Our Work within Mayan Communities Continues

Our Work within Mayan Communities Continues

Dear friends of Mayan Families,
As many of you know, since March 17th when the Government declared a State of Calamity, Guatemala has been in a lockdown. Our office in Panajachel continues to practice the necessary precautions and we are working incredibly hard to respond effectively to the crisis while keeping families and staff safe. With cases reaching Lake Atitlan, fear is high and the communities where we work are facing serious barriers to food access.
In the last few months, we have received an outpouring of love and support. We are so grateful for all the help that you have provided to Mayan Families and the communities that we serve. With your help and support, our emergency response team  has delivered over 850 packages of food and hygiene products to families in the communities of Tierra Linda, Peña Blanca, San Antonio Palopó, Santa Maria el Tablón, El Barranco y Cayala.
We will continue to deliver on an ongoing basis the much-needed food supplies and hygiene kits to communities affected by the crisis. To support our emergency food efforts that reach families with the greatest need in each community, please donate aquí. To donate a food basket to a sponsored student, please click aquí. For the immediate future, nutritional support feels like the most urgent need at both the family and community level and if you are able to donate, we are deeply grateful.
We are also focusing on our long-term work relating to the prevention of malnutrition, the importance of which has increased in inverse proportion to the worsening situation as a consequence of COVID-19 and the economic fallout.
Our leadership team, which centers on the expertise of our Mayan directors, continues to collaborate with community leaders and other local organizations in order to effectively reach the communities we serve. We are also hard at work on strategic planning so as to map out a path for the future.
Currently, we are in the process of creating long term strategic plans for our three key pillars of Nutrition & Health, Education and Economic Development. We firmly believe that our vision for the future will strengthen our impact for years to come within the Mayan communities where we work. We can’t wait to share with you the results of this process!
Thank you for your unconditional support and your loyal partnership! It is what enables Mayan Families to continue our work. Without your help, we could not do what we do.
Erin Mooney & The Mayan Families Team

Providing Dignified Wages in Times of Crisis

Through our collaboration with the local company Ethical Fashion Guatemala, we are making protective masks to keep our friends around the world safe. These tightly-knit, double-layered face masks are made by graduates of the Mayan Families Sewing Program as well as participants of the Artisan Program. Made from fabric featuring traditional Guatemalan designs, they are available at unit prices ranging from $5.00 to $7.00.
The collapse of tourism in all the communities around Lake Atitlán has left many artisans without a market for their creations. By purchasing these unique masks, you will not only be protecting yourself and your loved ones, you will also be providing a source of income for many Mayan community members.
We can ship them to you to any part of the world within 10 working days! For the chance to support our organization while providing a dignified wage for women in the communities where we work, email us at visits@mayanfamilies.org.


  • Your support on #GivingTuesdayNow blew our minds! We were able to raise over $40,000 for our COVID-19 Response and our long-term malnutrition work. Thank you for your unconditional support and your trust in our work.
  • Food prices in the region have risen dramatically since the COVID crisis. Additionally, instead of having the families come to our office in Panajachel, we are now delivering food donations either directly to the homes or to a nearby point within their communities. These factors have raised the cost, and we must add an extra 10% to the donation amount. By helping us cover these extra costs, you are also assuring our ability to deliver nutritious food to families as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding and support!
  • Mayan Families received a grant of Q100,000 ($13,000) from the Swiss Embassy in Guatemala to go towards emergency food distribution to families with the greatest need in the communities where we work. We are so grateful for this international partnership which will enable us to provide more families in need.
  • Unfortunately, our July and August Summer Experience trips have been cancelled in view of the global situation. We will keep you updated about further opportunities to visit us in the future. If you have any further questions please email us at experiences@mayanfamilies.org.
  • From Saturday, 27th till Monday 29th June , our website is down for essential maintenance. Look out for exciting changes to come! We apologize for the inconvenience caused and the interruption of access to the student portal. We will be in touch shortly with more information.
  • Our 2019 Impact Report is live! Click aquí, If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet!