i spent two weeks as a volunteer photographer with mayan families. from the moment they picked me up in guatemala city, i knew i was with wonderful people who were supportive and PASSIONATE about helping others. during my time i was able to observe first-hand many of the programs that do so much for the surrounding communities - in particular the preschool, the elderly feeding programs and the medical clinics. the people who work and volunteer here are amazing and every day i felt blessed to be a part of such a special community. if you are thinking of donating in any way to their cause, don't hesitate - your money/donations are needed and will be put to USE. if you are thinking about donating your time, rest assured that the staff of mayan families will take good care of you. there is no reason to feel apprehensive about anything. i am so glad i went down to spend time with mayan families.
Mayan Families makes the most of every donation they receive, helping to empower indigenous women and children in Guatemala through programs in health care, education, and self-sufficiency.
I just finished volunteering for three weeks at Mayan Families in Panajachel, Guatemala. I come away from that experience extremely impressed with Mayan Families. Passion, commitment, dedication and integrity are a few words that come to mind when I remember the people on staff and other volunteers I met while there. Everyone is truly committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities they are working in. Meeting the students and their families I sponsor was one of the highlights of my trip. Especially listening to one mother express her joy, gratitude, and appreciation that her children were going to get an education that they would otherwise not receive without a sponsor. She knowing that her children getting a good education would profoundly change her family's quality of life for generations to come. Her sincerity was so overwhelming and powerful that it brought tears to my eyes. Upon which she reached out to comfort me. What a beautiful and genuine person she truly is. Also while there I had the opportunity to visit a few of the per-schools Mayan Families operates. It was very heart warming to meet the children who are benefiting from these schools. At these schools the children also receive a meal of nourishing food with a vitamin pill 5 times a week. For some of them it is the only healthy meal they get. What a positive difference it will make in their lives by being able to attend these schools. Mayan Families is truly living their vision and is truly assisting the Mayan families they intend to help. It was very comforting to learn that the money I donate to Mayan Families does get to the families that are in need of help.
I volunteered with Mayan Families for 2 months. During that time i witnessed and participated in the wonderful work they do for the indigienous people of Guatemala. We supplied and installed much needed cooking stoves for poor families and distributed essential medical supplies for people who, if it wern't for the work of this organisation, could never afford it. The work Mayan Families do is truly amazing and inspiring. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
I am also a donor. I first heard of Mayan Families while I was in the adoption process to bring our daughter home. Some of the mom's that were with the same agency would bring donations down when they went to visit their babies. about a year after we brought our daughter home I felt there was more I needed to do in Guatemala. I remembered MF and went to their website. That night I sponsored 4 grils for school. At that time there were less than 50 children sponsored. now the number is well over 1000 in a matter of 4 short years. Sharon, Dwight and the Mayan Families staff are an amazing group of angels here on earth.
I joined the yahoo support group MFC which had been started to chat and share about Guatemala and MF. We eventually developed fundraisers, organized shipments of donations, and learned through doing that even $5 added to someone elses $5 really does help.
My daughter and I went to visit Mayan Families in the summor of 08. WE saw first hand the dedication and never ending giving of their hearts and souls. Their door was always open. I will never forget seeing the immediate action of Sharon when a concerned mother brought her teen age daughter and apparently hadn't known she was preganant. With in minutes Sharon and Gloria had a plan and an appointment at the doctors.
I have also started a jewelry website where the profits are donated to Mayan Families. I cannot wait to dedicate more of my time and life to this wonderful organization.
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My family and I volunteered with Mayan Families for a few days in December. We helped assemble and distribute Tamale Baskets and clothing to people in need. We were also able to meet the students that we sponsor to go to school. The staff was great to work with and really care about the people they serve. Mayan Families is a great organization that is helping to meet a significant need in many communities.
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I volunteered with Mayan Families for a few months and found them to be extremely dedicated to their work and that they were achieving amazing outcomes. All the staff are very hard-working and extremely knowledgable about what they do. I am so impressed with the multitude of projects they have running simultaneously. They really making a wonderful contribution, and promoting positive change with all the communities they work with. I really enjoyed my time with them.
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I have networked with Mayan Families for four years as we worked together to alleviate medical and educational concerns in the lake region of Guatemala. Not many organizations in Guatemala have the "staying power" and stamina for the issues in Central America like MF's has.
I volunteered with Mayan Families in December 2009 to help with a spay and neuter clinic. They were also running a medical clinic simultaneously. The organization was well-run on meager resources and put all of their efforts into helping the community. They deserve all of the help and support they can get.
Mayan Families serves many poor families in the highlands of Guatemala. They start preschools and give children a chance to have education and get fed by encouraging others to sponsor individual children. They help give mothers training on using sewing machines. and they give micro loans to start businesses for poor families. They even have a pet animal spading project.
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