Mayan Families

Rating: 4.95 stars   397 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  

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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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.

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Send additional funding.

 
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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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

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figure out how to get them better infrastructure.

 
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This organization and it's efforts are very impressive. I have been working with a variety of non-profits for thirty years, as well as overseeing one of my own, so I know what it takes to run an operation like Mayan Families is running and they are doing an exceptional job. I was looking for a new avenue in which to expand my exisiting programs and donation efforts and I have deffinately found that avenue in the Mayan Families organization!

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What an excellent organization! I have been donating for a few years now and I am amazed at how much they have grown and the impact Mayan Families is having in Guatemala! I have been to Guatemala and visited with my sponsored students, all made possible through Mayan Families. Their sustainable programs are very impressive!

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Our daughter's birth country is Guatemala and we give to mayan Families as a means of "giving back" for the gift of her in our lives. Thay do so much with the funds give that I recommend them to all my contacts at holiday times.

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I am both a donor and a volunteer. I've been involved with several organizations in both Mexico and Guatemala that support women's empowerment in various ways, by far Mayan Families is the Best! I helped with Disaster Relief with Mayan Families and was so impressed also! Micro Loans and Student Sponsorship's are why I keep coming back to Mayan Families! Visit them in Guatemala and you will see for yourself!

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Since I visited my sponsored child a year ago, Mayan Families has assisted me in helping her family in many ways. With my donations, they have built a bathroom with flush toilet and shower, neither of which the family had. They facilitated the purchase of a house and land. The mother is enrolled in sewing classes and a cousin is attending preschool. Food is bought for the family. All these things and more are provided by Mayan Families with funds I send. None would be possible without Mayan Families' dedicated staff who work long hours to help the Mayan people. Photos are sent to all sponsors so that we see our families receiving everything we provide. Donors know without a doubt that the funds they send are being used as directed.

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I recently visited Mayan Families for the first time and was very impressed with the work they do. The staff accompanied me on a visit to my sponsored family, observed the many problems with the home situation and are currently working with me to remedy them. This is truly a "hands on" organization. The staff works hard and cares for everyone who comes through their door. They are literally saving so many of the Mayan people in their area.

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helping me to buy land and part of a house for my sponsored child.

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do nothing. The organization is excellent in every way.

 
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We've sponsored a student thur Mayan Families for 3 years now. My kids love seeing pictures of our student. Mayan Families also sends us pictures and letters our student has done. It's a blessing for both us and our student that we are helping.

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