Monday, June 12, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: OSU Engineers Make a Lasting Impact
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

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Two weeks with Suzanne Stevens and group!
Mayan Families Visits
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: Adelphi Brings Energy and Fun to Mayan Families!
Volunteer Coordinator
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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
A Guatemalan Christmas: How to Make Tamales
Rudy Lopez
blog image         Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociatePhoto by: Anna WattsIn Guatemala, an essential part of holiday traditions is the Christmas tamale. For an entire day before Christmas, mothers and their eldest children labor over mortar and pestle, open fires

Friday, August 19, 2016
Stories from the Field: Healing Santos and his Family After Tragedy Strikes
Family Aid
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

Monday, August 15, 2016
Stories from the Field: A New Home for Aida
Jose Rosales
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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Families for Guatemala Make Connections
Volunteer Coordinator
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!
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

Monday, August 1, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Community Church of Poway Makes a Special Connection with Guatemala
Executive Assistant
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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Guatemala HOPE Brings Smiles and Support to Families in Need
Education Manager
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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Estefany Wins a Battle Against Malnutrition Thanks to the Preschool Nutrition Centers!
blog image Written by Stephanie Kim, Family Aid Intern Five year-old Estefany is bursting with energy as she runs and plays with her friends on the Panajachel Preschool Nutrition Center playground. Mayan Families’ Preschool Nutrition Centers provide 3 to 5 year old children from underserved communit

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, July 21, 2016
Supporter Appreciation Blog: A Small Group Makes a Big Impact!
Family Aid
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
Volunteer Coordinator
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 23, 2016
Stories from the Field: Magdalena’s Story
Rudy Lopez
blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateRosa* races up the steep path to her home in the village of San Antonio. Her mother Magdalena* follows on her trail, laughing at  Rosa’s enthusiasm and energy, which has increased ever since she entered preschool the year before.Rosa and her moth

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Stories From the Field: Fortifying for Future Generations with Vitamin Angels
Rudy Lopez
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

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Strong Women, Strong Mothers
Family Aid
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

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: An Action-packed Five Days with Pan en la Boca!
Volunteer Coordinator
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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Our Filter Program: Bringing Clean Water Into Homes
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program CoordinatorOn Wednesday, Juana walked into the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic. She was very worried about her 6-year-old child, Erol, who had been sick for two days. The child was listless and quiet, his eyes and skin both a sickly yellow. As soon as he sa

Monday, March 21, 2016
The Devastating Effects of Household Air Pollution
Family Aid
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson, Family Aid CoordinatorImagine cooking over an open fire inside your home; your young children play around you as you make tortillas over the flame. Half of the wall is black with soot. The smoke from the stove is irritating your eyes and making your baby cough. This is

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Campbell University Making a Difference to Public Health in Guatemala
Volunteer Coordinator
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

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Look at us grow! Part II: Filtering out disease from our Well Mother, Well Baby Program
blog image This blog is part of a series on our Well Mother, Well Baby Program, introducing the changes and new challenges of neonatal health. You can read Part I of our series here. “Running around when we were kids, playing in the dust and then taking a long drink from the tap was completely normal,&rd

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 5, 2016
Action and Prevention: Our Family Aid Philosophy
Family Aid
blog image At Mayan Families, aid is more than a bandage. We believe the best approach to community development is a holistic one; combining responsive care with foresight. The Family Aid Department prioritizes our community’s long-term stability by providing key resources to alleviate critical situation

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

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