Friday, June 15, 2018
Fatherhood from the Perspective of Carpentry Trade School Director, Don Reynaldo
blog image Written by Lindsay McNeish, Multimedia InternDon Reynaldo is a man who wears many hats. He’s a carpenter and a teacher, but more importantly, a father.Since 2013, Don Reynaldo has worked at the Mayan Families Carpentry Trade School. To him, carpentry is art, and he believes a piece of wood is

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 8, 2016
Staff Spotlight: How Alejandrina found Self-acceptance and a New Voice
blog image Written by Rodrigo Saravia, translated to English by Erin Crandell As the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program coordinator, Alejandrina runs informational workshops two to three times a week with both children and adults to promote better hygiene in and out of their homes.Photo by Rodrigo Sa

Friday, July 8, 2016
Empleada Estrella: Alejandrina - Encargada del Programa WASH
blog image Escrito por Rodrigo Saravia; translado a ingles por Erin Crandell Alejandrina como encargada del programa WASH imparte charlas dos o tres veces a la semana a niños jóvenes y personas adultas para promover la higiene en sus hogares y fuera de ellos. Foto por Rodrigo Saravia &n

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Staff Spotlight: Gricelda - Teaching a New Generation in San Antonio
Education Manager
blog image Written by Amy Porter, Education Program ManagerGricelda del Rosario Pérez Pérez grew up in the small town of San Antonio Palopó on the edge of Lake Atitlán, home mainly to indigenous Maya Guatemalans, like Gricelda. Today, she teaches at the Mayan Families Preschool Nutr

Friday, April 1, 2016
Staff Spotlight: Introducing Dra. Silvia Zacarias!
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program CoordinatorThe Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic is pleased to announce the addition of a new staff member: Dra. Silvia Zacarias, our first full-time, permanent physician!Dra. Zacarias was born into a family of eight other children in Quetzaltenango, Guatemal

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Staff Spotlight: Vicente’s Journey From Sponsored Student to Breaking Sexual Health Taboos
Education Manager
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

Friday, February 26, 2016
Staff Spotlight: Adela - Bringing Mental Healthcare to Mayan Families
Grace White
blog image Although mental health services should be integrated into primary care, the reality is that accessing them can be challenging under the best of circumstances. To address an urgent need we see in many communities that we work with, Mayan Families is taking another step towards offering complete prima

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Traje—Tradition Meets Trade
blog image Herlinda can’t remember a time when her family wasn’t wearing traje.The traditional clothing is a cornerstone of the Mayan culture with its brightly colored hues and intricately woven thread. However, traje is much more than its aesthetic appeal—the clothes tell a story of expressi

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Staff Spotlight: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Western Medicine with Ana
Med Coordinator
blog image This November, we were thrilled to welcome Ana, a traditional healer and comadrona, who will be working in our Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic. Comadrona is the spanish word for midwife, and in Guatemala comadronas are either trained or gifted to do this work. Most indigenous Guatemalans rely on the he

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Staff Spotlight: Ana Can
blog image By Margaret Lawlace Ana Can stands up to leave the home of María, a client in our Elderly Care Program, after conducting a needs assessment. Ana says goodbye and tries to head toward the door, but María stops her. She hasn’t thanked her enough yet. She takes Ana by the hand

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mayan Families Staff Spotlight: Limitless talent in our Carpentry School
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, February 19, 2015
Mayan Families Staff Spotlight: Hugo's Story
blog image By Margaret LawlaceWe are excited to announce a new series that highlights the stories of hardworking, indigenous Guatemalan Mayan Families staff members. Here is the story of Hugo. Every day eighteen-year-old Hugo wakes up before the sun rises. He works two jobs six days a week to be able

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