Mayan Families

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Mayan Families is a small non-profit group operating in the Highlands of Guatemala. We live and work in the Lake Atitlan region.

We operate a variety of programs as a comprehensive approach to give a hand up to needy Maya people and the communities in which they live. The work of Mayan Families is supported completely through donations, which are tax deductible in the U.S.

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30 Dec 2015
Lucia  is 77 years old.  She comes every day from her village of Santa Catarina  to be able to eat lunch in our Elderly Care Program. This is at least a 20 min. trip in the back of a pick up or several hours walk for her. She used to have only a stick to help her walk but we were able to give her a walking stick which helps her a lot.   She is very happy to have  enough to eat every...
27 Dec 2015
Petrona and her family. Just as we were getting ready to close on the 23rd, one more family came in that needed help.We were very rushed but I was glad that we took the time to talk to them. Petrona, the mother is just 22 years old.   She and her 23year old husband, have four children. None of the children or Petrona had eaten and it was already midday when we saw them.Irma is 5 years old, Estela is 4...
04 Sep 2014
Our main goal here at Mayan Families is to promote long-term development in each of the rural communities we work. That’s why we are thrilled to have the opportunity to purchase a key piece of land in San Antonio Palopo so we can continue to expand our various programs in that village. Read on below to learn more about our involvement with this isolated yet charismatic village and how you can help shape its future...
18 Mar 2014
Medical help urgently needed for 4 year old boy! Mario is 4 years old. Today he was rushed to the hospital in Solola when a pot of boiling water was pushed onto him.Mario's father left him and his 4 siblings and went to live with another woman. His mother also left him and his siblings and went to live with another man.Mario and his two other young brothers are being raised by an aunt.  The two older children...
27 Dec 2013
As the clock winds down on 2013, you have just a few days left to make a tax-deductible gift to support Mayan Families and the crucial work we do here in rural Guatemala.Mayan Families End of Year Giving!http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs175/1103559743325/archive/1116043888397.html
22 Dec 2013
Sabina A0051, lives in a house made of adobe with a dirt floor. She does not even have a proper bed, she sleeps on a piece of cardboard laid over the coils of an old metal frame. She has no water in her house and must carry water from the community pump. Because of her advanced age and declining health, she is no longer able to work and cannot support herself. Sabina will be spending her...
30 Nov 2013
   It's that time of year again! Time to Sponsor a Student and provide the gift of education made possible by you, our amazing donors. We are genuinely grateful for your support throughout the year. With your help we have been able to carry on our projects, begin new ones, and provide scholarships for students that would otherwise have no access to...
30 Nov 2013
  ¨If you can´t feed a hundred people, then just feed one¨Mother Theresa, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, 1979Greetings from Guatemala! A place where tradition can bring hope and joy, especially during the holiday season. The practice of "Tamales at Christmas" grew from the Mayan tradition of tamales as a special and festive symbol as early as 1200 BC. Sadly, many of our families cannot afford the...
30 Nov 2013
Happy Thanksgiving, Feliz Dia de Acción de Gracias from Mayan Families!   You are amazing!  Thank you for what you have helped us to accomplish this year!Thank you for the food to feed the elderly, the children, the babies...the families who were hungry and had nothing to eat. Thank you for the shoes that children now have to wear on their feet, warm clothes, blankets to keep them warm...
30 Nov 2013
  In Guatemala, up to 69.5% of indigenous children are chronically malnourished(United Nations, World Food Programme) This Tuesday, December 3 we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving with #GivingTuesday which creates a day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season.For this...
19 Oct 2013
Hi everyone,We have switched all of our Blogs over to our Mayan Families New Web SitePlease visit this link from now on to enjoy or new blog posts!https://mayanfamilies.org/blogs
15 Oct 2013
Today we had  a meeting with 15 people . These were representatives of the different municipalities in the Department of Solola.  They came to ask for our help. Their concern was the great problem of malnutrition amongst children.They had a list of 149 children who were in danger of dying from severe malnutrition. They asked us if we could just help these 149 children with food.  They had...
15 Oct 2013
This baby boy was born on September 17th.....his name is Aristides .....the same as his father. He is the 11th child to be born into this family.The father works in the market carrying heavy loads for customers.He does not have a fixed salary, it just depends on how much he earns in tips.Some days he earns $5, some days $6 and if he is lucky, $7 a day.Little Aristides weighed 4 1/2 lbs when he was born. He...
01 Oct 2013
Today is a celebration in all schools for children in Guatemala!  It is a fun day!This year we are not celebrating Children's Day in our pre schools until tomorrow.This is because the pre schools were closed last week for vacation..and they re opened yesterday....so it took an extra day for the teachers to get organized.We would like to celebrate at each pre school with chuchitos, a drink of horchata, and...
01 Oct 2013
The Mayan Families Beauty Salon  Picking up on the global demand for income generating programs for women, we launched an innovative training scheme in July of this year to teach local indigenous women the art of manicures and pedicures with the view to open a fully functioning salon that will meet the growing demand for tourists and locals alike.  The Mayan Families Beauty Salon is the first of its kind...
22 Sep 2013
Hi everyone,The Saturday classes are not just a tutoring class, they are formal school classes. They are held on Saturday or Sundays for students who have to work ..or for students, like Claudia who are so much older than the kids in their regular school classes. ...in these situations it is often embarrassing for students to continue school ..when they are 16 years old and everyone in the class...
12 Apr 2013
Two days ago we had our Sewing Class Graduation party....there were 7 women who graduated from this sewing course.They were all very excited.Most of them have very little education...in fact, one of the women in her Thank you speech told me that she had been wanting to learn to sew for a long time but every where  a course was offered, she was not eligible because you have to have a 6th grade education to...
31 Dec 2012
Last Hours to donate to MAYAN FAMILIES for 2012!http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs175/1103559743325/archive/1112017721517.html If this newsletter doesn't look beautiful view it on our webpage.        Greetings!  As this year draws to an end, we would like to dedicate this last day of the year, with gratitude, to all of the supporters, donors and sponsors of...
18 Dec 2012
Mayan Families Elderly Care Video!When you think of hunger, your thoughts may not immediately turn to Guatemala.Please watch this wonderful Video a volunteer helped to make! http://youtu.be/NeidPggD0hs Please post, share, blog, Like on Facebook etc! Thank you all so much! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
11 Dec 2012
A Special Holiday Video from the Children in Agua Escondida!                     Click on the link below to watch! http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs175/1103559743325/archive/1111788829127.html
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