Thursday, March 22, 2018
World Water Day; Imagining a Life Without Water
Lauren Erlandson
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, June 12, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: OSU Engineers Make a Lasting Impact
Lauren Erlandson
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

Monday, February 13, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Bud and Jean Muller Return to Mayan Families
Glen Thesslin (Shelter)
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

Monday, August 15, 2016
Stories from the Field: A New Home for Aida
Shelter Coordinator
blog image This blog was written by Laurie Millan, Shelter Program volunteer. After losing her husband several years ago, Aida’s mother, Fidelina, struggled to provide both care and resources for her four, young children. His sudden death was devastating to her and she feared for the well-being of h

Monday, August 1, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Nuestros Niños Brings Twice the Passion to Mayan Families!
Mayan Families Visits
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

Friday, May 20, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Engineering a Better Future with OSU

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

Monday, February 29, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: The Santa Barbara Rotary Club Makes a Difference Both Now and in the Future
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
Shelter Coordinator
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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Secure Land: Emergency Help Needed
Family Aid
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

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
New Land Brings Homes and Hope to Families in Need
Shelter Coordinator
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, August 19, 2015
Celebrating World Humanitarian Day: In Honor of the Hard Work of Reviver Volunteer Group
Mayan Families Visits
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

Friday, July 31, 2015
Updates From Peña Blanca & Living On One!
Katy Morris
blog image A few years ago, a small group of determined, curious and strong-willed filmmakers and economic majors still in college ventured to a rural Guatemalan town not far from the Mayan Families headquarters in Panajachel to embark on an adventure that many would call crazy.They were on a mission: to revea

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Family in Critical Living Situation Gets New House Thanks to Razoo Supporters!
Shelter Coordinator
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! Thanks to generous supporters, we were able to raise enough to build an entire house for a family o

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Bringing Back Adobe: Another Natural Building Workshop in the Books!
Shelter Coordinator
blog image By Jami AuslanderThe Mayan Families Construction team and a group of hardworking volunteers have completed another amazing Adobe Building Workshop! This workshop, we welcomed Jim, Tom, and their daughters Megan and Megan from Ohio, as well as local construction workers who were eager

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Much More Than Home Constructions
Shelter Coordinator
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

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Mayan Families Shelter Program Takes a "Step Forward"
Shelter Coordinator
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
Shelter Coordinator
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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Crossing Cultural Borders: Mayan Families Hosts Its First Natural Construction Workshop
Shelter Coordinator
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, January 2, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Transformational Connections Changes One Family's Life
Shelter Coordinator
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

Monday, November 10, 2014
Supporter Appreciation: The Muller Family Makes Tremendous Impact on Families in Need
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

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Successful Construction of New Home for Estefany Thanks to Generous Supporters of Reviver
blog image Estefany and her small family, made up only of her single mother and baby sister, remember Hurricane Agatha of 2010 all too well. The seemingly harmless tropical storm was anything but, destroying large pieces of land around Lake Atitlan, with some of the most serious damage occurring in Estefany&rs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Construction Success Story: Upper Arlington Rotary Club Gives Bernadina and her Family a Reason to Smile Again
blog image Bernadina and her family had been struggling. She and her mother, father and five siblings (ranging in age from 16 years to 3 years) were struggling to make ends meet with her father’s meager salary and feeling insecure in the "house" that they were residing in. While her father went

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Construction Success! A new roof over Alejandro's head.
Shelter Coordinator
blog image    The condition of the roof before constructionNo child should go to bed scared that they may not be safe in their bed while sleeping, but this was the unfortunate case for eleven-year-old Alejandro who had been plagued by the fear of his roof collapsing on top of him for the past fe

Thursday, June 12, 2014
A Critical Cases SUCCESS Story! Read about Norma's NEW house!
Katy Morris
blog image  If you would like to help one of our many families in need, please consider donating to our Critical Cases Shelter Program today!   The family outside their newly constructed roomsSeven-year-old Norma lives in the small rural village of El Barranco with her parents, gr

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Mayan Families Shelter Program: CRITICAL CASE #1777 - ELMER VELASQUEZ AND HIS FAMILY
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.
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
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
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!
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
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

Thursday, February 20, 2014
A SUCCESS STORY: An old Ribbon and a new key for Wendy
blog image     Wendy grabs him by the ear and pulls him out from under the bed. It has been a long time since his eyes, made of shiny buttons, have not seen the light of day. Bear, as she calls him, is a huge brown teddy bear given to her by her sponsor on her last birthday, when she turned

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
A SUCCESS STORY: A Treasure For Three Sisters.
Jack Alderson
blog image  Dashly runs from the entry of her new home to her room to open the trunk where she has stored all her clothes . With a huge smile she seeks her older sister, Rocio, who shares the room and she seems to ask permission to show visitors what is kept inside . Rocio and Dashly are 12 and 6 years ol

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