Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Student Spotlight: A Second Chance for Students with Disabilities
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Lindsay McNeish, Multimedia InternGrowing up, Perla Alejandrina never thought she was going to be able to afford university. Attending university was always a dream of hers, but she knew that with her economic situation, it was only that: a dream.Luckily, Perla was sponsored by Mayan Fami

Friday, June 22, 2018
My Second Dream: A University Sponsorship Story
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Moises BebraiMoises Bebrai is a Mayan Families sponsored stduent. He attends the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala Campus Altiplano and is studying to be a teacher.One of my first dreams in life was to become a dentist. I felt that it was my calling, but my life circumstances did not per

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Celebrating Literacy, Our Obstacles and Accomplishments in Rural Guatemala
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Daniela Trujillo, Student Sponsorship CoordinatorIt is early in the morning and Juana struggles to get out of bed. She hears the roosters outside her window as her mom feeds them. This is how she knows it’s time to wake up and get ready for school. She washes her face with a bucket

Monday, February 19, 2018
Bilingual Education in Guatemala, 1944 - Present
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Hunter Powell Kennedy, Education Program CoordinatorIn many ways, Mayan Families 6 Preschool Nutrition Centers are the centerpiece of the organization. Not only is the Panajachel preschool located next to our office, but their methods underscore the holistic approach Mayan Families takes to communit

Friday, November 24, 2017
Tutoring Helps Students Unlock Their Potential
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Megan Furnivall, Education Program ManagerMaría had been having trouble at school for several years. Her parents were growing increasingly worried about whether or not María would be able to continue her studies after she failed a grade for the second time. Since they never

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Give Tutoring to Tierra Linda
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Ellie Wason, Education DevelopmentTierra Linda - meaning ‘beautiful land’ - is a quiet, rural town in the mountains overlooking Lake Atitlan. Aptly named, everywhere you look are stunning views of steep green slopes, with the lake and volcanoes peaking out in the distance. Hou

Monday, November 6, 2017
Top 5 Reasons for Having Garden Chickens
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson: Food Security & Community Development Program ManagerThe San Antonio Community Garden has feathery new additions to the family! This year, we added a hen house and egg-laying hens to our garden in San Antonio Palopó. Here are the top five reasons why we lovi

Monday, October 30, 2017
4 Reasons Why Tutoring is Essential in Guatemala
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by: Abby von Allmen: Communications AssociateIt is no secret that education can be the pathway to a successful future. What happens when that education is met with obstacles, not easily overcome by ability or ambition?Currently 30% of students in Guatemala do not pass the first grade. To com

Monday, May 22, 2017
Maria gets the Care she Needs to Beat Hepatitis
Medical Intern
blog image Written by Audra Fain, Medical Program InternA few months into the school year, Maria* got sick with a cold that only got worse. Eventually, her mother needed to take her to the nearest health post in Sololá, a 20 to 30 minute drive away that cost her in money and time away from work. Maria a

Thursday, April 27, 2017
New year and new expansion in our Diabetes Education Initiative
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program ManagerIn 2017, Mayan Families is expanding the focus and the impact of our Diabetes Education Initiative. Previously, we have helped diabetic patients manage their disease and develop healthier habits. Now, we are attacking the disease at its source wit

Thursday, April 27, 2017
We did it! Time for a celebration!
Glen Thesslin
blog image Written by Mark Prunella-Miller, Donor Relations ManagerGracias from the San Antonio Preschool Class of 2017! (Gif by Livvy Runyon)Over a year ago, the mission to provide a permanent and spacious building for the preschoolers in San Antonio began. Thanks to you, we finally have the funds to make thi

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Rosa’s Legacy: Marisela Advocates for Mayan Women through Education
Livvy Runyon
blog image “Ever since I graduated high school, I had this longing to keep going, but with the resources I had, I couldn’t do it. I always had that in mind, though, to continue. That one day, I have to go. I have to go.” (Photo by Livvy Runyon)Marisela speaks of higher education with fervor i

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Why can't students in rural Guatemala get ahead?
Education Development
blog image Written by Barbara Quillec, Education Development ManagerThanks to various educational reforms since 2008, the rate of primary school enrollment in Guatemala now approaches 100%. Not only does the government now ensure six years of free primary school, but it has recently increased its effort to imp

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Kick-starting the School Year with our First Well Child Check-ups!
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program ManagerLast week, our medical team finished our first set of Well Child Check-ups!For four days, our clinic staff travelled out to the remote community of El Barranco to offer check-ups to the students in our preschool. Overall, the team saw 58 children,

Monday, March 20, 2017
Mayan Families and Living on One: A Flourishing Partnership Bringing Change in Peña Blanca!
Lauren Erlandson
blog image In 2015, Living on One released Living on One Dollar, a documentary which followed the plight of families living in Peña Blanca, Guatemala living on less than $1 a day. Following this, Mayan Families partnered with Living on One to innovate sustainable community development solutions thr

Friday, March 17, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Celebrating 10 years working with Paso por Paso!
Education Manager
blog image Written by Megan Furnivall, Education Program ManagerThis February, we were very pleased to welcome Paso por Paso back to Guatemala for yet another year. This year, the group of Canadian teachers celebrated their 10th anniversary of working alongside Mayan Families.Their visit, as always, was action

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Staff Spotlight: Jorge Mario Gives and Gets a Hand Up Through the Trade Schools
Liam Bluer
blog image Written by Liam Bluer, Social Entrepreneurship CoordinatorEver since Jorge Mario can remember, his parents have struggled with debt. Debt is a product of living in poverty, but also something that has perpetuated those circumstances. “My family’s situation has been difficult because of f

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Why Pre-K matters: Meet Yenifer and Nicolasa
Student Sponsorship
blog image Written by Student Sponsorship Coordinator Anne-Sophie RobinFor generations of indigenous children in the rural highlands of Guatemala, attending preschool has never been in the cards. Nicolasa was no exception. When this mother of five was given the opportunity to send her youngest daughter to the

Monday, November 14, 2016
Welcoming Back Upper Arlington Rotary Club!
Glen Thesslin (Shelter)
blog image Written by Charlotte Burke, Shelter Development CoordinatorThis past week, we were thrilled to receive another visit from the Upper Arlington Rotary Club. The Upper Arlington Rotary Club, from Columbus Ohio, has been a longtime supporter of our programs at Mayan Families, visiting Guatemala annually

Monday, November 7, 2016
Shampoo 101: Bringing Business and Innovation to the Community Garden
Community Development
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson, Strengthening Communities Program ManagerA garden can grow fresh, nutritious produce. However, when you add community to the equation, you add relationships and collective learning. At our San Antonio Community Garden we aim to cultivate a place of learning and leadership f

Monday, October 31, 2016
With the Right Care, Sofia Will Grow Up Healthy
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program ManagerThis past summer, Juana* was starting to worry about her daughter, Sofia*. Five-year-old Sofia had developed a few spots on her face. At first, it seemed to be nothing serious, and Juana thought it would go away on its own. However, the spots were

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Education is an inalienable right. But is it actually?
Education Development
blog image Written by Barbara Quillec, Education Development ManagerDespite being a universal and inalienable right, achieving education for all remains challenging. Whether through discriminatory policies or lack of financial resources, there is a part of the global population that is consistently exclud

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Opportunities and Leadership Through the San Antonio Community Garden
Family Aid
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson, Strengthening Communities CoordinatorOver the past year, we have seen our San Antonio Community Garden grow from bare dirt to rows of corn, amaranth, carrots, medicinal herbs, and seasonal fruits. Each crop represents an opportunity. An opportunity for learning and health i

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Fighting for an Education: Three Indigenous Students Share Their Stories

blog image Written by Jackie Yoc, Education Program Case CoordinatorAs any parent knows, supporting your children throughout their school life is costly.  In Guatemala, even though education within the public school system is ''free,'' school costs and fees for books, supplies, activities, and e

Monday, September 5, 2016
Student Spotlight: Lidia's Story
Education Coordinator
blog image Written by Megan Furnivall, Education Program CoordinatorThe last year of high school is a stressful time. For Lidia, this year is a time for hard work, reflection and hope for the future.Lidia entered the Mayan Families Student Sponsorship Program eight years ago, and has been a star student with e

Monday, August 1, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Nuestros Niños Brings Twice the Passion to Mayan Families!
Mayan Families Visits
blog image Written by Mark Prunella-Miller, Volunteer CoordinatorWe were thrilled to welcome back a long time supporter Angela Grussing and her group Nuestros Niños this month! Each year Nuestros Niños demonstrates their passion and determination to help families in various communities, and this

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Estefany Wins a Battle Against Malnutrition Thanks to the Preschool Nutrition Centers!
blog image Written by Stephanie Kim, Family Aid Intern Five year-old Estefany is bursting with energy as she runs and plays with her friends on the Panajachel Preschool Nutrition Center playground. Mayan Families’ Preschool Nutrition Centers provide 3 to 5 year old children from underserved communit

Friday, July 22, 2016
Empowering Women: Maria Carmen and the Sewing Trade School

blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateThe whir of machines punctuated by laughter and chatter emerges from the upstairs classroom of the Mayan Families Sewing School. Inside, eight women seated at lines of machines and desks take lessons from Don Alberto, the sewing instructor, in the advanced

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Supporter Appreciation Blog: A Small Group Makes a Big Impact!
Family Aid
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson, Strengthening Communities CoordinatorWe recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new group to Mayan Families! Viraj, Carolyn, and her daughter Katie were enthusiastic and always laughing throughout every activity. Although small in number, their impact was profound.During t

Friday, July 8, 2016
Staff Spotlight: How Alejandrina found Self-acceptance and a New Voice
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Rodrigo Saravia, translated to English by Erin Crandell As the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program coordinator, Alejandrina runs informational workshops two to three times a week with both children and adults to promote better hygiene in and out of their homes.Photo by Rodrigo Sa

Friday, July 8, 2016
Empleada Estrella: Alejandrina - Encargada del Programa WASH
blog image Escrito por Rodrigo Saravia; translado a ingles por Erin Crandell Alejandrina como encargada del programa WASH imparte charlas dos o tres veces a la semana a niños jóvenes y personas adultas para promover la higiene en sus hogares y fuera de ellos. Foto por Rodrigo Saravia &n

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Music With a Purpose For All Generations
Natalia Fernandes
blog image Written by Ailsa Bryce, Volunteer Program CoordinatorAt the start of this month, we were lucky enough to host two groups from Studio 108: Music with a Purpose led by Debbie Lutes. While here, both groups had a packed schedule, playing music to our preschoolers, installing stoves, helping with constr

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Stories from the Field: Magdalena’s Story

blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateRosa* races up the steep path to her home in the village of San Antonio. Her mother Magdalena* follows on her trail, laughing at  Rosa’s enthusiasm and energy, which has increased ever since she entered preschool the year before.Rosa and her moth

Monday, June 20, 2016
Fighting Malnutrition Through Mothers' Empowerment and Education
blog image Written by Clarke Glavin, Nutrition and Welfare Program CoordinatorA group of fifteen mothers attended a workshop as part of a series of educational talks on family planning and reproductive health, held by the Well Mother, Well Baby Program this June.One of these talks was led by Evelyn Roquel, an

Friday, June 17, 2016
It’s a team effort: Including fathers in the Well Mother, Well Baby Program

blog image This blog was written by Gabriela Burkey, our Nutrition & Welfare Development intern.“La familia es lo primero para un padre,” says Juan with energy and a bright smile. “Family comes first for a dad.”Juan was one of three men who requested time off work on a Friday evenin

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Staff Spotlight: Gricelda - Teaching a New Generation in San Antonio
Education Manager
blog image Written by Amy Porter, Education Program ManagerGricelda del Rosario Pérez Pérez grew up in the small town of San Antonio Palopó on the edge of Lake Atitlán, home mainly to indigenous Maya Guatemalans, like Gricelda. Today, she teaches at the Mayan Families Preschool Nutr

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Heritage College Brings Care to Communities
Medical Intern
blog image This blog was written by Sophia Kecskes, our medical intern. Last week, Mayan Families had the privilege of welcoming a group of university students and professionals from Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.We were thrilled to have the help of two teams from Heritage College. The firs

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Stories From the Field: Fortifying for Future Generations with Vitamin Angels

blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateWith the highest rates of stunting and chronic undernutrition in the Americas, Guatemala faces a serious challenge. These nutritional deficiencies are most prevalent in rural, indigenous areas, affecting about 80% of indigenous children. Our Preschool Nutri

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Project SPARK Brings Inspiration to the Preschools!
Liam Bluer
blog image Written by Liam Bluer, Education Development CoordinatorWe were so lucky to welcome Rachael, Lindsey, and Morgan from Project Spark, to our offices in Panajachel this past month!Project SPARK is a 501(c)(3) comprised of young professionals committed to addressing global problems through sustain

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
A Day in the Life of a Mayan Families Student: Sandra's Story
Liam Bluer
blog image Written by Liam Bluer, Education Development CoordinatorEvery day at 7 am, sixteen year-old Sandra wakes up in the small room she shares with her mother and older brother, brushes the sleep from her tired eyes, hauls herself from the bed, and launches herself into the long day’s work ahead. Sh

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Graduation time at our Community Garden!
Claire Allen
blog image Written by Claire Allen, Nutrition CoordinatorOur community garden in San Antonio Palopó flourished, and now the program is coming to a close. The women participating in the garden became a tight community, and learned a lot through our workshops and classes. Last week, participants and their

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

Monday, April 18, 2016
A Year in the Life of a Mayan Families Preschooler: Meet Zoila!
Education Coordinator
blog image Written by Megan Furnivall, Education Program CoordinatorEvery year in January all 3,000 of our sponsored students come into our offices to pick up their school supplies and shoes in preparation for the year ahead. Among these are our newest and youngest students - our preschoolers. Zoila, a prescho

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Staff Spotlight: Vicente’s Journey From Sponsored Student to Breaking Sexual Health Taboos
Education Manager
blog image Written by Amy Porter, Education Program ManagerAt Mayan Families we are lucky to be able to count on a great number of dedicated local staff, many of whom have been with us since the very beginning. Today we would like you to meet Vicente, our Mayan Families Trade School Coordinator, who also acts

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Constructing a School and Rebuilding a Life: Lyzania's Story
Liam Bluer
blog image Lyzania was too young to remember the night her family was torn apart. She has no memory of the ferocity of the storm, the violence of the sudden landslide, the cruel power of nature that took much more than just her home. She never got to know her older brother, her uncle, aunt and two cousins - al

Friday, February 12, 2016
Preserving a Language, Empowering a Generation
Juan Haro
blog image Written by former Mayan Families Volunteer Mikayla RaleyLast month, Edward John, a member of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues made headlines when he said: "Today, one indigenous language dies every two weeks. Indigenous cultures are threatened with extinction.’'According to T

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Volunteer Reflections: Photographing with Mayan Families
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by former Mayan Families Volunteer Photographer Anna Watts (All photos by Anna Watts)At the end of three weeks volunteering as a photographer at Mayan Families, I find myself facing a difficult task: how do I sum up the experiences, photographs, and communities I have encountered in a single

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Starting Fresh: El Barranco Debuts a New Classroom!
Lauren Erlandson
blog image With the beginning of each year comes a sense of newness—new shoes, new books and new classmates. Whether you are a teacher, a student, or a parent the first day of school requires preparation, and provides an opportunity to start fresh. In El Barranco, a small farming community in the highlan

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

Friday, January 29, 2016
The Long Road to the El Barranco Preschool
Lauren Erlandson
blog image The long-awaited second phase of the El Barranco Preschool has finished, just in time to have the classrooms filled with the laughter of children on the first day of school this January. With the opening of the second phase we doubled our impact and now over 60 children can attend the preschool. Tha

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Living on One: New Classrooms in Peña Blanca!
Lauren Erlandson
blog image In the months since the Living on One Dollar documentary was released, we have received an amazing amount of support from people all over the world. Thanks to thousands of dollars of generous donations, we were able to build two new classrooms for the Peña Blanca Primary School.New classrooms

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Why Sponsor? 2015 Student Sponsorship Success Stories
Liam Bluer
blog image In 2015, we were thrilled to see so many of our sponsored students overcoming the odds stacked against them and attaining their educational goals. For indigenous Guatemalans, the path to success is rarely straightforward.When the threat of going hungry is very real, as it is for many in this area, d

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Traditional Medicine Series - Part 2
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Here at the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic, we have found that many patients will come to our clinic only after they have consulted with a traditional healer. In rural Guatemala, traditional, plant-based medicine is still widely used. As a result, we have tried to familiarize ourselves with the t

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Announcing our WASH Program to Honor Global Handwashing Day!
Katy Morris
blog image Happy Global Handwashing Day!According to UNICEF, 1,400 children under the age of five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases which is often a direct result of lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.We’re soap-er (sorry, couldn’t help it) excited to announce we

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Preschool Teacher Training Takes our Early Education to New Levels
Del Lauren Vaske
blog image It’s no secret that here at Mayan Families we love our Preschool Nutrition Centers and our teachers!  One of the many reasons we think our teachers are so amazing is their dedication to education and lifelong learning in their communities.  In Guatemala, teachers are required to comp

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Mother-Daughter Team Helps Bring the Change!
blog image At 16 years of age, not many of us can say that we spent part of our summer vacation in Guatemala improving the health of others. Polina, however, is not like most 16 year olds. Her mother, Lynette, supported her decision to raise money and come to Mayan Families to install 8 fuel-efficient ONIL&nbs

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Loss of Rights for Young Guatemalan Mothers: Cristina's Story
Claire Allen
blog image For many indigenous mothers affiliated with Mayan Families, maternity and raising a family in the rural highlands of Guatemala often comes with a challenging set of responsibilities and concerns. According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) Guatemala has one of th

Friday, July 31, 2015
Updates From Peña Blanca & Living On One!
Katy Morris
blog image A few years ago, a small group of determined, curious and strong-willed filmmakers and economic majors still in college ventured to a rural Guatemalan town not far from the Mayan Families headquarters in Panajachel to embark on an adventure that many would call crazy.They were on a mission: to revea

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Hygiene Behaviors, a Worldwide Problem
Info Mayan Families
blog image         An important part of the Mayan Families Preschool Nutrition Centers’ curriculum involves teaching both preschool students and their parents about things like hygiene, nutrition, various health topics, and how to help their children succeed in school even i

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Successful Round of Preschool Spanish Evaluations
Info Mayan Families
blog image In five of our seven Preschool Nutrition Centers, students do not speak Spanish at home. While we encourage the use of native languages, not speaking Spanish can be yet another barrier for indigenous people as it prevents them from success in Guatemala’s school, judicial, political, and medica

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Reproductive Health & Family Planning Success!
Info Mayan Families
blog image We recently completed the final installment of our Ojos Abiertos Reproductive Health and Family Planning workshop series! The third and final round of workshops focused on family planning methods as well as sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).We are so proud of the progress

Friday, May 22, 2015
Sponsored Student Success: Evelyn's Story
Info Mayan Families
blog image Evelyn is the top student in her class. She graduated from the Mayan Families Preschool Nutrition Center in Panajachel in 2011 and has received multiple honors for her academic achievements since then. After every evaluation period, she proudly turns in her marks, with a grade of “excellent&rd

Friday, May 22, 2015
Sponsoring a Student: Your Top Questions Answered!
Info Mayan Families
blog image Whether you're a newbie or veteran sponsor, we've rounded up the top questions and answers you should know about this valuable experience.When will I hear from my student?Your student will write letters to you periodically, which you will receive via pictures on your student’s profile as well

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A New Carpenter’s Graduation Speech
blog image “It has been my lifelong dream to learn carpentry. Thanks for being part of my dream.” This is the message delivered by one of the students graduating from the Mayan Families Carpentry School. As part of our Vocational School programs, eight young men completed a year-long training

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Update on our Family Planning & Reproductive Health Education Workshops
Info Mayan Families
blog image Since January, Mayan Families has been running Family Planning & Reproductive Health workshops nearly every day. Almost 600 students in middle and high school participated in the first round of workshops and were introduced to many topics, including gender equality, sexual relationships, se

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

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, March 12, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Upper Arlington Rotary Club Visits El Barranco Preschool Nutrition Center
Katy Morris
blog image This February, we were thrilled to welcome back nine members of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club from Columbus, Ohio to Guatemala. They were able to visit all of the projects they have helped support, including the groundbreaking (literally!) construction of a brand new Preschool Nutri

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Over 200 Guatemalan Students Receive New Shoes for School Thanks to GlobalGiving Supporters
Katy Morris
blog image For some of these bright-eyed Guatemalan children with ear-to-ear smiles, it was the first time being able to shop in a real tienda and try on brand new shoes of their own. To say the levels of excitement and appreciation were high would be an understatement. And this was all thanks t

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Community Garden Update: The Garden Mamas Graduate!
Claire Allen
blog image Time has flown since April of 2014, when we began surveying levels of experience & interest in a pilot community garden program among mothers of students attending the San Antonio Palopó Preschool Nutrition Center. I was the gardener from the U.S. who couldn’t keep names straig

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Well Mother, Well Baby Program: Education is Key
Grace White
blog image For all of us in the US or similar countries who are lucky to have access to dependable medical expertise, the internet or even the ability to read books on infant nutrition, the decision of “what to feed my baby?” is a well-informed one and relatively easy to answer. Most of our fears o

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Microloans Program Women of Success: Mujeres de Éxito
blog image Chaquijyá is a small rural community located up the road from Panajachel. Recently, I joined several other Mayan Families staff members for a visit there as part of our Microloans Program. As we drove up the steep road that connects Panajachel with Sololá. The road got smaller and

Sunday, February 15, 2015
A Proud and Festive Occasion: Opening Ceremony of the El Barranco Preschool and Community Center
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you to Nancy Hewett, volunteer and enthusiastic supporter of the Mayan Families Mission, for the contribution of this blog post.   As we walked along a dirt path leading to the site of our newly completed El Barranco Preschool Nutrition Center, we couldn’t help but sh

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, February 5, 2015
University Students Eager to Continue Their Higher Education
Katy Morris
blog image There is just one week left before the university semester starts here in Guatemala, which gives us one last chance to help the 20 high school grads in our program who are eager to continue their higher education. In most cases, these students are the first in their families to go to schoo

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Introducing Our Ojos Abiertos Program: Educating Youth on Reproductive Health and Family Planning in Rural Guatemala
Info Mayan Families
blog image Did you know that more than one in five Guatemalan young women have babies before their 18th birthday (UNESCO)? According to the World Health Organization, indigenous women in rural Guatemalan communities have an average of six children, one of the highest fertility rates in the world. Man

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Connecting Sponsors and Students through the Carpentry Trade School
blog image Some weeks ago our Carpentry Trade School had an interesting request. Bill, one of our sponsors who spends a fair amount of time here in Panajachel, asked the school to help him design and build a closet for one of his sponsored students, Felix.In many cases cardboard boxes, plastic bags, or si

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

Monday, December 8, 2014
Construction of the El Barranco Preschool and Community Center Progressing Thanks to Generosity of Donors
Shelter Coordinator
blog image The road to constructing a brand new Preschool Nutrition Center and Community Center in the rural village of El Barranco has been somewhat long and challenging. And while the process is still underway, the progress we've made since becoming involved in the small hillside community in

Friday, November 28, 2014
Erick Graduates from High School!
Info Mayan Families
blog image Erick, one of our many sponsored students, successfully graduated from high school this fall! This is a huge accomplishment for any student in the world, but for Erick and his family who live in rural Guatemala, this graduation is life-changing. He is so lucky to have had the support to co

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Living On One Stops By for a Special Student Graduation
Glen Thesslin
blog image Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the founders of Living on One on a return visit to Panajachel. Their visit marked a very special occasion -- the high school graduation of Rosa Coj Bocel, a Mayan Families sponsored student that they have helped support. Rosa's path merged wi

Friday, October 10, 2014
Celebrating International Day of the Girl: Promoting Women in STEM
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you to Mary Scherer, volunteer, for her contribution of this blog. Mary is in her junior year at Ohio State Univeristy, where she is studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. Growing up with three older brothers, I have always been accustomed to being surrounded by men. But even that

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Celebrating World Teachers' Day
Info Mayan Families
blog image Our Preschool Nutrition Centers provide young, impoverished students ages three to five with the opportunity to get a head start with their education. Today on World Teachers' Day we would like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers for everything they do to make sure our students have

Friday, September 12, 2014
Preschool Spanish Evaluation Results Are In!
Katy Morris
blog image One of the ways our Preschool Nutrition Centers help young students prepare for a successful education is by teaching them Spanish. Since most rural Guatemalans tend to speak only their indigenous language, many are unable to find jobs or navigate public medical and financial services on their

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Celebrating International Literacy Day: Amelia's Success Story
Info Mayan Families
blog image Mayan Families is proud to support education not only for children, but for those who did not have the chance to attend school when they were young, just like Amelia. On this special day celebrating literacy across the world, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our Education Progr

Monday, September 1, 2014
MATCHING GIFT CAMPAIGN: Grow Your Dollar in San Antonio Palopo
Katy Morris
blog image 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

Monday, August 11, 2014
Donor Sponsors Annual Birthday Bash for Underprivileged Kids
Katy Morris
blog image The life of a child living in rural Guatemala generally goes un-celebrated. The pleasures of birthday parties complete with laser tag, ice cream, balloons and cake are something indigenous families grow up knowing nothing about.Fortunately, extraordinary Mayan Families donor, volunteer and student s

Monday, June 23, 2014
Katy Morris
blog image Mayan Families is honored to have several people on our staff who have been with us from the very beginning. They have helped make Mayan Families what it is today. We were able to help support them and facilitate student sponsorships, and now many are working with us in our office to help furth

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

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