Mayan Families

Rating: 4.95 stars   373 reviews

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

It was a great reassurance to me when I was able meet my real live sponsored student when I had the recent opportunity to visit. The meeting was deeply touching for both of us. Education is the way out of poverty for these young people and our donations have a dramatic impact.

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2013

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We have been supporting Mayan families for the past few year. We had been looking for an organization to support in the country for a few years. When we found out about Mayan Families and researched the work they do we knew we found the right fit for our family. All the community outreach and education they do is phenomenal.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating to Mayan Families for several years and am thrilled with all they do to help people in Guatemala

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I have been donating to Mayan Families for the last 5 years and I love it! The more I learn about solidarity work, the more I appreciate the well-rounded work that Mayan Families does. They understand that it's not only about health, but also education and micro-loans and elderly care and nutrition and so much more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity squeezes value out of every dollar or item donated and every person who volunteers. I have participated in several of their activities and have seen no waste or padding on the part of the directors. Their preschools are modern and as well equipped as their funds allow, and each child gets nutritious
food each day. They provide food baskets at various holiday times, with volunteers filling the baskets destined for needy families. They make sure hundreds of students have what they need to attend school, such as supplies, backpacks and shoes. They take the time to screen each recipient of their charity so that the help given matches the need. It is an outstanding operation!

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity really walks the walk. Dwight, Sharon and Patti, who run the charity are onsite, listen to people's requests and never turn anyone away from the doors of their facility. In this impoverished country, the needs are huge, but Mayan Families does yeoman duty in addressing as many needs as they possibly can. In one day, I have seen them give shoes to a child who has none, chaperone a group of doctors doing a medical clinic, take in a stray dog, and drive a load of donated books to a school, and supervise a feeding program. That level of activity goes on day after day. They are tireless and selfless in their mission to make the lives of Guatemalan families better.

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

Getting unused Spanish language books in U.S. storerooms to schools in Guatemala

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

Give them more help.

Was your donation impactful?

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I lived in Guatemala for a year prior to becoming a donor.

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We are happy to have the opportunity to sponsor a young student through Mayan Families. Our donation allows her family to be able to send her to school without worrying about the associated costs. We are looking forward to sponsoring her younger siblings as they reach school age. We send additional funds to provide things for the family from time to time. Mayan Families makes it extremely easy to donate to your sponsored students and their families. The founders and staff of Mayan Families are quick to respond to emails. I researched a number of organizations prior to deciding which one we would sponsor a student through. I believe that I made the correct decision by working with Mayan Families. I am looking forward to visiting Guatemala and being able to volunteer with Mayan Families in the future.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Through Mayan Families I have been able to sponsor a little girl in Guatemala to go to school and send her gifts. I sent her a bicycle one year for her birthday and she was very happy. Some years I send her a cake on her birthday and I know this makes her feel special. I often send money for food. Through Mayan Families she sends me pictures that she draws for me and she calls me her Godmother. I am encouraged to carry on when times get tough, because I remember my Godchild needs me. I have a child adopted from Guatemala, too. This is my way of giving back.

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Definitely

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2012

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Mayan Families is a wonderful charity. They regularly send me updates and photos of my sponsored child. I am able to help send her to school and help the family in many ways. Through Mayan Families I was able to provide a stove and a water filter for the family of my sponsored child. I am very satisfied and pleased with the work that Myan Families does. It feels good to be able to be a God send to my sponsored child. She refers to me as her God Mother. I am very happy and thankful for this charity.
A. Callahan

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It feels good to be able to be a God send to my sponsored child. She refers to me as her God Mother. I am very happy and thankful for this charity.

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

Send additional funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mayan Families tells donors exactly what donations go toward. This organization is truly the most worthwhile group I believe anyone can give to. They provide real time support to people in desperate need.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supporting this charity since the beginning for I lived in Guatemala for 24 years and found them to be the most honest and caring charity I have ever known. When the big mud slides occurred, the director used her own money to buy food and collect blankets and clothing for the hundreds of people who lost their homes and families. They care for the people as though it was their family.

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Definitely

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2012

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For years I have watched Mayan Families grow with so much integrity, helping young and old alike. When the school kids need shoes, they are there. When old people need medicine or hospitalization, they help. Once there was a family that hid a young boy in the house because he was deformed. They helped establish a normal life for him, being with other children outside and no longer hidden. They feed and cloth so many. They also have a clinic where many get help. There are no middle men. Once there was a flood and they fed hundreds and hundreds of people who either lost their home or members of their family or both. They even find homes for dogs. Once when I visited there were more than 20 dogs in various parts of the grounds hiding.

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

I have personally experienced the results of this organization as it is run by a very dear friend of mine in Guatemala whom I visit as often as possible. That is when I have seen what I described above.

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

see to it that they somehow received more outside help so they could help more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been sponsoring a student through this charity since 2007. I love that every penny I send actually goes to my student, be it for school supplies, clothing, medicine or food. Over the past 5 years I have received photos several times a year and it has been fantastic to see how much healthier she appears and how much she has grown. This is my favorite charity and the most fiscally responsible charity I have ever encountered.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mayan Families is an exceptional charity. I have been sponsoring two Guatemalan girls for several years and have been able to watch them through pictures and letters grow healthy and learn. I prefer Mayan Families to any other charity because I am comfortable that 100% of the money I donate is going directly towards improving and advancing the lives of others.

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

watching my sponsored students grow healthier and do better every year in school.

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

figure out how to get them better infrastructure.

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