Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The 2016 Mayan Families Christmas Card!
Lauren Erlandson
blog image This Christmas, are you making a donation in honor of someone? Download our Mayan Families Holiday Card and make the gift even more special for someone you care about. Whether you are bringing joy to a community, a family, or an individual, this card is the perfect addition

Friday, April 22, 2016
We're Opening a New Preschool Nutrition Center in Peña Blanca!
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Erin Crandell, Communications and Marketing ManagerWe are so excited about this news that we can't hold it in any longer: Mayan Families is opening a new Preschool Nutrition Center in Peña Blanca!Photo by Erin Crandell Why Peña Blanca?When we first started brainstorming

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Zika: What do you need to know?
Lauren Erlandson
blog image The Zika virus has been dominating the global health news for the past two weeks. The Zika virus has now spread to 20 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is expected to spread more, as the mosquitoes that carry it can be found across the region. To date, Guatemala has regist

Friday, January 29, 2016
From the Director's Desk: Exciting Changes in the Preschool Nutrition Centers!
blog image 2016 is a year of big changes for the Mayan Families Preschool Nutrition Centers. After years of experience working with and in rural communities, we are so grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families.This year we opened a new classroom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Emergency Assistance Needed: Mayra & Her Family
blog image Mayra first came to our attention when the local public health center called us. She had gone to give birth to her baby alone and was completely unprepared – she didn’t even have clothes for the baby to keep him warm. We found out that then 19-year-old Mayra was all alone and had no choi

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Save Our Elderly & Kids In Crisis Feeding Center in San Jorge: GlobalGiving Campaign Launched
Katy Morris
blog image From day one, our main goal here at Mayan Families has been to promote long-term development in each of the rural communities we work. In doing so, we aim to educate, feed, shelter, and heal the most impoverished populations in rural Guatemala. Among the most vulnerable and poor individuals include

Friday, March 13, 2015
Digital Learning Day: Computer Education at Mayan Families
blog image Today we join the global community in celebrating Digital Learning Day!Digital learning, which is a crucial component of modern education, encompasses various tools and applications to support students in their education. We see it as a critical element of lea

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Mayan Families Staff Spotlight: Hugo's Story
blog image By Margaret LawlaceWe are excited to announce a new series that highlights the stories of hardworking, indigenous Guatemalan Mayan Families staff members. Here is the story of Hugo. Every day eighteen-year-old Hugo wakes up before the sun rises. He works two jobs six days a week to be able

Friday, January 30, 2015
NEW Mailing Address for 2015 Check Donations to Mayan Families!
Katy Morris
blog image Please note that we have recently had a change of address for sending checks to Mayan Families within the US. Mayan FamiliesP.O. Box 710400Santee, CA. 92072 Don't worry if you have a check in the mail that has been sent to our old address. These will be automatically forwarded to our

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sponsor a Student, Change a Life
blog image  With just ONE day of the year left, you can still make a meaningful, life-changing contribution and receive a 2014 tax deduction before the clock strikes midnight!  How can you help the most?  Consider investing in a child's future through a student sponsorsh

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Witnessing the True Christmas Spirit by one of our Kids in Critical Need
blog image Despite working with impoverished families in Guatemala for over twenty years, every now and then I still have those moments where I am taken aback and stop in my tracks in awe. Last night, I watched as little Emmanuel, one of the boys who we are looking after as part of our Kids

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Why Tamales? The Tradition of Christmas Tamale Baskets
blog image Why Tamales at Christmas?For many indigenous Guatemalans, it wouldn't be Christmas without tamales. While there are many varieties of tamales throughout Guatemala, the most common kinds are made of maize and stuffed with a thick, flavorful sauce, vegetables and pork or chicken. Every year, Maya

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving 2014!
Katy Morris
blog image Every year, we are amazed at the generosity of our supporters. This #Thanksgiving day, we'd like to personally thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support. Please enjoy this video we created to thank you for helping us educate, feed, shelter, and heal the

Monday, November 24, 2014
One Stop Holiday Shopping Guide with Mayan Families
Katy Morris
blog image The holidays will be here before you know it!  We hope that as you begin your holiday shopping this year, you consider one of the many meaningful gift options that will directly support Mayan Families. From handmade, one-of-a-kind wooden jewelry boxes made by students in our 

Monday, September 29, 2014
Nearly 100 Vaccines Given Out to Rescued Animals
Grace White
blog image Last week, a group from Mayan Families partnered with a team from Panajachel's Hospital Veterinario Zoo Mazcota to deliver a total of 92 vaccines to rescued animals and anti-parasitics to three puppies. What an incredible number! Mayan Families would like to thank these volunteers from the Hosp

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Mayan Families September Newsletter: Grow Your Dollar in San Antonio Matching Gift Campaign
blog image   For many of us, the changing of the seasons into fall means going back to school and starting a fresh new school year of growth. Such is the case for us here at Mayan Families as well. We are thrilled to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has pledged $27,500 toward the pu

Thursday, September 4, 2014
2 little boys and a grandmother. .
blog image This grandmother came into the office today feeling very desperate.Five years ago she heard that her 18 year old daughter was drunk on the street and was trying to sell her one year old son.The grandmother, Elisabeth, 48 years old rushed to get her grandson...she called the police and she was able t

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Baby needs help.
blog image This young 11 year old girl came to Mayan Families today. She was brought in by a neighbor.  The young one is caring for her baby sister who is 6 months old. The baby is very malnourished.   Her mother has mental health problems and is unable to care for the baby or anyone in the family. &

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Charlie’s Sponsor Warmly Recalls Their Relationship
Katy Morris
blog image As a long-standing supporter of Mayan Families, donor Angela Grussing reflects warmly on her unforgettable relationship with Charlie Alberto Gomez. While running a small nonprofit Nuestros Niños Charity, Angela works as a stay-at-home mom to her three children in Knoxville, TN. Her

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Generous Donations Made in Honor of Oregon Wedding
Katy Morris
blog image Often tribute gifts tend to hold more meaning than material ones. We were joyed this month to see that Amy and Holly of Oregon requested that their guests give donations to Mayan Families in place of wedding gifts on their special day. Read their touching story below:“We wanted to as

Thursday, August 7, 2014
In the News: Guatemalan Children Exodus & How We Can Help
Dwight Poage
blog image I’m sure by now you have seen the well-publicized humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing Central America seeking refuge in the United States. Unfortunately, this issue is far from new; according to the Washington Post, the arrival of immigrant children to the US southern bo

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Another Service for Charlie!
Dwight Poage
blog image There will be another service to honor Charlie this morning at 8.30.am. at the Mayan Families office compound before he is accompanied by his family members and Mayan Families staff members back to his home village near Alta Verapaz. Charlie had been sending money home to help his widowed grand

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Charlie Alberto: Always in our Hearts
blog image Last night the Mayan Families' family had Charlie's viewing at the Mayan Families office compound; over 150 people came to pay their respect, express their love and affection for Charlie throughout the night. Some of our staff kept a vigil all night in the candle-lit room, as is Guatemalan custom, s

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A Tragic day!
Dwight Poage
blog image Today is an extremely tragic day for us here at Mayan Families, as we say goodbye to a beloved member of our own family, Charlie Alberto. Many of you who have come to visit had the pleasure of meeting him as one of our devoted Carpenters at our Carpentry Trade School and an interpreter for visi

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Triumph in Adversity: Woman Becomes Artist After Losing Both Arms
Katy Morris
blog image Cristy was born to a very poor rural indigenous family in the Guatemalan Highlands. Like many impoverished young girls in the region, she never imagined the opportunity of having an education, or for that matter, many other life opportunities.Since her family could not afford to care for her and her

Monday, June 23, 2014
7 Years of Making a Difference: A Little Bit of History
Katy Morris
blog image We have been honored to work with some fantastic groups over the past 7+ years. Paso por Paso, a Canadian Charity that shares our passion for helping impoverished Mayan families in the region, has been instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.Thank you to Judith Rapson for this fantastic blog wr

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Angel #599
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi friends,Angel #599 is the young boy , 15 years old who has muscular dystrophy...he is confined to an electric wheelchair. His mother ...a single mother and a very hard worker is going through a most difficult time. She works in a restaurant and right now, with the torrential rains there is no wor

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
A Baby in Need of URGENT Medical Care
Katy Morris
blog image Kendal's life is at risk. For the past month, Kendal has had severe health problems, and Yaxon, his single mother desperately looking for work, simply does not have the money to give Kendal the medical attention he needs. Yaxon still live with her own parents, who are also u

Monday, June 2, 2014
Family dealing with a house fire
Dwight Poage
blog image 11 days ago I talked to this family that has just gone through the trauma of losing all their possessions in a  house fire.The mother is a single mother...and her resilience and her strength, like so many  Mayan women here, just amazed me once again. The mother , raising 5 childr

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Another Amazing Mothers struggle!
Dwight Poage
blog image Yesterday I talked to this family that has just gone through the trauma of losing all their possessions in a house fire. The mother is a single mother...and her resilience and her strength, like so many Mayan women here, just amazed me once again. The mother , raising 5 children alone told me her st

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
8 year old Brayan Ricardo needs your urgent help!
Dwight Poage
blog image This young boy, Brayan Ricardo was playing at school today when he fell off the monkey bars and fell right onto his jaw.   He has been rushed to the hospital in Guatemala City . The Director of the school and his father is with him. His mother could not go as she has to stay home and

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Tomasa #1636
Dwight Poage
blog image Tomasa was 9 years old and fleeing her home,  at night, from the mud slides of  Hurricane Stan in 2005 when she tripped and fell and poked her eye with a stick.She got an infection in her eye...but the family could not afford medical care.   Tomasa eventually had to have the

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Will You Help Adrian? Anciano #A108
blog image Here is yet another endearing person who is desparately in need of assistance. Meet Adrian. He is 75 years old and unfortunately, his wide died three years ago from Parkinson's Disease (she also suffered from kidney problems as well). Although they had two children together, they have since mov

Monday, May 19, 2014
May Dental Clinic at Mayan Families - Thank You to GAP!
blog image We were very happy to have a large group of dentists and dental crew come to Mayan Families this month.This group, called the Guatemalan Awareness Project, has committed to providing dental care for the improverished people of Guatemala (check out their website to learn more: http://www.mayanga

Friday, May 9, 2014
Celebrating World Fair Trade Day 2014!
Katy Morris
blog image If you have ever visited our hometown of Panajachel, you have no doubt seen the wide array of beautifully crafted beaded jewelry produced by local indigenous women.   But did you know the process by which this jewelry reaches stores?  Often, these artisans are women limited by a lack

Monday, May 5, 2014
Maximo & Angelina Need Your Help!
Katy Morris
blog image Back in September we were horrified to learn about the extent of severe acute malnutrition affecting one of the families we work with in Cerro de Oro. Angelina, age 4, weighed merely 16 pounds, and Maximo, age 10, weighed only 26 pounds and both children were in serious danger of literally starving

Friday, April 25, 2014
Fayne and Catherine Bullen: An Inspiration To All
Katy Morris
blog image Fayne and Catherine Bullen, founding members of the Canadian organization, Paso por Paso, were recently honored for their achievements in constructing the Tierra Linda Elementary School, where many of our sponsored students are lucky enough to attend school. While other sponsors have helped to

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Mayan Families Semana Santa Food Baskets 2014
Helene Smith
blog image Check out our Semana Santa Food Baskets Newsletter -- hope you can donate!                                                               &nb

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Medical help urgently needed for 4 year old boy
Dwight Poage
blog image 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 othe

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
New address to donate by check!
Dwight Poage
blog image As of March-2015 Change of address for sending checksPlease note that if you are one of our many donors who like to send us checks we have changed postal addresses for the USA! the new address is: Mayan FamiliesPO Box 710400Santee,CA. 92072United States of America  Don´t be conc

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Alba is in the hospital and in need of help
Dwight Poage
blog image Alba is 17 years old. She comes from a very poor family who do not have the resources to help her with medical care. She is one of 10 children.  They lost their home in the Tropical Storm Agatha and have lived in a tent and then in a house made of cane sticks since then. Her father wo

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Dwight Poage
blog image ANTHROPOLOGIST WORKS TO PRESERVE THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF SOLOLÁHere is an interesting article about an American anthropologist who is fluent in Kaqchiquel Maya and who has been working in Sololá for the past 17 years. He has recently completed a project of a social sciences text, wr

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Another way our wonderful sponsors are changing lives!!!
Dwight Poage
blog image Another way our wonderful sponsors are changing lives!!!  15 year old  Debora is fortunate to be sponsored by the Stubbs family who wanted to do something to help her with her eye issues.   They arranged for her to have a very successful eye operation in the city!What a huge diff

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Tecun Uman Day!
Dwight Poage
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Today is Tecun Uman Day ....I am just off to the parade to put the sash on the princess of our Pre school in Panajachel.

Here is a description of Tecun Uman Day from a great blog.

Monday, January 20, 2014
University Week at Mayan Families! January 20th through 27th!
Katy Morris
blog image It's here!  University Week at Mayan Families!  As this is the last week for University enrollment in Guatemala, it is the last chance for many Mayan Families students to find sponsorship.  We want to help them make higher education a reality.  Everyday this week we will pos

Friday, January 17, 2014
Next Week is University Week at Mayan Families! Help us find sponsorships for our top students sponsored before the enrollment deadline!
Katy Morris
blog image University Aspirations for Mayan Family Students!Did you know that next week is the final week for University enrollment for the 2014 school year in Guatemala?  Here at Mayan Families we are so proud of high school graduates who have decided to pursue higher education!  Many have already e

Saturday, January 11, 2014
From 12-12-13
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi friends, This has been quite a time for accidents and funerals and sadness......First we had Gloria and Juan's father pass away...that was a huge funeral that was very beautiful. It is wonderful to see so many families and friends come together and support the family, they are never left alo

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