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Mayan Families
May 21, 2010

I work with another local non-profit group here in Guatemala and we have frequently looked to Mayan Families for inspiration and practical steps regarding how to benefit the indigenous Mayans. It is truly remarkable how effective they have been in serving this population. Mayan Families is extremely successful in identifying and meeting needs within Panajachel and our surrounding communities, and I continue to be surprised by the sheer number and variety of programs they offer. They do all of this while making personal relationships with the people they serve a priority. I consider Mayan Families to be one of the most effective and inspirational non-profits I have ever worked with.

The Great!

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

the way I understand the way a non-profit should be run. Sharon, Dwight, and the local staff they have hired have poured their lives into meeting the needs of the indigenous Mayans and are to be commended for their work.

Ways to make it better...

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

win the lottery and then give them the money to buy more land and a bigger building!

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

they are relational. It's one thing to give hand-outs, it's another thing to get involved in the day-to-day lives of the people you serve.

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

top-notch. Sharon and Dwight have given many locals the opportunity to grow within their organization and give back to the community in which they live.

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

wow...change Guatemala for the better!

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't so tempted to adopt a dog from them everytime I went to visit ; )

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

sustaining the work they do without getting burned out.

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

it will make you feel really good to 1) donate financially to them, and 2) GO serve them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Ongoing partnership with Mayan Families.