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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Mother-Daughter Team Helps Bring the Change!
Tatiana Petrovick

At 16 years of age, not many of us can say that we spent part of our summer vacation in Guatemala improving the health of others. Polina, however, is not like most 16 year olds. Her mother, Lynette, supported her decision to raise money and come to Mayan Families to install 8 fuel-efficient ONIL stoves for families in need.

Lynn & Polina


Most families in Guatemala cook over open fires in their houses, exposing everyone in the family to smoke and putting them at risk for serious burns. However, these clean-burning, fuel-efficient stoves reduce the amount of smoke in the house, increase the safety of the home, and use less firewood than an open fire. This significantly improves the health of the families we serve, reducing lung problems and the risk of burns. Thanks to Polina, 8 families will be living healthier lives.

As a cardiologist in California, Lynette can attest to the impact open fires can have on one’s health. Like mother like daughter, Lynette was also very active at Mayan Families, helping the Medical team work on a medication list and seeing many sick patients in the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic. In addition, Polina decided to sponsor a student for her birthday present.

While Lynette and Polina both worked very hard during their time at Mayan Families, they also took some time “off” to climb the San Pedro volcano across Lake Atitlán. Although the hike was very challenging, it was worth the view. The two of them wanted to share the experience with the medical team, so as an incentive to their fundraising efforts, they have pledged to donate $500 to the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic if 5 Mayan Families staff members climb the volcano successfully! 

Lynette (with the Medical team of Mayan Families) 

We say LETS DO IT! Learn more about the Bring the Change fundraising campaign by clicking here, and donate to their efforts by clicking directly on the page here.

Happy 16th birthday Polina!

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