Friday, August 11, 2017
Mayan GAP Gives Mayan Families Something to Smile About!
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Audrey Ward, Medical Program ManagerDuring the month of July, Mayan GAP (Guatemala Dental Awareness Project) made their annual trip to Mayan Families. While here, they saw several patients, including many of our preschool students that participated in our Well Child Checkups. We are very

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Community Building with St. Michael’s College
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Alysa Grude, Nutrition and Welfare Program Coordinator, and Anna Aspenson, Food Security and Community Development Program ManagerWe had an incredible time hosting the students from St. Michael’s College in May! These recent college graduates spent months before their trip raising f

Monday, June 12, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: OSU Engineers Make a Lasting Impact
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Audrey Ward, Volunteer Program ManagerWe were pleased to host the engineering students from Ohio State University this May! These bright college students aided Mayan Families by conducting research for our construction department,  building a rainwater collection system, and installi

Friday, March 17, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Celebrating 10 years working with Paso por Paso!
Megan Furnivall
blog image Written by Megan Furnivall, Education Program ManagerThis February, we were very pleased to welcome Paso por Paso back to Guatemala for yet another year. This year, the group of Canadian teachers celebrated their 10th anniversary of working alongside Mayan Families.Their visit, as always, was action

Monday, February 13, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Bud and Jean Muller Return to Mayan Families
Charlotte Burke
blog image Written by Charlotte Burke, Shelter Development CoordinatorThis February, we were lucky enough to welcome back the Muller family from Massachusetts and Virginia. Bud and Jean Muller have supported Mayan Families for several years and it was great to have them back! This trip they were accompanied by

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Beth and Juliana McFadyen Change Lives and Hearts
Audrey Ward
blog image Written by Audrey Ward, Volunteer CoordinatorBeth and Juliana McFadyen spent a week with Mayan Families volunteering for Juliana’s Senior Service Week. While most students spent their Senior Service week locally in Massachusetts, Juliana traveled the furthest by coming to Guatemala. They spent

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Two weeks with Suzanne Stevens and group!
Mark Prunella-Miller
blog image Written by Mark Prunella-Miller, Volunteer CoordinatorOnce again, we had the pleasure of hosting a visit from a group led by Suzanne Stevens.  There were many long time Mayan Families supporters in this group from Washington, and some new faces eager to learn about the people, culture, and lang

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Welcoming back Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC)!
Med Coordinator
blog image Written by Eric Britton, Medical Program CoordinatorMayan Families was thrilled to have a volunteer group from the Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) back for a third year! Visiting from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, the team of nursing and surgical tech professors and students had a very busy week. &n

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Adelphi Brings Energy and Fun to Mayan Families!
Audrey Ward
blog image Written by Audrey Ward, Volunteer Program ManagerWe had an incredible week with the nursing students from Adelphi University in Long Island, NY. Not only were these students bright, thoughtful, and engaged in the work they were doing, they were also eager to learn about the rich culture in Guatemala

Monday, November 14, 2016
Welcoming Back Upper Arlington Rotary Club!
Charlotte Burke
blog image Written by Charlotte Burke, Shelter Development CoordinatorThis past week, we were thrilled to receive another visit from the Upper Arlington Rotary Club. The Upper Arlington Rotary Club, from Columbus Ohio, has been a longtime supporter of our programs at Mayan Families, visiting Guatemala annually

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Empowering Artisans with Serengetee
Multi Media Email
blog image Written by Shanda McCune, Artisan Program CoordinatorThis past month, we were excited to welcome back Jeff Steitz and Ryan Westberg, the founders of Serengetee, and their group of young, dynamic college campus reps. Serengetee is a socially responsible online store that makes T-shirts using fabrics

Friday, August 12, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Reviver Returns for more Fun and Projects!
Mark Prunella-Miller
blog image Written by Will Culhane, Donor Relations ManagerWe had so much fun working with two teams from Reviver that visited Mayan Families in July. Every year, Reviver brings their own special mix of work ethic, inspiration, and competitive spirit to the table, and this year was no different. Even though ea

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Families for Guatemala Make Connections
Audrey Ward
blog image Written by Audrey Ward, Volunteer Program CoordinatorWe had a wonderful week hosting a group of volunteers from Families for Guatemala led by Jennifer and David Withrow at Mayan Families! This group of incredibly caring and kindhearted people came prepared to work hard to make a big impact in the li

Monday, August 1, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Nuestros Niños Brings Twice the Passion to Mayan Families!
Mark Prunella-Miller
blog image Written by Mark Prunella-Miller, Volunteer CoordinatorWe were thrilled to welcome back a long time supporter Angela Grussing and her group Nuestros Niños this month! Each year Nuestros Niños demonstrates their passion and determination to help families in various communities, and this

Monday, August 1, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Community Church of Poway Makes a Special Connection with Guatemala
Anabella Coria
blog image Written by Anabella Coria, Executive AssistantWe were happy to receive this summer a group from the Community Church of Poway! This group comprised of incredibly big-hearted people who spent their week doing a wide variety of activities that helped dozens of Guatemalan families.First this amazing bu

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Mayan GAP Comes Back!
Med Coordinator
blog image Written by Rosie Mazzarella, Medical Program CoordinatorWe were lucky to welcome back Mayan GAP (Guatemala Dental Awareness Project), our biggest dental group, this July! Led by Lisa Yamauchi and Michael O’Brien, the group held two weeks of successful dental clinics for Mayan Families’ s

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Guatemala HOPE Brings Smiles and Support to Families in Need
Megan Furnivall
blog image Written by Amy Porter, Education Program ManagerThis July, we were delighted to welcome Caroline Tiffin and two groups of Guatemala HOPE volunteers to Mayan Families!  As always, Caroline, founder of Guatemala HOPE, and her group members arrived with boundless energy and enthusiasm, as well as

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Supporter Appreciation Blog: A Small Group Makes a Big Impact!
Anna Aspenson
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson, Strengthening Communities CoordinatorWe recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new group to Mayan Families! Viraj, Carolyn, and her daughter Katie were enthusiastic and always laughing throughout every activity. Although small in number, their impact was profound.During t

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Music With a Purpose For All Generations
Audrey Ward
blog image Written by Ailsa Bryce, Volunteer Program CoordinatorAt the start of this month, we were lucky enough to host two groups from Studio 108: Music with a Purpose led by Debbie Lutes. While here, both groups had a packed schedule, playing music to our preschoolers, installing stoves, helping with constr

Thursday, June 30, 2016
10 Fundraising Ideas that will really #BringtheChange this Summer
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Erin Crandell, Communications and Marketing DirectorSchool is out for the summer, but that is no reason to let your creativity fall by the wayside! There are plenty of easy ways to make the most of your summer and #BringtheChange with Mayan Families.1. Cookout for a Cause: Take advan

Monday, June 27, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Elevating Dental Care with Mayan GAP!
Med Coordinator
blog image Written by Rosie Mazzarella, Medical Program CoordinatorThis June, we were thrilled to welcome back our biggest team of visiting dentists: Mayan GAP! Mayan Families had been working with Steve and Cara Hewett of the Guatemala Dental Awareness Project (Mayan GAP) for several years in an effort to bri

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Heritage College Brings Care to Communities
Medical Intern
blog image This blog was written by Sophia Kecskes, our medical intern. Last week, Mayan Families had the privilege of welcoming a group of university students and professionals from Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.We were thrilled to have the help of two teams from Heritage College. The firs

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Stories From the Field: Fortifying for Future Generations with Vitamin Angels
Multi Media Email
blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateWith the highest rates of stunting and chronic undernutrition in the Americas, Guatemala faces a serious challenge. These nutritional deficiencies are most prevalent in rural, indigenous areas, affecting about 80% of indigenous children. Our Preschool Nutri

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Futbol and Fun with Cat Reyes and Reviver
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Erin Crandell, Communications and Marketing ManagerThis April, Mayan Families had the pleasure of welcoming back the incredible Cat Reyes, and her group Reviver.A long-time supporter, advocate, and fundraiser for Mayan Families, Cat Reyes has made an incredible difference in the lives of

Friday, May 20, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Engineering a Better Future with OSU
Multi Media Email
blog image Written by Amy Porter, Education Program Manager, and Ailsa Bryce, Volunteer Program CoordinatorLast week Mayan Families had the pleasure of welcoming back the Ohio State University Humanitarian Engineering Scholars. A leader in the relatively new field of Humanitarian Engineering, Ohio State Univer

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Project SPARK Brings Inspiration to the Preschools!
Liam Bluer
blog image Written by Liam Bluer, Education Development CoordinatorWe were so lucky to welcome Rachael, Lindsey, and Morgan from Project Spark, to our offices in Panajachel this past month!Project SPARK is a 501(c)(3) comprised of young professionals committed to addressing global problems through sustain

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: An Action-packed Five Days with Pan en la Boca!
Audrey Ward
blog image Written by Ailsa Bryce, Volunteer Program CoordinatorWe were lucky enough to host Pan en la Boca recently, who worked with us for five days. While here, the group participated in a wide range of activities from Preschool activities to stove building, and even helped out in the medical clinic.Over th

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Staff Training and More with the Church of Lauderdale by the Sea!
Audrey Ward
blog image Written by Ailsa Bryce, Volunteer Program CoordinatorWe were thrilled to have the Church of Lauderdale by the Sea back again in Guatemala! Efficient as always, the group quickly divided themselves up into groups based on skill, and maximized their time and impact here with us at Mayan Fami

Monday, April 11, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Serendipitous Moments Become Lives Changed with Nedra Fabito
Erica Berthelsen
blog image Sometimes, the most unexpected encounters can become life-changing. Chatting to the person next to you on the plane could open your eyes to something you never expected and help you change a life, or even many lives. Our recent visit from Nedra Fabito and her two sons Nico and Rafa proved that this

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Double the fun with Caroline Tiffin and Guatemala HOPE!
Audrey Ward
blog image Written by Ailsa Bryce, Volunteer Program CoordinatorWe were fortunate enough to host two groups from Guatemala HOPE, both led by the indefatigable Caroline Tiffin, over the last two weeks. With many group members in both groups bringing their children adopted from Guatemala back to the country of t

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Dr. Will Boegel Bringing Orthopedic Surgery to Students!
Med Coordinator
blog image Written by Rosie Mazzarella, Medical Program CoordinatorA few months ago, we introduced you to Heidy. Three-year old Heidy was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, a congenital disorder, last year. Just weeks before her third birthday (which would mark the cutoff for surgical treatment) we were lucky to gi

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Campbell University Making a Difference to Public Health in Guatemala
Audrey Ward
blog image Written by Ailsa Bryce, Volunteer Program CoordinatorThe approach we aim for here at Mayan Families has always been a holistic one. As part of this work philosophy, we have been fortunate enough to welcome a diverse range of volunteer groups. Last week we hosted a group of public health students fro

Friday, March 11, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: King's Bay Rotary Club Brings a Fire Truck to Sololá!
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by Erin Crandell, Communications and Marketing ManagerThe community of Panajachel is receiving an incredible gift this month: a retired fire truck from the King’s Bay Rotary Club!Before this fire truck was donated, there was only one working fire truck in Panajachel, serving the whole

Friday, March 11, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Helping Babies Breathe with Linda Cotton and Cindy Higgins
Med Coordinator
blog image This week we were lucky to welcome back Linda Cotton, a long time supporter of Mayan Families and our Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic. A great friend to Charlie Gomez, the namesake of our medical clinic, Linda has been supporting the Medical Program's efforts to deliver world class medical care in his

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Finding Hope for an Animal in Need
Erin Crandell
blog image When Sue and Cathy Cudd found the puppy in San Lucas, they thought it was dead.“[It was] lying curled up in a ball in a doorway on the side of the street, licking its paw,” said Sue. “When we looked closer we saw that both paws were crushed and the bone was visible on one of them.&

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Enabling Mobility Part II: Maria Judith's Story
Grace White
blog image As a child, Maria Judith suffered from a disease that caused a catastrophically high fever. With no access to basic medical care this fever left a lasting impact on her brain; keeping Maria Judith from being able to speak or control her limbs. The impact on her family has reached a critical point in

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Grace of Guatemala Comes Back!
Anabella Coria
blog image We were happy see Grace of Guatemala back for their first trip of the year!Connie (pictured on left), the founder of Grace of Guatemala, brings groups twice a year. This February's group was filled with a range of incredibly big-hearted people gathering from all around the US. We saw a lot of f

Monday, February 29, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: The Santa Barbara Rotary Club Makes a Difference Both Now and in the Future
Sharon
blog image Mayan Families was thrilled to welcome the Santa Barbara Rotary Club and members of the Unity Church of Santa Barbara back to Guatemala last week. This has become an annual trip for them and each year the group becomes larger and the work they do more involved!This year the Santa Barbara Rotary Club

Friday, February 26, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Pooling Two Group's Efforts and Making a Big Impact
Ashley Ford
blog image After months of staying with relatives, Juanita and her family finally will have a safe place to live and grow thanks to the combined effort of two fantastic groups!FCUMC at the house's inauguration in February Building a house for a family in need can be one of the most lasting, significant co

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Welcome back Paso por Paso!
Audrey Ward
blog image We here at Mayan Families love to talk about how wonderful our sponsors, donors, and volunteers are. Paso Por Paso once again demonstrated their dedication and generosity when they came to work with us early this month!A student making a Valentine's Day cardComing just in time for preparations for D

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Enabling Mobility Part I: Jose's Story
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Jose lives in San Antonio Palopó, the poorest community on Lake Atitlán. His house is perched at the top of the hill, with beautiful panoramic views of the lake and its three volcanoes. This view is lost on Jose, who has not been able to leave his house for years.Fourteen-year-old Jose

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Volunteer Reflections: Photographing with Mayan Families
Erin Crandell
blog image Written by former Mayan Families Volunteer Photographer Anna Watts (All photos by Anna Watts)At the end of three weeks volunteering as a photographer at Mayan Families, I find myself facing a difficult task: how do I sum up the experiences, photographs, and communities I have encountered in a single

Monday, February 8, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: The Necessity of Dental Care in Guatemala
Med Coordinator
blog image Last week, the Mayan Families Medical Program welcomed Rachael Pike, a dental hygienist from Portland, Oregon, for a week of volunteering in our Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic. Rachael performed much-needed dental cleanings on preschoolers in our Education Program, and educated them, with the help of

Friday, February 5, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Thanks UUFCC for a Week of Hard Work!
Audrey Ward
blog image Last week, we were lucky enough to welcome back the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, Pennsylvania.The group has been committed to supporting our work at Mayan Families for some time now, and it was great to have them back in Guatemala. They proved their dedication yet again last w

Friday, January 29, 2016
The Long Road to the El Barranco Preschool
Erin Crandell
blog image The long-awaited second phase of the El Barranco Preschool has finished, just in time to have the classrooms filled with the laughter of children on the first day of school this January. With the opening of the second phase we doubled our impact and now over 60 children can attend the preschool. Tha

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: The Waukesha County Technical College Back in Guatemala!
Juan Haro
blog image By Jackie JocEveryone at Mayan Families was excited to welcome back the Waukesha County Technical College! This year the students and faculty from WCTC took a different approach to helping the families’ health in rural Guatemala by providing and installing fuel efficient ONIL stoves.Each day t

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Supporter Appreciaton: Nursing Students Helped Families in Guatemala
Juan Haro
blog image Last week, Mayan Families had the pleasure of hosting a group of nursing students from Adelphi University. The students were part of a study abroad program focusing on public health. We were delighted to see new faces and welcome back some old friends. Students from Adelphi University installin

Monday, January 18, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Bringing Specialists to Those Who Need it Most
Med Coordinator
blog image Healthcare in Guatemala can be expensive and difficult to access for rural and indigenous populations, and for those in need of specialist services the situation is even more dire. Most specialists are not part of the public health care system; instead they are often private providers located in Gua

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Stories from the Field: Heidy's Story
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image When Deanna Frieze first met Heidy, she could barely walk. “She would start running and try to play with other kids, and she would immediately fall down,” said Frieze. Heidy had to be carried everywhere on her mother’s back, wrapped in a shawl.Deanna Frieze and Heidy (Photo by Juan

Friday, December 18, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Welcome Back All Saints Academy!
Audrey Ward
blog image Recently, we welcomed a group from All Saints Academy High School to Mayan Families. We always appreciate having engaged groups of young people get involved with Mayan Families, and the students of All Saints Academy were no exception. The group spent a very busy couple of days installing 10 fuel ef

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: A Whirlwind Visit with Tillamook Rotary Club
Audrey Ward
blog image Here at Mayan Families, the arrival of Tillamook Rotary Club is always highly anticipated. Once again, the group more than lived up to expectations. During the course of their week with us, Tillamook installed a total of 15 stoves and worked on a construction for a house, while also managing to visi

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Transforming Lives with Transformational Connections
Audrey Ward
blog image Members of Transformational Connections with the ONIL stove they built.A few weeks ago, Mayan Families had the pleasure of hosting Transformational Connections, who spent a busy week with us installing stoves and building a chicken coop. With a mixture of old-timers and first-timers, the group threw

Friday, December 4, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Nuestros Niños Returns for Another Impactful Visit!
Erin Crandell
blog image We were happy to welcome Nuestros Niños back to Guatemala and to Mayan Families this fall for another successful and action filled trip! From offering donations, to building stoves in homes, to serving food and playing games within communities, the group spread smiles all around.Right out of

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Getting Hands-on with the Hingham Rotary Club!
Erin Crandell
blog image In mid-November, Mayan Families was thrilled to welcome back the Hingham Rotary Club. Group leader Bud Muller and his family have been long-time supporters of our programs, and we were happy to see them back in Guatemala!The group began with a trip to El Barranco, to check out the progress on the ex

Monday, November 30, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Welcoming Back the Upper Arlington Rotary Club
Erin Crandell
blog image In the last week of October, we were very excited to welcome back 20 members of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club of Columbus, Ohio. For many years, this Rotary Club has been an amazing partner and has supported several communities we work. On their most recent trip to Guatemala, they were able to vis

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
How Your Medical Fund Donations Changed Karen's Life
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Jorge and Maria have a lot on their hands and are living extremely difficult lives here in Guatemala. Jorge works in construction and earns less than $5USD a day. Maria does domestic work in homes around Sololá and makes less than $2USD a day. They have three growing children to support on th

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Carlos' Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer Continues
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Carlos is the head of his family and the proud father of seven children, all of whom have been sponsored through our School Sponsorship Program. Carlos, his wife Mercedes, and their children live together in a 2-bedroom house in Sololá. Although we've already written about him briefly in

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Vitamin Angels & Their Life-Saving Support
Claire Allen
blog image We have an invaluable appreciation of the work Vitamin Angels does and we were thrilled to welcome them once again, along with their corporate sponsors, The Vitamin Shoppe, to give a helping hand in the Lake Atitlán region this September.Vitamin Angels generously donates annual supplies

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: A Huge Thank you to Global Hands of Healing
Audrey Ward
blog image Here at Mayan Families, we are consistently amazed by the caliber of our volunteer groups. Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Global Hands of Healing once again for a medical mission, and they were certainly no exception!Hailing from Dallas and Atlanta, with some old friends and a fe

Friday, September 25, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Fighting Death for our Medical Clinic
Katy Morris
blog image Every single day, thousands of individuals we work with who are living in extreme poverty are faced with unimaginable obstacles simply to obtain life’s basic needs; but it is the enthusiasm and encouragement from supporters that keep many determined to go on. It was this same encouragemen

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
New Land Brings Homes and Hope to Families in Need
Ashley Ford
blog image Thank you to Shelter Program Volunteer, Jami Auslander, for the contribution of this blog post. We are so excited to share that this summer, Mayan Families successfully purchased a large piece of shared land here in Panajachel for families in dire need.Some of our Mayan Families staff chec

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Amazing Inspiration to #BringtheChange: “A Little Passion Goes a Long Way”
Liam Bluer
blog image Cat could be called the reigning queen when it comes to making a difference. In just four years, she has gone from raising $600 to provide basic necessities for two families, to rallying other supporters and together raising over $70,000! She leads group volunteer trips to Mayan Families t

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Celebrating World Humanitarian Day: In Honor of the Hard Work of Reviver Volunteer Group
Mark Prunella-Miller
blog image In honor of World Humanitarian Day 2015, we wanted to extend a huge thank you once again to the volunteer group of REVIVER. We had the pleasure of working with them last week and they are truly the epitome of inspiration and humanitarian work.The group of 30+ volunteers, which we referred

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Dr. Richline Gives Hope to the Animals
Grace White
blog image Hope for the Animals is a multifaceted program that works to reduce stray animal population through sterilizations, improve public health and safety through a reduced animal population, and provide emergency care and forever homes for animals who have been abused or abandoned.Everyone supportin

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Pastor Norm and Impact Guatemala Bring Donations and Joy
Mark Prunella-Miller
blog image Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Christ Church United Methodist of Middletown, Ohio/Impact Guatemala for a week filled with balloon animals! The group only had five people, but what they lacked in numbers they certainly made up for in enthusiasm! They took their balloon animal talents

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Faith Community United Methodist Church Does It All!
Mark Prunella-Miller
blog image The spirit of generosity has certainly been in the air this July, and with that we were fortunate enough to have Faith Community United Methodist Church volunteer with us again this year!With a powerhouse of 18 people, the group was able to install 20 stoves in just four days, along with runnin

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Serengetee's Campus Reps Come to Guatemala
Shanda
blog image If you haven’t already heard of Serengetee, you definitely need to check them out.  It is a super popular and trendy clothing company that creates and sells products with the goals of empowering causes and communities and bolstering local economies in developing nations, just like Guatema

Monday, August 3, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Nuestros Niños Volunteer Group Returns!
Mark Prunella-Miller
blog image Recently, we had the pleasure of welcoming back Nuestros Niños for a productive and impactful volunteer trip. They installed numerous fuel-efficient stoves, donated many food baskets, visited with sponsored students and so much more during their time with us. We are so app

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Supporter Appreciaton: Thank You Dr. Steve
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Without a doubt, Mayan Families is blessed with the best volunteers. Volunteers are not only responsible for funding our clinic but also for operating it. This month, in the middle of our clinic renovations, Dr Stephen Gletsu, an Emergency medical physician from Canada, joined us. Dr. Stephen G

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Dental Team of Mayan GAP Provides Essential Care in Rural Guatemala
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Last week, Mayan Families had the opportunity to work with volunteers from Mayan GAP (the Guatemalan Awareness Program). This group has a long history of providing high-quality dental care to the indigenous people of rural Guatemala. We have previously had the pleasure of working with Mayan GAP

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Family in Critical Living Situation Gets New House Thanks to Razoo Supporters!
Ashley Ford
blog image Thank you to Shelter Program Volunteer, Jami Auslander for the contribution of this blog post.Recently, Mayan Families successfully completed one of our first crowdfunding campaigns through Razoo.com! Thanks to generous supporters, we were able to raise enough to build an entire house for a family o

Friday, June 26, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Dr. Richline Offers Medical Services to Mayan Families
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Amannda Richline as a visiting physician to help out with our Medical Program. Dr. Richline is a renowned podiatrist from New Jersey who regularly goes on medical mission trips to Haiti and recently decided to take her talents to Guat

Monday, June 22, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Ohio State University Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Visit Guatemala
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you to Mary Scherer, Junior in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Ohio State University and member of OSU Humanitarian Engineering Scholars, for the contribution of this blog postWhen I said goodbye to everyone at Mayan Families one year ago, I knew that it might be goodbye forever. I

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Volunteers from UUFCC Visit Mayan Families
Audrey Ward
blog image Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming three members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County (UUFCC) from State College, Pennsylvania – Ken, Deb, and Peg. In just three days, they managed to make a remarkable impact on the livelihoods of many in need here in rural Guatem

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Generous Medical Donations from Caplin Point
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Last week, we were proud to welcome Ashok Partheeban, the Director of Latin American Operations for Caplin Point Laboratories, and his family to Mayan Families. Ashok has been in business in Central America for many years and is very involved in the issues of poverty and the lack of access to b

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: “You just need devotion for people”
Juan Haro
blog image The human right to health includes access to “timely, acceptable, and affordable health care of appropriate quality” according to the WHO. In Guatemala, approximately 49% of children are chronically malnourished. This is the fourth highest rate in the world; and in indigenous communities

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Much More Than Home Constructions
Ashley Ford
blog image Santos Palaz is a 60-year-old man who in his youth worked hard to provide for and raise a family of five along with his wife Petrona. Unfortunately, his wife died 12 years ago as they could not afford the treatment she needed to battle the cancer she had.His living situation changed almost two years

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Karren's Artisan Gifts
Shanda
blog image Karren has been working with seamstresses in our Artisan Program for over two years now.  She first got involved with Mayan Families because she was motivated to help provide work for the women who had graduated from our Sewing School.  She first started a project making slo

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Mayan Families Shelter Program Takes a "Step Forward"
Ashley Ford
blog image Under the direction of Mafer Molina Fuentes, the Mayan Families Shelter Program has undergone an impressive evolution in the past few years.  This evolution continues to formalize, technically refine, and modernize our system of providing safe and adequate housing that is efficiently constructe

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Thanks to the Faith Community United Methodist Church for Fulfilling a Family's Dream
Ashley Ford
blog image This year, Mayan Families enthusiastically welcomed back an energetic and eager group from the Faith Community United Methodist Church. Under the leadership of Jim Senne and Jennifer Withrow this selfless group has enjoyed a long, productive and cherished relationship with Mayan Families having spon

Monday, March 23, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Superstar Support for our Artisan Program
Shanda
blog image A few months ago, we introduced you to one of our Mayan Families superstar supporters, Cat Reyes in “One Supporter Goes the Distance for Mayan Families: The Story Behind Rhode Island's Reviver Challenge”.This January Cat and fellow Mayan Families supporters Lynn and Susan came back for a

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Upper Arlington Rotary Club Visits El Barranco Preschool Nutrition Center
Katy Morris
blog image This February, we were thrilled to welcome back nine members of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club from Columbus, Ohio to Guatemala. They were able to visit all of the projects they have helped support, including the groundbreaking (literally!) construction of a brand new Preschool Nutri

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Crossing Cultural Borders: Mayan Families Hosts Its First Natural Construction Workshop
Ashley Ford
blog image Thank you to Nancy Hewett, volunteer and enthusiastic supporter of the Mayan Families Mission, for the contribution of this blog post.  Can you imagine our excitement and anticipation as we welcomed our first group of 12 members from Kalamazoo, MI who would help kick off our inau

Friday, February 20, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: 2AR Photographers Come to Guatemala
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you to Nancy Hewett, volunteer and enthusiastic supporter of the Mayan Families Mission, for the contribution of this blog post.   My volunteer experience with Mayan Families brings surprises and new insights every day.  It was my pleasure, indeed, to meet Claudia and

Sunday, February 15, 2015
A Proud and Festive Occasion: Opening Ceremony of the El Barranco Preschool and Community Center
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you to Nancy Hewett, volunteer and enthusiastic supporter of the Mayan Families Mission, for the contribution of this blog post.   As we walked along a dirt path leading to the site of our newly completed El Barranco Preschool Nutrition Center, we couldn’t help but sh

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Generous Donation of Critical Medical Supplies Given to Local Hospital
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Thank you to Nancy Hewett, volunteer and enthusiastic supporter of the Mayan Families Mission, for the contribution of this blog post.  Mayan Families could not exist without the generosity and selfless involvement of donors and sponsors who come from so many diverse parts of the plan

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Through Their Eyes: The Lives of the Mayan Elderly Documentary Series
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you to Nancy Hewett, volunteer and enthusiastic supporter of the Mayan Families Mission, for the contribution of this blog post. I’d just arrived in Panajachel a few days earlier to begin my three month volunteer stint with Mayan Families when I was invited to attend an inspiri

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Nursing Students from Waukesha County Technical College Show that Human Connection Requires No Translation At All
Bios
blog image Heads bent close together, a chain of languages began. It started in English, English turned into Spanish, Spanish turned into Kakchiquel and it stopped with Kakchiquel. Then the chain reversed.The nursing students from Waukesha County Technical College came to the Elderly Care Center to t

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Connecting Sponsors and Students through the Carpentry Trade School
Fernando
blog image Some weeks ago our Carpentry Trade School had an interesting request. Bill, one of our sponsors who spends a fair amount of time here in Panajachel, asked the school to help him design and build a closet for one of his sponsored students, Felix.In many cases cardboard boxes, plastic bags, or si

Friday, January 2, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Transformational Connections Changes One Family's Life
Ashley Ford
blog image It may not sound like much, but for an indigenous family in rural Guatemala, the addition of a chicken coop to their property can have a dramatic and important impact on their quality of life. Egg producing hens are used as a means of income and as a valuable food source among many familie

Friday, December 19, 2014
Supporter Appreciation: A Dollar a Week Gives Hope for the Animals
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you so much to Donna, one of our generous supporters, for contribution of this blog post and for your ongoing efforts to support Mayan Families. You and your family are a true inspiration! When Anna and Carl were small and we first started giving them allowances, they were each given thre

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Thanks to a Sponsor's Support, Elderly Makes Great Recovery
Grace White
blog image It is always my great joy to provide good news to individual sponsors when a sponsored elderly has an amazing recovering or receives some wonderful news. Even more so, I think it is important to share these victories to all sponsors as you are a community of philanthropists that are supporting the E

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The Vanajeros Visit the Elderly
Grace White
blog image As the Coordinator for the Elderly Care Program, I get to spend many lunches chatting with the ancianos that come to our program. During these lunches, the elderly are always content to be in each others company and frequently find humor in my attempts at Kaqchikel. During home visits, however, the

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Living On One Stops By for a Special Student Graduation
Mark Prunella-Miller
blog image Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the founders of Living on One on a return visit to Panajachel. Their visit marked a very special occasion -- the high school graduation of Rosa Coj Bocel, a Mayan Families sponsored student that they have helped support. Rosa's path merged wi

Friday, November 14, 2014
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Vanajeros Bring Light to Elderly and Kids in Critical Need
Grace White
blog image When visiting the elderly of San Jorge, I am always content to help distribute lunch and chat with them. However, on a recent visit, my day took an interesting turn. Through the excellent networking skills of one of our volunteers, an amazing group of photographers/videographers happened upon Mayan

Monday, November 10, 2014
Supporter Appreciation: The Muller Family Makes Tremendous Impact on Families in Need
Mafer
blog image Bud with two of the children from the Par Buch familyHere at Mayan Families, we are so grateful for the ongoing generosity of our supporters. Many begin by sponsoring a student, allowing them to attend school and focus on their education, the most critical factor in breaking the cycle of poverty tha

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Supporter Appreciation: Peg's Mayan Jewels
Katy Morris
blog image Every year, we welcome hundreds of volunteers, sponsors and donors to Guatemala and to learn more about the work we do on the ground for impoverished families. Often times the experience is life-changing and many are compelled to continue their support and raise awareness of our cause once returning

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
One Supporter Goes the Distance for Mayan Families: The Story Behind Rhode Island's Reviver Challenge
Katy Morris
blog image She has a heart of gold and an undeniable drive to make a difference. Read how one Rhode Island resident and long-term supporter has literally gone the distance for the Mayan Families’ mission.Catherine Reyes became involved with Mayan Families three years ago when she came to Guatemala to run

Friday, August 22, 2014
My Guatemalan Experience: Summer Intern Shares Teaching Tales
Katy Morris
blog image Volunteer Mary Scherer of Ohio State University shares her eye-opening experiences with and overall impression of Mayan Families during her summer-long volunteer service with us. Thank you, Mary, for all of your hard work! My name is Mary and I am a Junior in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Monday, August 11, 2014
Donor Sponsors Annual Birthday Bash for Underprivileged Kids
Katy Morris
blog image The life of a child living in rural Guatemala generally goes un-celebrated. The pleasures of birthday parties complete with laser tag, ice cream, balloons and cake are something indigenous families grow up knowing nothing about.Fortunately, extraordinary Mayan Families donor, volunteer and student s

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Generous Donations Made in Honor of Oregon Wedding
Katy Morris
blog image Often tribute gifts tend to hold more meaning than material ones. We were joyed this month to see that Amy and Holly of Oregon requested that their guests give donations to Mayan Families in place of wedding gifts on their special day. Read their touching story below:“We wanted to as

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Education Eager: Sponsor, Student & Family Share Learning Love
Katy Morris
blog image Angela Grussing of Nuestros Ninos Charity shares her inspirational story of how sponsoring a student turned into a bonding of kindred-spirits. She rejoices in finding shared values and a mutual respect for education within her sponsor-relationship:Several years ago, we decided to spon

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Ohio State University to Launch a Female Engineering Volunteer Initiative
Katy Morris
blog image After hearing of the extremely low ranking Guatemala received on the United Nations Geneder Inequality Index, an Ohio State University organization called Women in Engineering (WIE) is conducting research to launch an annual woman-centered engineering trip, operated through Mayan Families.

Monday, June 30, 2014
Thank you to the VA Nourish International Volunteers: Preschool Nutrition Centers Evaluations
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you to the fantastic volunteers of Nourish International, Virginia Tech for all of your hard work over the past 6 weeks in our Preschools. Read their reflections below to learn about all of their accomplishments! Interested in volunteering with us? Learn more here. Two days prior to depar

Monday, June 23, 2014
SANDRA'S STORY: FROM SPONSORED STUDENT TO EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Katy Morris
blog image Mayan Families is honored to have several people on our staff who have been with us from the very beginning. They have helped make Mayan Families what it is today. We were able to help support them and facilitate student sponsorships, and now many are working with us in our office to help furth

Friday, June 20, 2014
Final Reflections from our Volunteers in the Garden
Katy Morris
blog image Our Final Reflections...As this week comes to a close, we finish our time volunteering in Guatemala. It leaves a bittersweet taste to return to our homes in the United States. Each of us has missed our family and friends back home, but it was a sacrifice that we were willing to make to have the oppo

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Last Week for our Nourish International Volunteers in the Garden
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you again to our Nourish International Volunteers for a great blog post on their work on our first ever Community Garden Project!This past Monday marks our last week working with Mayan Families as Nourish International interns. Although there is never a shortage of work here, when we look back

Friday, May 16, 2014
My Conflicted Giving Journey: A Sponsor's Reflections
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you very much to Katey Brannum for her contribution of this story. If you are interested in sharing your experiences with Mayan Families, please contact our Communications Manager at katy@mayanfamilies.org. We'd love to hear from you! Post contributed by: Kate Brannum, Ph.D. Dr.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Things at our Panajachel Preschool just got a little bit brighter!
Katy Morris
blog image Things at our Panajachel Preschool just got a little bit brighter!We are continually blessed to have such amazingly talented volunteers come to shed a little light in this part of the world, and Jochen Gahrau certainly did in his recent trip to Mayan Families. Although it may sound simple to so

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Donation in honor of Mya's Birthday
Ashley Ford
blog image  This year Mya kindly asked for her birthday present to be a gift of a bed and mattress for Carmen. Thank you Mya and have a wonderful 9th birthday!  If you would like to send a donation in honor or in memory of someone, you can notify us at donorrelations@mayanfamilies.org 

Monday, March 17, 2014
Donation in honor of Rachel!
Anabella Coria
blog image Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook made a donation of an Easter Food Basket in honor of her daughter Rachel, born in Guatemala. If you would like to send a donation in honor or in memory of someone, you can notify us at donorrelations@mayanfamilies.org or leave a note in the comments section when maki

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Donation for Dad's Birthday!
Anabella Coria
blog image Darren Pemberton made a generous donation in honor of his dad's birthday!  Have a very Happy Birthday! If you would like to send a donation in honor or in memory of someone, you can notify us at donorrelations@mayanfamilies.org or leave a note in the comments section when making

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Donation in Honor of Finley Grace!
Anabella Coria
blog image Amanda made a generous donation in honor of her beautiful Guatemalan daughter, Finley Grace Miller, age 7. If you would like to send a donation in honor or in memory of someone, you can notify us at donorrelations@mayanfamilies.org or leave a note in the comments section when mak

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Donation made In Honor or In Memory of a loved one this 2013 Holiday Season
Anabella Coria
blog image We would like to share all of the special donations that were made In Honor or In Memory of a loved one this past 2013 Holiday season!  If you would like to send a donation in honor or in memory of someone, you can notify us at donorrelations@mayanfamilies.org or leave a note in

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