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  

As the Director of Canada Maya Scholarships, and board member of Paso Por Paso, I am pleased to endorse Mayan Families as an exceptional NGO. One of our students lost his uncle's entire family in the mud slides of tormenta Agatha. Mayan Families immediately came to his family's aid and assisted many others affected in San Antonio Atitlan. Their assisted extended to many other villages around the lake. We have been connected with Mayan Families since their inception, and we know intimately their compassion, guidance, ability to act and to serve.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This is my third trip down to Guatemala working with Mayan Families. I have seen firsthand the huge amount of work they accomplish, especially with Indigenous Women's issues. I am amazed at how much work they do and how much good they accomplish. Mayan Families touches so many lives. They are multi faceted in their approach working on Environmental issues like the fuel efficient stove project and Animal Welfare issues with the Hope for the Animals project as well as Micro Loans for Women.

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

I have seen the Panajachel Pre-School during May-2010 which was doing a Mothers Day presentation as well as feeding the malnurished kids and educationing them also.

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

Seperate the house that Sharon and Dwight live in and work in from Mayan Families. Mayan Families needs a larger location.

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

Sharon and Dwight are amazing in their capacity to open up their hearts to all in need around them.

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

Wonderful!!!

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

Wow, it could do so much incredible good that would change, for the bette,r so many lives, especially the mothers and their children.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

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

There is still so much need out there.

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

This is the Non-profit to donate to. They are very frugal and put every penny to use.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I am a Board Member and Founder of Mayan Families. I personally moved down to Guatemala in August-2009 to be here full time and work with the Indigenous Mayan peoples of Guatemala. I am always amazed at what a small organization can get done. We are working with a young girl who has been on anti-biotics for the last 6 years and she is now going into Guatemala City to have an operation to correct the problem, thanks to donations that Sharon has been able to get thru her blog. There is a new Junior High School going up in the village of Tierra Linda thanks in part to Mayan Families. I have personally worked with many volunteers, medical clinics, dental clinics, delivering water filters to families, schools and the local Hospital in Solola, Guatemala. I have seen firsthand the benefits of Micro-Loans - Micro Finance on Indigenous Women and their families and the hope that kids have when we tell them that we found a sponsor for them to be able to go to school! I have smiled, laughed and been brought to tears here working with Mayan Families. It's amazing!

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

working with the over 1,400 Students that are sponsored to go to school. I helped on the web site, fundraise, take photos, post Biographies of the students and visit some of their schools and homes. Very inspiring, these children want to go to school!

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

More Grants from Foundations are needed.

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

Working in the field, going to El Barranco, to work in the community centers in San Jorge and Tieera Linda. Their is something going on all of the time, I have not been bored.

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

Amazing and hard working!

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

Make significant changes in the lives of Millions of impoverished Mayan people.

Ways to make it better...

There were more computers for the Indigenous Mayan childrens computer classes.

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

Getting Grants from Foundations

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

Their photos and blog tell the story.

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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