Friday, August 19, 2016
Stories from the Field: Healing Santos and his Family After Tragedy Strikes
Anna Aspenson
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson, Strengthening Communities Program ManagerSantos Isaias sits by the door to his home, his crutches propped by his side. His younger brother, Manuel, is high up in the peach tree. He shakes the branches and the ripe fruit drops to the ground. The tranquility of the afternoon

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
How Empowering Guatemala’s Indigenous Will Lead to Better Health
Medical Intern
blog image Written by Sophia Kecskes, Medical Program InternMany tourists and volunteers are drawn to Guatemala by its diverse cultures—especially the beautiful traje (indigenous clothing) worn by indigenous women in the highlands. However, behind this rich and beautiful clothing lies a history domi

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hope Where There is None: Introducing the Emergency Medical Fund
Open
blog image This blog was written by Rosie Mazzarella and Tatiana Petrovick of the Mayan Families Medical Program. For thousands of families around Lake Atitlán, Mayan Families is their only hope. Every day at Mayan Families, we help families in desperate need of urgent medical care. We have helped

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Strong Women, Strong Mothers
Anna Aspenson
blog image Written by Family Aid Coordinator, Anna AspensonA mother’s job is never easy. Every day at Mayan Families we witness the courage of mothers fighting for their families despite extreme poverty. This Mother’s Day, we want to honor two particular women that exemplify strength and caring.Ste

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Five Reasons Why the Guatemalan Health System is in Deep Crisis
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Guatemalans struggle with some of the worst health issues in Central America and, in some cases, the world. The country has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world, high maternal and child mortality, and a large prevalence of diabetes and heart diseases. Many of these health pro

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Secure Land: Emergency Help Needed
Anna Aspenson
blog image For families in the rural highlands of Guatemala, access to land provides a safety net and a secure place for families to thrive. Recently Delia and her family came to the Mayan Families office with an urgent need for land to call their own. Delia, her husband Silvio, and their four children rent a

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
A Family in a Desperate Situation: Emergency Help Needed
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Fermin’s family has experienced a horrific series of events that would challenge even the bravest of people. They have been confronted with natural disasters, medical emergencies, and the pains of hunger, but luckily have received gracious support from generous supporters through emergency ass

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
#World Hepatitis Day: How This Disease Affects Guatemala
Daniella Graziano
blog image Worldwide 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C. Despite being a highly preventable disease, 1.4 million people die each year. This means that 4,000 lives are lost a day, which we believe is 4,000 too many. The loss of these lives is a tragedy of unnecessary pain and suffering. To prev

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Water Filters To Fight Against Elderly Illnesses
Grace White
blog image Last week we were very lucky to start implementing another phase of prevention across the Elderly Care Program focused on getting all elderly filters for their water. The Elderly Care Program already addresses a huge preventative measure - appropriate nutrition. Malnutrition, a disease its

Friday, June 19, 2015
Pneumonia Cases Increase with the Arrival of Rainy Season
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image I am writing this from the clinic at Mayan Families in Panajachel, Guatemala. There is a torrential downpour and everyone is running for cover under the blue tarp Don Bartolo, our groundskeeper, has preventatively hung for us.With the rainy season here, Jade, our other nurse, and I have been very bu

Thursday, June 11, 2015
One Father's Fight for his Family: Juan's Story
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Written by Ana Karina Sibrián Zepeda, Medical CoordinatorFor Father’s Day this year, we wanted to share the story of an amazing father in our community. Juan and his family (FA-453) have gone through some difficult times recently. Earlier this year, their four-month-old child sudde

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Quality Health Care for those Most in Need
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image by Jennifer HickeImagine you have to shell out $500 for your husband’s life-saving surgery, when you make just two dollars a day to live on. What if, in the same month, your eleven-year-old son gets diagnosed with leukemia, and the nearest treatment center is four hours away?Sadly, w

Friday, April 17, 2015
Sabina portrait for unbreakable resolve
Grace White
blog image Home visits are an integral part of the Elderly Care Program. Not only are we able to prevent major illnesses by assessing our Elderly on a regular basis but we are also able to ensure that the Program is working and that quality of life has improved. As the person conducting the home visits, I

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Celebrating World Water Day 2015: How Mayan Families Helps
Katy Morris
blog image In places like the US and Canada, having access to clean drinking water can be as simple as heading to our kitchen sink. But that is not the case for those living in extreme poverty in areas like rural Guatemala. About 100,000 people in the Lake Atitlán region rely on the lake

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Emergency Assistance Needed: Mayra & Her Family
Sharon
blog image Mayra first came to our attention when the local public health center called us. She had gone to give birth to her baby alone and was completely unprepared – she didn’t even have clothes for the baby to keep him warm. We found out that then 19-year-old Mayra was all alone and had no choi

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
World Neighbors Help Mayan Families Prepare for Emergencies
Claire Allen
blog image Mayan Families has received a generous donation of 1,500 lbs of VitaMeal rice from our friends at World Neighbors. This nutrient-enriched, long-lasting emergency food will be used to help families cope with the severe drought that is currently affecting Guatemala, and any remaining stocks will be ke

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Critical Medical Help Needed for Young Boy with Leukemia
Katy Morris
blog image Carlos is an eleven year old boy living in Panajachel. Like many impoverished people living here, his parents have always struggled to ensure that all of their children have the basic necessities of life. In May 2014, their hardships became worse than they could ever imagine: Carlos was diagnosed wi

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Life on One Tortilla a Day
Claire Allen
blog image Could you survive the day without breakfast or lunch? Would you be able to sleep without a snack before bed? Can you imagine eating only one tortilla throughout a whole day? A family of ours has just come into the office in a desperate situation. Clara brought three of her children here with a

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
A Baby in Need of URGENT Medical Care
Katy Morris
blog image Kendal's life is at risk. For the past month, Kendal has had severe health problems, and Yaxon, his single mother desperately looking for work, simply does not have the money to give Kendal the medical attention he needs. Yaxon still live with her own parents, who are also u

Friday, May 30, 2014
Our Elderly Care Shelter is DESPERATELY in Need of Repairs
Katy Morris
blog image Here in Guatemala, the rainy season is upon us. We can expect some very wet and muddy days in the months to come (and certainly have already).  For many families, the rainy season can be a dangerous time as inadequate shelter leaves families extremely vulnerable to the elements and susceptible

Monday, May 5, 2014
Maximo & Angelina Need Your Help!
Katy Morris
blog image Back in September we were horrified to learn about the extent of severe acute malnutrition affecting one of the families we work with in Cerro de Oro. Angelina, age 4, weighed merely 16 pounds, and Maximo, age 10, weighed only 26 pounds and both children were in serious danger of literally starving

Monday, April 21, 2014
Delsy Needs A Sponsor!
Katy Morris
blog image Desly is currently in 8th grade and is need of a sponsor so she continue her studies.  Her favorite subject in school is math and in her free time she likes to help her ill mother around the house.  Desly's father works as a builder’s assistant or a day laborer for any kind of work t

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Mayan Families Shelter Program: CRITICAL CASE #1777 - ELMER VELASQUEZ AND HIS FAMILY
Mafer
blog image CRITICAL CASE #1777: ELMER VELASQUEZ AND HIS FAMILY Donate in just a few simple steps to our $35,000 in 35 Days Shelter Program campaign and help Elmer and other Critical Cases sleep better at night. Please click here to visit our other Critical Construction Cases, and 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Help Us Reach $35,000 in 35 Days for our Shelter Program
Helene Smith
blog image How many of us take for granted the simple necessity of of having a roof over our heads each night? We have  at Mayan Families. Read on...Razoo Shelter Program Fundraising PageWe at Mayan Families have seen firsthand the tremendously difficult and often dangerous living situations tha

Thursday, March 27, 2014
A SUCCESS STORY: #1840 Marta Lidia, A legacy of love that changed the life of this little girl and her family.
Mafer
blog image Marta Lidia is a 6 year old little girl, she has two siblings named Floridalma and German. She used to share an adobe room with her siblings where they would huddle together to keep warm. They live in a rural area called El Barranco where the temperature can be cold and the living conditions ca

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
FA # 0313 PABLO CHAVAJAY FAMILY: A widower father, a grandmother and 6 children at the rainy season’s mercy
Mafer
blog image It is February. Santiago observes the dry dirt floor of his house. He turns his head toward the window, his eyes fixed on the blue, cloudless sky. He cherishes the tranquility of the dry season.This May the rainy season will transform the land around this man's humble home into a permanent

Monday, March 10, 2014
TAUTIU BEN FAMILY: A river flooding that could take your baby and your house away
Mafer
blog image Have you ever worried your house would be swept away by a river? For six months each year during the rainy season, Martin and Dominga’s family live in fear that the river will risel to the point of sweeping away their house while they sleep inside with their children.&

Monday, March 10, 2014
PAR BUCH FAMILY: Six kids, one room, imminent landslide!
Mafer
blog image Florestina, José, Wendy, Edwin, and Joel play and tussle on the bed. All the while, they try not to wake little Rosa Gladiola, their 5 month old sister who sleeps in a cradle hanging from the roof. The Par Buch family lives in their own, single room house with two beds, one table an

Monday, March 10, 2014
FA # 04 - CHALI TZUREC FAMILY: 8 kids, no house
Mafer
blog image Have you ever gone to sleep worried that you could be evicted from your home by sunrise?Candelaria has 8 children between the ages of 2 to 17 years old and is also responsible for 2 grandchildren. She lives in constant fear of how to care for them. She currently resides with her famil

Friday, March 7, 2014
Felix is Gravely Ill - His Family Needs Him!
Anna Aspenson
blog image Before Felix Julajuj (FA0372) became gravely ill, he worked as a day laborer while his wife Victoriana washed clothes for a living. For months, Felix suffered from headaches and body pain. He never thought these symptoms would land him in the hospital. He kept working, pushing his ailments

Monday, January 27, 2014
The Garcia Bajan Family
Jack Alderson
blog image When illness strikes a family member, the financial and emotional demands placed on the family are over whelming under any circumstances. But in Jose Garcia-Bajan’s family (FA 47, #1115, 1116, 1117, 1118, 1119, 1120, 1121), five of the family members have been diagnosed with a h

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