals. Money is tight and the work is great...they need more help. Wish they had more money to hire more local help.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

My husband and I are very impressed with how Mayan Families is managed. The Directors (Sharon, Patti, Dwight) are extremely responsible and passionate for the work they do. We donate money for children's education and general expenses - and are happy to do so! Keep up the good work!!

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

Guatemala

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

I can't think of anything that needs to be changed.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Mayan Families is a great organization. All of the staff and vonlunteers are very kind and professional. They are helping in so many ways in the community. There is never a need to big or too small for them. They make you feel at home, even when you are far from your home. I am happy to have had the experience to work with them.

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

Seeing how they have made a difference in Mayans and volunteers lives

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them another location that is larger to be able to organize things better.

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