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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Emergency Assistance, Human Services, International, International Development, Personal Social Services

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.

Community Stories

248 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Anna Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Marissela L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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