As the Director of Canada Maya Scholarships, and board member of Paso Por Paso, I am pleased to endorse Mayan Families as an exceptional NGO. One of our students lost his uncle's entire family in the mud slides of tormenta Agatha. Mayan Families immediately came to his family's aid and assisted many others affected in San Antonio Atitlan. Their assisted extended to many other villages around the lake. We have been connected with Mayan Families since their inception, and we know intimately their compassion, guidance, ability to act and to serve.
This is my third trip down to Guatemala working with Mayan Families. I have seen firsthand the huge amount of work they accomplish, especially with Indigenous Women's issues. I am amazed at how much work they do and how much good they accomplish. Mayan Families touches so many lives. They are multi faceted in their approach working on Environmental issues like the fuel efficient stove project and Animal Welfare issues with the Hope for the Animals project as well as Micro Loans for Women.
I am a Board Member and Founder of Mayan Families. I personally moved down to Guatemala in August-2009 to be here full time and work with the Indigenous Mayan peoples of Guatemala. I am always amazed at what a small organization can get done. We are working with a young girl who has been on anti-biotics for the last 6 years and she is now going into Guatemala City to have an operation to correct the problem, thanks to donations that Sharon has been able to get thru her blog. There is a new Junior High School going up in the village of Tierra Linda thanks in part to Mayan Families. I have personally worked with many volunteers, medical clinics, dental clinics, delivering water filters to families, schools and the local Hospital in Solola, Guatemala. I have seen firsthand the benefits of Micro-Loans - Micro Finance on Indigenous Women and their families and the hope that kids have when we tell them that we found a sponsor for them to be able to go to school! I have smiled, laughed and been brought to tears here working with Mayan Families. It's amazing!