August 18, 2012
This summer was my turn to finally give something back to Guatemala and its wonderful people, and I feel so lucky to have chosen Mayan Families. I followed their blogs for a year before deciding that this was the place for me, somewhere that volunteers and donors (as I now am in sponsoring children through them) can become personally involved and aware of the people that they are helping. As a 3-week volunteer in July and August, I visited my sponsored child and her family, visited other children along with their sponsors, installed energy efficient wood cook stoves, served lunch to elderly clients, translated letters from tiny, grateful children to their sponsors, and even banged nails and sawed wood on a housing project. I believe I made lifelong friends with Mayan Family staff, volunteers from around the world and other sponsors such as myself, and most rewarding of all -- the children and clients served by Mayan Families. All this was remarkably free of any ideology other than the motto of Mayan Families -- Educate, Feed, Shelter, Heal. I can hardly wait to go back next summer and do it all again! And in the meantime work from afar with other sponsors and volunteers to help all year long.
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