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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
December Newsletter



Dear Friends of Mayan Families,

As we near the end of my first year as Executive Director of Mayan Families, I am filled with gratitude. Gratitude for our team here on the ground in Guatemala, for the progress we are making and the incredible programs that we provide, for the community that we are so blessed to serve, for our donors who make the good work possible, and for the support of our Board and my own family who have held me up through a hard but rewarding year. 

I am deeply proud of the changes and improvements that we have made this year to create needed systems, hire talented staff, and to improve every single one of our programs. We are so excited to move into 2020 with new mission, vision and values that will guide us towards many future successes.

 As 2019 comes to a close, I am thrilled to share some highlights, as well as some exciting news to kick off the new year!



  • Hiring, or promoting internally, brilliant indigenous staff members to lead our work.
  • Putting in place internal systems and controls to assure that our resources are well-managed and efficiently reach the communities and programs that they are intended for.
  • Digging into improving relationships with local leaders and communities.
  • Making improvements to every single program.
  • Piloting a socio-economic study so that we can better understand the needs and strengths of the families that we serve, and opportunities to improve our programs.




  • Upper Arlington Rotary Club is making two huge new initiatives possible! With their support we will be opening a malnutrition clinic in January, with a full-time doctor and programming focused on prevention, and intensive, holistic interventions offered for children and families facing chronic malnutrition.
  • We are also receiving their support in opening a community center focused on helping support the elderly and keep them integrated with society, in collaboration with the community of Santa Maria el Tablón
  • Thanks to a new partnership with Dr. Steven Hewett, we will be opening a state-of-the-art dental clinic, as access to dental care is a major issue here and tied intrinsically to malnourishment.
  • All of our programs will continue to deepen and improve as staff learn, listen and collaborate with communities



I am proud, I am excited, and we have more work to do yet. As we close out the year and look ahead to 2020, we'd invite you to consider making your end-of-year donation to Mayan Families. This will help us have an even stronger foundation to build upon, especially in our Education Program where we have many students who need and deserve a sponsor. If you'd like to designate your donation to our Education Program, please include a note in the comments.


And with that, I’d like to share a final, heartfelt thank you for all that you do. With your support, we can have a prosperous and impactful new year!


Thank you!

Erin Mooney



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