Our education work focuses on removing barriers to education, providing critical support to at-risk students, and instilling a sense of unity, cultural pride and reciprocity.
Education is key to personal development and creates a positive feedback loop that benefits the whole community. By helping Mayan students in the Sololá region gain access to education, you can be a part of creating the generational change needed to help our communities step out of the spiral of poverty in the future. Through sponsorship, you not only support our sponsored students financially, you help provide them with the tools necessary to develop both personally and professionally.
Our Sponsorship Program supports students from preschool through university with customized support plans based on their individual needs. Students supported through this fund are provided with the direct financial assistance and resources that will be most impactful to them, whether that’s a combination of tuition payments, school supplies, or other key expenses. As part of the program, older students complete hours of community service designated to foster a sense of reciprocity and service. In a region where a high percentage of students drop out after 6th grade, we believe that with these resources and lessons in leadership, our students will be able to complete their education and become the future leaders of their communities.
To find out more about our Sponsorship Program and to sponsor a student, click here.
Sponsor a student, change a community.
We cannot thank you enough for your interest in sponsoring one of our incredible students. Because of generous donors like you, our students are able to receive the additional support they need to continue their education and have a big impact in their communities in the future. To sponsor a student, we offer two different donation levels, depending on grade level.
Preschool - High School: $35.00/month, or $420.00/year University: $112.50/month, or $1,350.00/year While we recommend giving a monthly reoccuring donation, we are happy to accept one-time donations each year.
If you'd like to sponsor more than one student, or contribute a monthly or one-time donation to our general education fund, please select your desired donation amount and leave us a comment in the comment box. For new sponsors, once we receive your donation, we will match you with a student shortly.
If you have any preference about which grade level you’d like to support, please let us know in the comment box. For returning sponsors, please be sure to include your student's ID number in the comments. Again, from all of us at Mayan Families and on behalf of all of our students and their families, we so appreciate your support! Select an amount.
Preschoolers in Tierra Linda
Middle School and High School Students in Panajachel
A University graduate with her parents in Panajachel
Education is key to personal development and creates a positive feedback loop that benefits the whole community. By helping Mayan students in the Sololá region gain access to education today, you can be a part of creating the generational change needed to help our communities raise themselves out of poverty in the future. Through sponsorship, you not only support our sponsored students financially, but also help provide them with the tools necessary to develop both personally and professionally. This means that with your support, they'll be prepared to be the future leaders their communities need.
How does our Sponsorship Program work?
Our Sponsorship Program pools together funds from generous donors like you to deliver educational support to over 1,400 students and their families in the region. While we distribute support based on each individual student's needs, we focus on covering a combination of the following costs and materials:
- School fees - enrollment fees for all students, and tuition fees for students in middle school and high school.
- School materials - a backpack, pens, paper, stationery etc, given at the start of the school year.
- Uniform and shoes - a school and PE uniform in selected grades, and shoes at the start of every school year.
- Graduation fees - in kindergarten, and 6th, 9th and 12th grade.
- Administration - communication to donors, photos, report cards, monitoring progress, etc.
One of the benefits donors receive for their contribution to our Sponsorhip Program is the ability to connect with one of the students receiving supported through the program. As a sponsor, you will: - Recieve photos, updates, and letters from your student at designated points throughout the year - Be encouraged to visit us here in Guatemala to see our work firsthand, as well as have the chance to get to know your student and their family personally.
We'd love your help in helping us reach new, enthusiastic sponsors like you. We encourage you to forward our emails, share our Facebook and Instagram posts, and tell your friends about our program. If we all activate our networks, we can help make sustainable change happen in the Mayan communities of Sololá.
Preschool Nutrition Centers
Our Preschool Nutrition Centers are located in communities where there are limited options for early childhood education. The teachers are dedicated not only to delivering high quality educational support, they are also dispensing vital nutritional support to these students in the age group of 3-5 years. By doing so, they develop their physical, emotional and intellectual capacities in an environment that is loving and engaging at the same time as it is culturally affirming.
Classes in our centers are taught both in Spanish and Kaqchikel, the mother tongue of the Mayan students that occupies a back-seat in the Guatemalan school system. By doing so, not only are students prepared to succeed in the Spanish-dominant school system, they are also strengthening their pride in Mayan culture alongside individual self-esteem.
Our Tutoring Program focuses on supporting students in our Sponsorship Program who are struggling in school or who are at risk of failing a course. The program is offered to students in elementary and middle school, in the communities of Panajachel and Tierra Linda. It is designed to promote active participation in the learning process, collaboration, and unity amongst the students, with the stronger students being able to earn community service hours as student tutors.