Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Student Spotlight: A Second Chance for Students with Disabilities
Erin Crandell
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
Erin Crandell
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 ...

Friday, June 15, 2018
Fatherhood from the Perspective of Carpentry Trade School Director, Don Reynaldo
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Lindsay McNeish, Multimedia InternDon Reynaldo is a man who wears many hats. He’s a carpenter and a teacher, but more importantly, a father.Since 2013, Don Reynaldo has worked at the Mayan Families Carpentry Trade School. To him, carpentry is art, and he believes a piece of wood is ...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Celebrating Literacy, Our Obstacles and Accomplishments in Rural Guatemala
Erin Crandell
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 ...

Thursday, March 22, 2018
World Water Day; Imagining a Life Without Water
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Glen Thesslin, Shelter Development Program ManagerToday marks the 25th anniversary of World Water Day, a day created to highlight the importance of access to freshwater and proper water management. For many, access to water is a privilege often taken for granted, we simply turn on the fau ...

Monday, February 19, 2018
Bilingual Education in Guatemala, 1944 - Present
Erin Crandell
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 ...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Exciting Changes Coming to the Well Mother, Well Baby Program
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Alysa Grude, Nutrition and Welfare Development Program ManagerChronic malnutrition is a preventable condition that largely inflicts the children in the communities in which Mayan Families works. In the community of Peña Blanca, we have approximated that 81% of children under f ...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Preventable, but Deadly: Cervical Cancer in Guatemala
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Maya Ellis, Medical Program InternCervical cancer is preventable. Why is it a leading cause of death for women in Guatemala?Cervical cancer is highly curable if detected early. The most common screening method is the Pap smear, a procedure in which cells are collected from the cervix ...

Friday, December 8, 2017
Welding a Better Future for Trade School Students
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Isabela Lyrio, Social Entrepreneurship ManagerMark Vorobik has years of experience working on manufacturing with metal and brought this expertise to Guatemala, starting the Mayan Families Welding Trade School in May of 2015. Mark came to Guatemala for the first time in 1995 and was touche ...

Friday, November 24, 2017
Tutoring Helps Students Unlock Their Potential
Erin Crandell
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 ...

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