Thursday, February 2, 2017
Staff Spotlight: Jorge Mario Gives and Gets a Hand Up Through the Trade Schools
Liam Bluer
blog image Written by Liam Bluer, Social Entrepreneurship CoordinatorEver since Jorge Mario can remember, his parents have struggled with debt. Debt is a product of living in poverty, but also something that has perpetuated those circumstances. “My family’s situation has been difficult because of f

Friday, July 22, 2016
Empowering Women: Maria Carmen and the Sewing Trade School
Multi Media Email
blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateThe whir of machines punctuated by laughter and chatter emerges from the upstairs classroom of the Mayan Families Sewing School. Inside, eight women seated at lines of machines and desks take lessons from Don Alberto, the sewing instructor, in the advanced

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Staff Spotlight: Vicente’s Journey From Sponsored Student to Breaking Sexual Health Taboos
Megan Furnivall
blog image Written by Amy Porter, Education Program ManagerAt Mayan Families we are lucky to be able to count on a great number of dedicated local staff, many of whom have been with us since the very beginning. Today we would like you to meet Vicente, our Mayan Families Trade School Coordinator, who also acts

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Vocational School: Graduating From The Sewing School To A Profitable Trade
Fernando
blog image The goal of our Trade School programs at Mayan Families is to provide people with skills and knowledge in a useful trade that will give them the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. Our Sewing School graduates are making us proud by completing their training and getting started

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Global Legacy Program Presents Sewing Machines
Fernando
blog image The Sewing Program at Mayan Families has been fortunate enough and proud to see several groups of women graduate over the summer. Thanks to the Global Legacy Program’s continued support and their visit this summer, the current Basic Sewing students will now be receiving sewing machines upon su

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Students Attend First Day of Welding School
Fernando
blog image The first day of class is always an exciting, memorable ​day; even more so when it’s the first day of learning a completely new, employable trade. Earlier this year, we were thrilled to see students attend their very first class of Welding School, a new series of workshops as part of our Vocat

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Vocational School Success: Sewing Class Graduation
Fernando
blog image Everyone knows that learning a new skill can be a big challenge. It takes time and dedication to become familiarized with new concepts and tools, but with hard work and dedication, it can be done and increase the earning potential of women living in poverty.This month, several women&n

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A New Carpenter’s Graduation Speech
Fernando
blog image “It has been my lifelong dream to learn carpentry. Thanks for being part of my dream.” This is the message delivered by one of the students graduating from the Mayan Families Carpentry School. As part of our Vocational School programs, eight young men completed a year-long training

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mayan Families Staff Spotlight: Limitless talent in our Carpentry School
Bios
blog image When people speak of Mario Cota, a twenty-two-year-old carpenter at Mayan Families, they speak of his dedication, his diligence and his calm, yet cheerful demeanor.He first started working for Mayan Families in 2010 doing cleaning and maintenance work in the building that houses our carpentry school

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
A Gift Special Gift for a Loved One and a Better Life for Guatemalans
Katy Morris
blog image The Guatemalan landscape is an impressively beautiful sight and offers a plethora of natural resources. Because of its geography, the country is fortunate enough to produce some of the most beautiful wood that nature can provide. Our Carpentry Trade School, started by the Upper Arling

Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 Worst Countries to be a Woman: Guatemala Ranks 6th
Katy Morris
blog image According to a list published by The Feminist Zine this past March, Guatemala comes up sixth out of the 10 worst countries to be a woman. Why is this? Guatemala is still recovering after 36 years of brutal civil war. The scars of this conflict remain raw all over the country - particularly with

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