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April 19, 2013

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April 19, 2013

Mayan Families is amazing! I just returned from Guatemala and am very inspired by their work. We visited a preschool in an impoverished community called Chukmuk where malnutrition is rampant. Mayan Families provides these kids, many of whom suffer from stunted growth, with a nutritious meal and snack each day - likely the only food they will eat. The children also learn to speak Spanish so they will be ready when they start school. This early intervention in both their physical and mental development offers these children a much better future.

I've had the good fortune to volunteer with Mayan Families for many years. They are transparent and open to all with a heart to help. Thank you, Mayan Families, for allowing me to be a part of your great work!

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2013

April 15, 2013

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April 15, 2013

My family and I just returned from a trip to Guatemala highlighted by a day of service with Mayan Families. My men's group here in San Diego helps to financially sponsor three different boys through the organization - we were able to meet and visit with two of the three families as well as install a stove (that we purchased) for another needy family. The experience was amazing particularly for our teenage kids. The staff was particularly helpful and dedicated. Thanks for a day we will never forget!

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Life-changing

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2013

April 12, 2013

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April 12, 2013

I volunteered with Mayan Families for two weeks during the Summer of 2011. It was a wonderful and fulfilling experience. My only regret is that I could not have spent longer in Panajachel with Mayan Families. While there, I was a part of their medical and dental clinics for many different villages, and I also came home with a beautiful puppy that they had rescued through their animal welfare program. She is the most loving, loyal pup I could've asked for. I hope one day to return to Panajachel to work with Mayan Families again!

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A lot

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Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 10, 2013

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April 10, 2013

It is my pleasure to have spent one month out of two years volunteering for Mayan Families. Their staff is very capable, and helpful, and they all serve to work toward one goal: To provide food, education, clothing, health care, and just about any service they can provide to help the poor people around the mountains and Lake Attitlan in the Panajachel, Guatemala area. I saw first hand children getting fit with shoes that they badly needed. I saw children being educated in a clean, joyful, healthful setting. I saw food being delivered to needy families. I saw the Doctor who works at the main site who takes care of health issues. I saw little ones getting flouride treatments and new toothbrushes. I saw teachers who were interested in helping young children learn to appreciate books. Their staff is well organized, helpful, friendly, and care a lot about helping people. You couldn't ask for a better staff.

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2013

April 8, 2013

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April 8, 2013

I have visited the Mayan Families organization in Guatelama for the past 3 years and will be returning again this fall. While there I have observed how this worthy organization is run. The in-house staff is well versed with not only the needs of the families they serve but the needs of the entire area. I have also traveled to many of the local schools that they have started and seen first hand the work that has been done with these young children that would otherwise not even receive basic skills. It is truly a heartwarming experience to not only visit, but be a part of this fine group of people who care for the less fortunate of Guatemala.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 7, 2013

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April 7, 2013

I was very impressed by my visit to Mayan Families a few days ago. The organization compound in Panahachel is really impressive, with a happy bustling feeling of activity, friendliness, meaningful projects and super intelligent and friendly staff and volunteers everywhere. My teenage kids participated for one morning in the preschool flouridation program - it was very well run and clearly this program is desparately needed. This organization deserves accolades...and ongoing, substantial support. Bravo!

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April 7, 2013

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February 3, 2011

I was blessed to have been able to spend time working with Sharon and Patty of Mayan Families just 2 weeks ago in Panajachel. We were able to visit several of their elderly clients in their homes, do ... more

April 7, 2013

Have spent time during the last 3 years with Mayan Families in Panajachel. An awesome group who know the area well, use their money wisely and touch many many lives. Looking forward to being with them again. Barb Buss

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2013

February 3, 2011

I was blessed to have been able to spend time working with Sharon and Patty of Mayan Families just 2 weeks ago in Panajachel. We were able to visit several of their elderly clients in their homes, do a small medical clinic for the elderly and visit families recieving homes through their program. To watch Sharon interact with the local people and the respect she has for them, and the respect they have for the program was very rewarding. This is indeed a program that is working at the grass roots of the community. Mayan Families uses locals to oversee the work, make contacts. It is not a program that comes in , tells the people what to do, then leaves, only to oversee from a distance. They are awesome !!

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The only change I would make --- I wish I had the resources to help expand their work. I do pledge to help spread the word about their organization and do what I can to help.

April 7, 2013

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April 7, 2013

I love Mayan Families...because of what they do for my group up in Patanatic.
When any is sick they provide a doctor... Recently one of our kids was diagnosed with a type of Down Syndrome..MF arranged for this little one to get physical therapy -- now with that help this child who has been
carried in her mother's arms..has been given special shoes and is Cruising...We thought that she would need to be "patterned" but no she is holding on to stuff and trying to move around upright...Gracias Mayan Families..This is a big victory..

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 7, 2013

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2 previous reviews - show all
February 23, 2012

It was my pleasure to work at Mayan Families during the month of Feb. It is a wonderful organization that serves many needy families. I was able to input "thank you's" to the many sponsors that help s... more

April 7, 2013

Dwight and Sharon run a top-notch organization. It's amazing to see it in action as so much gets done with a small staff. Can't say enough good things about them.

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 23, 2012

It was my pleasure to work at Mayan Families during the month of Feb. It is a wonderful organization that serves many needy families. I was able to input "thank you's" to the many sponsors that help support children so they are able to attend school. It was very rewarding to see some of the very heartfelt notes. The staff is very welcoming and I plan to volunteer there again next year when we return.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 24, 2011

I have donated several computers to this organization. Been a very professional group to work with. While here in Guatemala, I plan to do some volunteering as well in their spay/neuter clinic. Mayan Families does so many wonderful things and is a real asset to the country.

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Seeing the computers used in their office as well as community centers

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change nothing,

March 1, 2013
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March 1, 2013
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WE visited a preschool , visited two ancianos, and then helped feed people at a kitchen that fed the elderly. We helped a woman with 7 children by replacing her stove. The old stove was filling her kitchen space with black soot and causing her children to have bronchial problems. We helped observe a more established school receive a big screen T.V., computers (current), copier and various screens for school room use. There are a lot of good people helping with SO many good programs........We spent a lot of time visiting and learning about the organization. We hope to get support from back home for future solar power programs being talked about . Exciting find, we just dropped in and asked what they were doing.........

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A lot

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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