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Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Emergency Assistance, Human Services, International, International Development, Personal Social Services

Mission: As an accredited 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization, Mayan Families' mission is to facilitate sustainable development programs in impoverished communities throughout the Lake Atitlán region of rural Guatemala. Our objective is to stimulate long-term progress through school sponsorships, health initiatives, vocational training and microfinance, while providing emergency aid to those in critical need. Our organization operates on the principle that all people should have access to the basic necessities of life. We strive to accomplish our goals through working democratically with the communities we serve. Sign up for Our Newsletter and see how you can support us further: http://bit.ly/1beeo1p

Results: Mayan Families has supported 3,620 students in the past 10 years through our Student Sponsorship Program from the Preschool to University levels. We operate 7 Preschools year round that feed and educate malnourished children. Currently, our Education Program has 2,554 active students.Our Trade School has trained 364 people in different disciplines: 92 sewing students, 46 carpentry students, 221 computer students and 5 welding students. We have provided 344 Microloans to help impoverished Indigenous Mayan Women. 1,364 clients and families benefited from financial and nutritional support throughout 2014-15. This year we donated 425 Stoves, which reduce air pollution and help create a safer home environment. In 2015 alone, Mayan Families gave out 455 Water Filters, giving 3,315 indigenous families gained access to clean water. We have also held over 6 years of Clinics in the poorest communities in rural Guatemala. Our medical team has seen over 2,000 patients via mobile clinics in over 10 different communities, as well as over 1,000 patients in the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic. We have served a daily meal to 85 elderly, reducing the rate of disease and cutting down malnutrition. Mayan Families have had three sets of 25 women and their children pass through Well Mother Well Baby and see statistically significant improvement in their lives We have had 65 kids in critical need receive food aid and education. Please go to our website for more information on our programs and impact: www.mayanfamilies.org

Target demographics: Indigenous Mayan Guatemalans living in extreme poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of Guatemalan families living in extreme poverty

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: Mayan Families programs: Student Sponsorship, Preschool Nutrition Centers, Tutoring Program, Reproductive Health & Family Planning, Family Assistance, Community Development, Natural Building Workshops, Medical Program, Elderly Care, Income Generating Programs, Microloans Programs, Animal Welfare, Women Health and Children Aid.

Community Stories

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Paul90

Donor

Rating: 5

It was a great reassurance to me when I was able meet my real live sponsored student when I had the recent opportunity to visit. The meeting was deeply touching for both of us. Education is the way out of poverty for these young people and our donations have a dramatic impact.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporting Mayan families for the past few year. We had been looking for an organization to support in the country for a few years. When we found out about Mayan Families and researched the work they do we knew we found the right fit for our family. All the community outreach and education they do is phenomenal.

Sandra41

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Mayan Families for several years and am thrilled with all they do to help people in Guatemala

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Mayan Families for the last 5 years and I love it! The more I learn about solidarity work, the more I appreciate the well-rounded work that Mayan Families does. They understand that it's not only about health, but also education and micro-loans and elderly care and nutrition and so much more!

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity squeezes value out of every dollar or item donated and every person who volunteers. I have participated in several of their activities and have seen no waste or padding on the part of the directors. Their preschools are modern and as well equipped as their funds allow, and each child gets nutritious
food each day. They provide food baskets at various holiday times, with volunteers filling the baskets destined for needy families. They make sure hundreds of students have what they need to attend school, such as supplies, backpacks and shoes. They take the time to screen each recipient of their charity so that the help given matches the need. It is an outstanding operation!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity really walks the walk. Dwight, Sharon and Patti, who run the charity are onsite, listen to people's requests and never turn anyone away from the doors of their facility. In this impoverished country, the needs are huge, but Mayan Families does yeoman duty in addressing as many needs as they possibly can. In one day, I have seen them give shoes to a child who has none, chaperone a group of doctors doing a medical clinic, take in a stray dog, and drive a load of donated books to a school, and supervise a feeding program. That level of activity goes on day after day. They are tireless and selfless in their mission to make the lives of Guatemalan families better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are happy to have the opportunity to sponsor a young student through Mayan Families. Our donation allows her family to be able to send her to school without worrying about the associated costs. We are looking forward to sponsoring her younger siblings as they reach school age. We send additional funds to provide things for the family from time to time. Mayan Families makes it extremely easy to donate to your sponsored students and their families. The founders and staff of Mayan Families are quick to respond to emails. I researched a number of organizations prior to deciding which one we would sponsor a student through. I believe that I made the correct decision by working with Mayan Families. I am looking forward to visiting Guatemala and being able to volunteer with Mayan Families in the future.

A Callahan

Donor

Rating: 5

Through Mayan Families I have been able to sponsor a little girl in Guatemala to go to school and send her gifts. I sent her a bicycle one year for her birthday and she was very happy. Some years I send her a cake on her birthday and I know this makes her feel special. I often send money for food. Through Mayan Families she sends me pictures that she draws for me and she calls me her Godmother. I am encouraged to carry on when times get tough, because I remember my Godchild needs me. I have a child adopted from Guatemala, too. This is my way of giving back.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mayan Families is a wonderful charity. They regularly send me updates and photos of my sponsored child. I am able to help send her to school and help the family in many ways. Through Mayan Families I was able to provide a stove and a water filter for the family of my sponsored child. I am very satisfied and pleased with the work that Myan Families does. It feels good to be able to be a God send to my sponsored child. She refers to me as her God Mother. I am very happy and thankful for this charity.
A. Callahan

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Mayan Families tells donors exactly what donations go toward. This organization is truly the most worthwhile group I believe anyone can give to. They provide real time support to people in desperate need.

shavda

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting this charity since the beginning for I lived in Guatemala for 24 years and found them to be the most honest and caring charity I have ever known. When the big mud slides occurred, the director used her own money to buy food and collect blankets and clothing for the hundreds of people who lost their homes and families. They care for the people as though it was their family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For years I have watched Mayan Families grow with so much integrity, helping young and old alike. When the school kids need shoes, they are there. When old people need medicine or hospitalization, they help. Once there was a family that hid a young boy in the house because he was deformed. They helped establish a normal life for him, being with other children outside and no longer hidden. They feed and cloth so many. They also have a clinic where many get help. There are no middle men. Once there was a flood and they fed hundreds and hundreds of people who either lost their home or members of their family or both. They even find homes for dogs. Once when I visited there were more than 20 dogs in various parts of the grounds hiding.

Review from Guidestar

Carrie K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring a student through this charity since 2007. I love that every penny I send actually goes to my student, be it for school supplies, clothing, medicine or food. Over the past 5 years I have received photos several times a year and it has been fantastic to see how much healthier she appears and how much she has grown. This is my favorite charity and the most fiscally responsible charity I have ever encountered.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mayan Families is an exceptional charity. I have been sponsoring two Guatemalan girls for several years and have been able to watch them through pictures and letters grow healthy and learn. I prefer Mayan Families to any other charity because I am comfortable that 100% of the money I donate is going directly towards improving and advancing the lives of others.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization and it's efforts are very impressive. I have been working with a variety of non-profits for thirty years, as well as overseeing one of my own, so I know what it takes to run an operation like Mayan Families is running and they are doing an exceptional job. I was looking for a new avenue in which to expand my exisiting programs and donation efforts and I have deffinately found that avenue in the Mayan Families organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We (Kids International Dental Services) have been working with Mayan Families for quite a few years and it never ceases to amaze me to see the extent of their commitment toward the Mayan people and Mayan culture. I have tremendous amount of respect for their ability to organize any complex work and get it all done. For one entire week we work together and their staff and volunteers work tirelessly with us every single year. Looking forward to be with them again next year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am the President of a non-profit and we provide pro-bono dental care to impoverished children in three countries. We have been working with Mayan Families for last three years. After our trip there last year, I became a donor as well because I truly believe in their dedication, effectiveness, and efficiency in what they do. This year we worked in 4 different villages around Panajachel with Mayan Families for 5 days. Everything was extremely well organized. The staff who worked with us did so tirelessly and with a smile on their face all day long, every single day. We ended up treating more than 800 needy children. I can not say enough positive things about each and everyone in Mayan Family. We have worked with numerous organizations in Central America over last ten years, and Mayan Family gets my highest score.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an excellent organization! I have been donating for a few years now and I am amazed at how much they have grown and the impact Mayan Families is having in Guatemala! I have been to Guatemala and visited with my sponsored students, all made possible through Mayan Families. Their sustainable programs are very impressive!

SherylKH

Donor

Rating: 5

Our daughter's birth country is Guatemala and we give to mayan Families as a means of "giving back" for the gift of her in our lives. Thay do so much with the funds give that I recommend them to all my contacts at holiday times.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am both a donor and a volunteer. I've been involved with several organizations in both Mexico and Guatemala that support women's empowerment in various ways, by far Mayan Families is the Best! I helped with Disaster Relief with Mayan Families and was so impressed also! Micro Loans and Student Sponsorship's are why I keep coming back to Mayan Families! Visit them in Guatemala and you will see for yourself!

Donor

Rating: 5

Since I visited my sponsored child a year ago, Mayan Families has assisted me in helping her family in many ways. With my donations, they have built a bathroom with flush toilet and shower, neither of which the family had. They facilitated the purchase of a house and land. The mother is enrolled in sewing classes and a cousin is attending preschool. Food is bought for the family. All these things and more are provided by Mayan Families with funds I send. None would be possible without Mayan Families' dedicated staff who work long hours to help the Mayan people. Photos are sent to all sponsors so that we see our families receiving everything we provide. Donors know without a doubt that the funds they send are being used as directed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently visited Mayan Families for the first time and was very impressed with the work they do. The staff accompanied me on a visit to my sponsored family, observed the many problems with the home situation and are currently working with me to remedy them. This is truly a "hands on" organization. The staff works hard and cares for everyone who comes through their door. They are literally saving so many of the Mayan people in their area.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

We've sponsored a student thur Mayan Families for 3 years now. My kids love seeing pictures of our student. Mayan Families also sends us pictures and letters our student has done. It's a blessing for both us and our student that we are helping.

Jennie S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Keep up the good work and dedication. Thank you for doing all that you do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization!!! The people who work for Mayan Families have gone above and beyond helping me to sponsor a student as a very last minute Christmas gift for my daughters. On Christmas Eve day I spoke with one of the organizers who assisted me in sponsoring a student in Guatemala.
My daughters take part in donating a portion of their allowance to the Mayan Families and are so excited when they get to see pictures of their friend Marta.
The ability to have a real sense of knowing where your donations are going is such a fantastic benefit. We are so grateful for the work that Mayan Families is doing and we hope they can continue to grow.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been sponsoring a child's education now for three years. We also send additional funds when we can, for food, clothing, etc. I've never worked with a group before that is so organized and so caring about the people that they serve.

We are able to get updates which is great, and also allows us to help more when needed. Thank you to all at Mayan Families for the very hard work that you do.

Denise W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization... they do many great things in Guatemala. Through them, I sponsor children so that they can go to school. I get pictures, letters and drawings from the kids I sponsor. I can also choose to donate holiday baskets, clothing, food, etc.. They also help families with medical expenses, run preschools, animal clinics, build houses. They are amazing!