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Mayan Families
October 31, 2012

Sharon, Dwight and Patty (founders Mayan Families) are fantastic loving people giving their lives to improving conditions of the least fortunate people in the central Guatemala highlands. Every day brings some form of a crisis to their doors. Every day they and their fantastic care givers provide open arm support, under the most stressful situations, unconditionally. I consider this group to be outstanding heroes and without reservation recommend them as true honest sharing humanitarians. We all can do more to give back and Mayan Families is on the ground where our money and support is not wasted. I feel privileged to know them and be a small part of the great things they do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 12 months each year. Thank you Wayne Skogman and Judy Harvey ( Friend, donor and volunteers ).

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Mayan Families
May 26, 2010

In 2009, my wife and i meet with two organizations in Guatemala. From that time we started a charity (Be one to help foundation of Alberta) and planned a trip for January 2010. Working with Mayan Families we assembled a 20 foot trailer, a full sized ambulance and our small truck. On January 1, 2010, myself and three sons left for Guatemala. The Ambulance was donated to the local Bombaros along with medical equipment with the support and help of Sharon from Mayan families. My sons returned to Canada and I stayed for the next 60 days. Originally I had planned to work with tow other charities, but soon realized that Mayan Families were the people on the ground that made the difference every day. Together (Mayan Families provided me with two young helpers that were trained to carry on the projects. We built cabinets for schools, repaired many homes that were not structurally safe, did one addition to a school and many other projects. Each day (we were self financed) we could see the endless lineups at Mayan Families offices (Sharon and Dwight's home) and the life saving services they provide. In my 62 years as a contractor, business man and father, I have never witnessed such a giving and caring group. After leaving in March, I have only good memories of this great organization and these people that are real hero's in Guatemala where the most in need are overlooked by the system.

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

Yes, I was with them for 60 days.

Ways to make it better...

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

find monies to allow them to have a separate location for the operations.

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

Sharon, Dwight and Patty are giving honest loving people that get to the most needy and overlooked people.

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

hard working, committed and respectful to the Mayan's that had nothing but need.

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

make a giant difference in thousands of improvised Mayan families.

Ways to make it better...

if I could have stayed.

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

how to help the growing numbers of Mayan families in desperate conditions. The numbers are growing and the need is gret.

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

Many charities talk a good story and claim to make a big difference, Mayan Families walk the walk on the ground with the people while respecting them as equals. I have nothing but respect for this group and all the staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I provided carpenter services where needed.