Our sponsors provide school fees, books, uniforms, shoes and other supplies which give over 2500 students the chance to go to school and pursue their educational goals.
Preschool Nutritional Center
Mayan Families' seven Preschool Nutritional Centers, located in six different communities in the Lake Atitlan region, provide healthy daily meals and snacks, as well as education, to 3-5 year olds who are malnourished or at risk of becoming so.
The School Development Program assists local communities, government agencies, and/or other nonprofit organizations in building, improving, supplying, and supporting schools in impoverished communities.
Our sponsored students often have many obstacles to overcome on the path to academic success. To give them the best possible chance to be successful in the classroom, we try to provide tutors for struggling students.
The Sewing Project
The Sewing Project helps women to generate an income by training them in the use of sewing machines. Classes run for six months, and include instruction in financial literacy and life skills in order to help women make the most of their new abilities.
The Family Aid program provides a variety of types of assistance to families in need.
Emergency Medical Care
Ongoing Medical Care
Home Construction and Repair
Fuel Efficient Stoves
Our two elderly care programs, one in Panajachel and one is San Jorge, provide a daily nutritious lunch to over 65 elderly men and women who are unable to provide for themselves. The program also seeks to improve the quality of life of the participants by soliciting donations for beds, mattresses, water filters, etc., and providing medications and/or medical care.
We provide small loans to help women start their own small businesses. Loans range from Q500 ($67) to Q1000 ($134). We have given 430 loans as of May 2011.
We provide biweekly classes for youths in the small town of San Jorge, which teach typing skills and computer literacy.
We collaborate with medical professionals and other nonprofit organizations to host or facilitate temporary medical clinics, and ensure that potential patients are notified. Visiting clinics provide specialized care--including burn treatment, cleft palate surgery, and surgery--as well as general medical and dental care.
Community gathering spaces are important to development and empowerment projects, including women's groups and job skill training. Mayan Families helps to plan and construct these centers in interested communities. These spaces can also be used for community meetings, as schools, and as locations for medical clinics.
Holiday FOOD BASKETS
Holiday Food Baskets
Many holiday traditions in Guatemala revolve around food, which impoverished families often cannot afford. With the gift of a holiday food basket, a Guatemalan family can participate in local traditions from which they might otherwise be excluded. Each basket contains any foods traditionally associated with the holiday, and can feed up to 10 people.
We provide baskets during:
- Christmas (Tamale Baskets)
- Semana Santa (Easter)
- Mother's Day
- Father's Day