Mayan Families works in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala to implement community-led programs that address systemic barriers and build cultural strength and resilience. Our work is driven by the expertise of Mayan staff and community leaders towards long-term, meaningful change in the areas of education, nutrition & health, and economic development.

Mayan Families, a registered US 501(c)3 organization in the US, works in partnership with our legally-registered Guatemalan partner association to implement our programs on the ground.



Advancing education, nutrition & health and economic development, through community-led initiatives which build on existing resources and knowledge.


Mayan communities in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala are strong, vibrant and self-sufficient.


Cooperation – We work as a kind, effective and supportive team and in collaboration with the communities we serve.

Integrity – We act honestly and ethically, thereby earning the trust and confidence of both communities and supporters.

Transparency – Our processes and use of resources are reasonable, justified and clearly communicated.

Respect – We treat all people kindly and fairly, with dignity and empathy.

Humility – We recognize our role as facilitators, centering and valuing local expertise. We evolve based on constant learning and self-improvement.

Accountability – We thoughtfully and responsibly manage our resources to ensure both efficient use and intentional impact.

Reciprocity – We believe in dignified, equitable relationships with the community that we serve, promoting agency, active participation and service to others.