Mayan Families

Rating: 4.95 stars   401 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  

2 people found this review helpful

My church has partnered with Mayan Families for several years. For the past two years, I have been on medical mission trips with the church and coordinated through Mayan Families. They are an awesome organization focused on healing, educating, feeding and housing the Mayan people in Guatemala. I am so impressed with the caliber of people in the Mayan Family organization and the life changing work that they do.

 
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I have worked with this organization for four years bringing primary health care to remote villages around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. As in-country coordinators, they bring their cultural expertise in an effective manner to help my organization, Hands of Healing, bring medical, dental and vision services to the Mayan peoples who don't have access to basic health care due to extreme poverty.
Mayan Families prepares the communities for our arrival, coordinates with local residents to provide translators and ensure that we have an adequate venue to set up our temporary clinics.
We are truly indebted to Mayan Families for all of the work they do to enable us to serve the most deserving in Guatemala

 
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Mayan Families is great organization, doing great work for the Mayan families in the region of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. They helped make our project very effective. All the staff is highly professional, and at the same time friendly and compassionate. I hope to work with them again! Prof. Kevin Passino, Ohio State University

 
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Caring Group. They helped our team provide Dental and Medical care

 
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The week of Jan. 11-19 I led a group of nursing students in a Service Learning Experience in Guatemala. The week my group of nursing and speech pathology students spent working in Panajachel with Mayan Families was life changing for us. Mayan Families was one of the 10 best experiences of my life and having the support of directors, Sharon and Dwight and all the dedicated, committed staff made our ability to work with the people of Panajachel and surrounding communities a daily privilege. The authentic caring and respect for the people of Guatemala by all the people associated with Mayan Families was humbling for us. My students had an incredible life altering experience that will impact them for years to come and all of that because of the selfless work that is done by every single person at Mayan Families. Our university plans on having a continued relationship with Mayan Families and we know that we are the lucky ones!!

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

FIND THEM MORE FUNDING!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Mayan Families has the most holistic and comprehensive program that I have experienced in Guatemala! Their programs are benefitting thousands in need, yet they somehow manage to personalize the attention given to each and every family they serve. My wife and I are so pleased to sponsor a child through Mayan Families, we get regular updates on her, and we have absolute confidence that our contributions are directly benefitting our child and her family. One of the most genuine organizations I have ever encountered and worked with in service to God's people.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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We are a Florida-based medical, dental and vision mission team. We have partnered with Mayan Families on numerous occasions. Mayan Families coordinates sites for our clinics and provides translators and staff. We've had the opportunity to experience the substantial difference that Mayan Families is making in Guatemala and they are the real deal! Their holistic approach to improving impoverished lives is nothing short of miraculous.

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

Seeing the difference school sponsorship can makes for a child.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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I like the way Mayan Families is organized and run. When we donated and communicated with them, they were very professional and helpful.I also like their awards and reviews. I have seen with my own eyes the work Mayan Families does. Other groups just talk and have too many meetings. Mayan Families works, does the job needed right now and walks the talk. If you want a really dedicated group, this is it.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I am a dentist who has been working with Mayan families for the past four years in August. Our foundation KIDS International Dental Services helps Mayan families provide pro bono dental services to their Mayan communities. Mayan Families provides us with expertise, logistics and translation and is with us daily to assist us to provide the best dental care for these Mayan families. We will return again in 2012 and with the great assistance of Mayan Families again to provide dental care. This is a top notch NGO.

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

During our one week work experience with Mayan Families we experienced the organization and its commitment to Mayan Families around Lake Atitlan first hand.

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

Strengthen the donor base so more funds could be generated to expand the great work they do with the Mayan.

 
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I work at a major public university studying the effects of clean water, adequate sanitation, and hygiene practices on the health of people in developing countries. A recent masters student was interested in studying the effectiveness of Mayan Families' water flter program, so I contacted the director to ask about cooperation. Although the staff there was swamped with activities related to Christmas dontations and the start of school, the director found time to learn about our program and needs and enthusiastically put her support behind our project.

I am moitviated to write such a posative review because of the expressed genuine desire for their group to get the true answer and not necessarily one that might be more appealing to donors. We have not completed the project, so we don't know what the answer will be, but I am thrilled that their support was given so freely and without contingencies.

I think this goes beyond just water and sanitation and demonstrates this organization is looking for real results based on evidence. Their effective use of donations, extensive local staff, international partners, and volunteers means all contributions have a multaplicative effect.

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

having time to discuss an important project and having Mayan Families support the work of a researcher conducting research with their organization. A critical view of their work shows a good mix of both immediate aid and assistance in creating opportunities for long-term self-sufficiency for their constituents.

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

I don't know of any deficiencies. I am amazed by the energy of the director and staff and hope they are protecting their own physical and mental health so that this organziation can persist as long as there is a need.

 
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Mayan Families changed the face of our program making it a precedent setting sports program for Mayan children and particularly female children. Instead of high minded pronouncements, Mayan Families simply put girls on our playing fields and into our teams. Now almost half our athletes are girls. More than 40% of our coaches are now women. The social impact of these changes is significant in rural Guatemala where traditionally sports were for boys only and girls were supposed to stay home, wear their traditional ankle length skirts and care for smaller children. Girls did not participate in physical education in school. That is changing. All of a sudden their dads are buying them athletic shorts, T shirts and sneakers. Moms and dads have seen their daughters playing on our teams and winning - they are proud of their daughters and want to support their efforts in sports. And the girls have a new confidence. They know they can play well, that they can compete with boys and win. We even have mixed teams, up to 16 years old, the girls are highly valued by their teammates and the boys want them on the team because they are winners. Mayan Families pointed us in the right direction, supported us along the way and helped create a program that is lighting the torch for social change in the Guatemalan Mayan Highlands.

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

the state of Solola, Guatemala. I have come to know Sharon and Dwight very well. Both their daughters are in the sports program and one of them is in training as a peer basketball coach.

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

provide more support to extend Mayan Families to many more areas of Guatemala.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Mayan Families is a hands on organization that is very much in contact with Mayan Indian people. The speak fluent Spanish, know everybody by name, know what people really need and do everything possible to get it for them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional,caring and respectful to the people they are helping.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

work itself to death helping people who are in terrible need through no fault of their own.

Ways to make it better...

I could have brought more resources to the table.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the magnitude of the problems facing the Highland Maya, ranging froim imminent starvation to lack of health and education to lack of economic opportunity

One thing I'd also say is that...

Mayan Families is simply a terrific group of super humanitarian people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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