Friday, February 26, 2016
Staff Spotlight: Adela - Bringing Mental Healthcare to Mayan Families
Grace White
blog image Although mental health services should be integrated into primary care, the reality is that accessing them can be challenging under the best of circumstances. To address an urgent need we see in many communities that we work with, Mayan Families is taking another step towards offering complete prima

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
‘Tis the Season for Community Celebration at the Annual Christmas Party for the Elderly
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Holiday festivities are in full swing at Mayan Families! Last week we held our annual Christmas party for the Elderly Care Program and WOW, was it a success! Many of the elderly in our program have, very sadly, been abandoned by their families—mostly due to the family’s financial situati

Monday, May 4, 2015
Remind her that someone cares this Mother's day
Grace White
blog image As Mother's Day draws near, many of our Kids in Critical Need feel a particular sense of loss and pain. In school, the children are encouraged to make decorations and cards expressing their adoration of their loving mothers. For our Kids in Critical Need their mothers have either passed aw

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Kids in Critical Need: Karina's Story
Grace White
blog image By Margaret LawlaceOn the night of December 19, 2012, 16-year-old Karina decided she couldn’t take her grandparents’ abuse any longer. She grabbed her 7-year-old sister and left her grandparents’ house with nothing in her pockets. They found an abandoned room to sleep in in San Jor

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Save Our Elderly & Kids In Crisis Feeding Center in San Jorge: Ingrid's Strength
Grace White
blog image Ingrid is one of the many children who live in a true state of crisis. As a young child, Ingrid and her sisters suffered greatly due to a lack of food and a lack of care. Even though at that time, they had both parents, Ingrid’s mother had an illness that prevented her from giving materna

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Save Our Elderly & Kids In Crisis Feeding Center in San Jorge: Rolando's Story
Grace White
blog image The Kids in Critical Need Program is a program that cares for the most forgotten and vulnerable children of rural Guatemala: those with no parents, those with no home, and those with an extreme risk of suffering from malnutrition. Frequently the stories are too sad or their lives too diffi

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
A Story of Hope & Encouragement: Doña Isabelle
Grace White
blog image We were met on the street by Doña Isabelle and two of her own children to make a routine home visit, a mandatory part of our Mayan Families “Kids in Critical Need” Program.  The objective of these quarterly visits is to check in on the families a

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Mayan Families Kids in Critical Need: The Stories of Claudia and Blanca
Katy Morris
blog image While most of the families we work with live in extremely dire situations, there are many children in rural Guatemala who literally have no one to care for them but themselves. That's why we set up a specialized Kids in Critical Need Program ( to hel

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

Friday, December 12, 2014
Christmas Party for the Kids in Critical Need was a Success
Grace White
blog image The Mayan Families’ Kids in Critical Need recently received a tremendous treat: a Christmas Party! Myrna, Cami, and Sandy came prepared to throw a party for the Kids in Critical Need that will not soon be forgotten! Armed with pinatas, Santa suits, presents, fun activities, and delicious treat

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time for Bingo Fun for our Kids in Critical Need
Grace White
blog image The Kids in Critical Need Program is centered around bringing vital nutrients to children lacking the familial structure that would normally provide this necessity, Mayan Families can’t help but have a little fun as well. Healthy, social interaction is also an integral part of being a child an

Friday, November 14, 2014
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Vanajeros Bring Light to Elderly and Kids in Critical Need
Grace White
blog image When visiting the elderly of San Jorge, I am always content to help distribute lunch and chat with them. However, on a recent visit, my day took an interesting turn. Through the excellent networking skills of one of our volunteers, an amazing group of photographers/videographers happened upon Mayan

Friday, November 7, 2014
Celebrating International Orphan Day at Mayan Families
Grace White
blog image Once a year the world takes a moment to recognize the plight of orphans around the world. Fortunately, most altruistic persons think on the condition of these too frequently forgotten children more than once a year. We have first hand experience with this altruism in the form of our Kids i

Monday, October 13, 2014
Kids in Critical Need go to the Feria
Grace White
blog image To the absolute glee of many of the children in our Kids in Critical Need Program, our devoted supporters enabled us to bring them to the Panajachel Fair for some fun and games! Since our office is very close to the main block of the square, many of the kids would pass it daily yet were unable to pa

Friday, August 8, 2014
Traditional Dishes for the Elderly and Kids in Need
Claire Allen
blog image Carefully tending to her baby cousin and his 5-year-old brother, Cindy makes the trek down the hills of San Jorge to eat her daily meal. With the little one on her back and the infant by her side, she knows that once again, she’s not going to have to worry about finding some scraps to eat.Her

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Amazing Funding Response for Kids in Critical Need!
Claire Allen
blog image July has been a great month for Kids in Critical Need. We are thrilled to have received so many donations that allow us to build a better life for all the orphans and disadvantaged children we’re caring for. We’re thrilled to see to see that folks back home care for these kids as much as

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Claudia and Brandon Find People to Provide for them
Claire Allen
blog image Claudia and Brandon are brother and sister that are sponsored students at Mayan Families. Their father had abandoned them many years back, and a few months ago, their mother also left them to live with another man. They moved in with their grandmother, who was eating as part of our Elderly Care prog

Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Kids Take a Trip to the Circus
Claire Allen
blog image The circus is in town in Panajachel! Thanks to the generosity of some of our sponsors, we were able to take them to the show. On Monday night, they enjoyed popcorn, caramel apples, and a uniquely Guatemalan circus show - don’t worry though, no animals are involved in the performance. &nbs

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Evading the Dangers of Migration
Claire Allen
blog image Around the lake there are hundreds of children with no one to care for them, who go hungry every day, and are forced to spend their time looking for something to eat out on the streets. Life can be hard on these kids and, because of this, every year thousands of youngsters flee the violence and pove

Friday, July 25, 2014
Abandoned Children Aided by Kids in Critical Need
Claire Allen
blog image Shortly after her 15th birthday, Blanca came to our offices with her two younger brothers in a terrible situation: their mother had abandoned them to live with another man and they were forced to move in with their uncle and his family. Unfortunately, the uncle doesn’t feed or care for th

Friday, June 20, 2014
Our Kids in Critical Need Program Provides a Lifeline for Hungry Children
Katy Morris
blog image Kids in Critical Need Provides a Lifeline for Hungry ChildrenPerhaps the most important need for a child outside of a safe home is a warm meal. Sadly, the children we work with often have neither. With so many bereft of one or both parents, and with nobody to care for them, Mayan Families has set up

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Max & Angelina Are Back!
Helene Smith
blog image Maximo and Angelina are thrilled to be back with their family, especially their siblings Ana and Tomas! Although the children will always be stunted for their age due to the degree of severe malnutrition they experienced during crucial developmental stages, they are so full of life these days, and a

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