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Mayan Families
February 11, 2011

I work at a major public university studying the effects of clean water, adequate sanitation, and hygiene practices on the health of people in developing countries. A recent masters student was interested in studying the effectiveness of Mayan Families' water flter program, so I contacted the director to ask about cooperation. Although the staff there was swamped with activities related to Christmas dontations and the start of school, the director found time to learn about our program and needs and enthusiastically put her support behind our project.

I am moitviated to write such a posative review because of the expressed genuine desire for their group to get the true answer and not necessarily one that might be more appealing to donors. We have not completed the project, so we don't know what the answer will be, but I am thrilled that their support was given so freely and without contingencies.

I think this goes beyond just water and sanitation and demonstrates this organization is looking for real results based on evidence. Their effective use of donations, extensive local staff, international partners, and volunteers means all contributions have a multaplicative effect.

The Great!

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

having time to discuss an important project and having Mayan Families support the work of a researcher conducting research with their organization. A critical view of their work shows a good mix of both immediate aid and assistance in creating opportunities for long-term self-sufficiency for their constituents.

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I don't know of any deficiencies. I am amazed by the energy of the director and staff and hope they are protecting their own physical and mental health so that this organziation can persist as long as there is a need.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I partnered with this nonprofit in a study of water filter effectiveness.

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