Mayan Families

Rating: 4.95 stars   373 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International

Location: 2609 Hartford St San Diego CA 92110 USA

Mission: Mayan Families provides opportunities and assistance to the indigenous and impoverished people of Guatemala, through education and community development programs. Vision Mayan Families 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.
Results: Over 2,800 Students sponsored to go to school in 2012! Hundreds of Micro Loans given out to impoverished Indigenous Mayan Women. Thousands of Water Filters given out to Indigenous Families. 6 Preschools running year round that feed and educate numerous malnourished children. 6 years of Spay and Neuter Clinics in rural Guatemala and so much more! Please go to our web site at www.mayanfamilies.org
Target demographics: Indigenous Maya people in Guatemala
Direct beneficiaries per year: Tens of thousands
Geographic areas served: Guatemala
Programs: Education Student Sponsorship Sponsor a Student General Education Sewing Classes Community Programs Family Aid Sponsor a Family Elderly Feeding Program Holiday Tamale Baskets Healthy Families Animal Welfare Sponsor a Dog or Puppy Chickens Onil and other Fuel Efficient Stoves Water Filters Micro Finance and Micro Loans Construction Mayan Families Kids and Teens Sports program
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EIN 20-8433997
619-550-2608
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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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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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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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