Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Preventable, but Deadly: Cervical Cancer in Guatemala
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Maya Ellis, Medical Program InternCervical cancer is preventable. Why is it a leading cause of death for women in Guatemala?Cervical cancer is highly curable if detected early. The most common screening method is the Pap smear, a procedure in which cells are collected from the cervix

Sunday, August 27, 2017
Fighting the Diabetes Epidemic in Guatemala
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by David Cotton, Medical Program InternIn the US, a stereotyped diabetic might be one who eats too much McDonald’s and watches too much TV. In Guatemala, the situation is very different. Many diabetic patients in Guatemala are simultaneously malnourished and obese—the result of a

Sunday, August 20, 2017
Health Care and Education Come Together in our Well Child Initiative
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Jordan Cook, Medical Program InternIn 2010, it was estimated that there was approximately 1 doctor for every 10,000 people in the rural areas of Guatemala (PAHO, Health in the Americas, 2012). An annual checkup, something children in the United States regularly receive before starting sch

Friday, August 11, 2017
Mayan GAP Gives Mayan Families Something to Smile About!
Lauren Erlandson
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

Monday, May 22, 2017
Maria gets the Care she Needs to Beat Hepatitis
Medical Intern
blog image Written by Audra Fain, Medical Program InternA few months into the school year, Maria* got sick with a cold that only got worse. Eventually, her mother needed to take her to the nearest health post in Sololá, a 20 to 30 minute drive away that cost her in money and time away from work. Maria a

Thursday, April 27, 2017
New year and new expansion in our Diabetes Education Initiative
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program ManagerIn 2017, Mayan Families is expanding the focus and the impact of our Diabetes Education Initiative. Previously, we have helped diabetic patients manage their disease and develop healthier habits. Now, we are attacking the disease at its source wit

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Kick-starting the School Year with our First Well Child Check-ups!
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program ManagerLast week, our medical team finished our first set of Well Child Check-ups!For four days, our clinic staff travelled out to the remote community of El Barranco to offer check-ups to the students in our preschool. Overall, the team saw 58 children,

Monday, March 20, 2017
Mayan Families and Living on One: A Flourishing Partnership Bringing Change in Peña Blanca!
Lauren Erlandson
blog image In 2015, Living on One released Living on One Dollar, a documentary which followed the plight of families living in Peña Blanca, Guatemala living on less than $1 a day. Following this, Mayan Families partnered with Living on One to innovate sustainable community development solutions thr

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Medical Team Kicks off the Women's Health Initiative!
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program ManagerOur Women's Health Intiative has officially begun! A few weeks ago, the coordinators of the new initiative attended a three-day training with our partner organization Wuqu’ Kawoq-Maya Health Alliance and participated in two days of supe

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

Monday, October 31, 2016
With the Right Care, Sofia Will Grow Up Healthy
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program ManagerThis past summer, Juana* was starting to worry about her daughter, Sofia*. Five-year-old Sofia had developed a few spots on her face. At first, it seemed to be nothing serious, and Juana thought it would go away on its own. However, the spots were

Friday, August 5, 2016
Emergency Medical Fund: David Puts on a Brave Face in the Fight Against Cancer
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program CoordinatorLast month, we introduced the Emergency Medical Fund, which was established to help our patients with the most urgent medical needs. In our blog, we shared with you the stories of two families who needed your help. Thanks to your generosity, w

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

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Stories from the Field: Two Programs Step up for Maria
Medical Intern
blog image Written by Sophia Kecskes, Medical Program InternEight month-old Maria is the youngest of five children and lives in Panajachel with her siblings, mother, and grandmother. When her mother was four months pregnant, her father abandoned the family. Her mother only has a third grade education and

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hope Where There is None: Introducing the Emergency Medical Fund
Info Mayan Families
blog image This blog was written by Rosie Mazzarella and Tatiana Petrovick of the Mayan Families Medical Program. For thousands of families around Lake Atitlán, Mayan Families is their only hope. Every day at Mayan Families, we help families in desperate need of urgent medical care. We have helped

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

Friday, May 27, 2016
Fighting Diabetes at Mayan Families
Med Coordinator
blog image Written by Rosie Mazzarella, Medical Program CoordinatorMost indigenous Guatemalans believe that diabetes is caused by a susto, or fright. While the worldwide rate of diabetes has doubled in 1980, there is still little to no understanding of the severity of the disease.According to the World Health

Monday, May 23, 2016
Stories from the Field: Florentina's Story
blog image Written by Tatiana Petrovick, Medical Program CoordinatorWhen Florentina went to her first doctor’s appointment, all she knew was that she felt sick; but, she did not know how critically ill she was. After examining her, the doctor diagnosed her with high blood pressure - so high in fact, she

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Staff Training and More with the Church of Lauderdale by the Sea!
Natalia Fernandes
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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Graduation time at our Community Garden!
Claire Allen
blog image Written by Claire Allen, Nutrition CoordinatorOur community garden in San Antonio Palopó flourished, and now the program is coming to a close. The women participating in the garden became a tight community, and learned a lot through our workshops and classes. Last week, participants and their

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
International Women's Day 2016: 5 Facts About Being a Mother in Guatemala
blog image Imagine waking up to the sound of water running. You are lying on the dirt floor of your one-room home, with a straw mat as a bed and a bundle of clothes as a pillow. You get up and find that there is a stream running through your kitchen; rain from the night before, flowing down the mountain and in

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

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Enabling Mobility Part I: Jose's Story
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

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Zika: What do you need to know?
Lauren Erlandson
blog image The Zika virus has been dominating the global health news for the past two weeks. The Zika virus has now spread to 20 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is expected to spread more, as the mosquitoes that carry it can be found across the region. To date, Guatemala has regist

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Five Reasons Why the Guatemalan Health System is in Deep Crisis
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Guatemalans struggle with some of the worst health issues in Central America and, in some cases, the world. The country has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world, high maternal and child mortality, and a large prevalence of diabetes and heart diseases. Many of these health pro

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

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
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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Bringing the Change at 9000ft Above Sea Level!
blog image This past weekend, the Mayan Families Medical Program team tried out an exciting new way to #BringTheChange! Our Medical Program Coordinators, Clinic Assistant, and Development Coordinator all donned their hiking boots and climbed 9,000 feet above sea level to the top of  the San Pedro volcano

Friday, December 11, 2015
The Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic's Christmas Wishlist
blog image Photo credit, Juan HaroThe Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic provides high quality and culturally sensitive healthcare to Mayan Families sponsored students and their families. The clinic relies entirely on donations to stock our pharmacy and bring in desperately needed medical supplies. This Christmas se

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, October 21, 2015
Traditional Medicine Series - Part 2
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Here at the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic, we have found that many patients will come to our clinic only after they have consulted with a traditional healer. In rural Guatemala, traditional, plant-based medicine is still widely used. As a result, we have tried to familiarize ourselves with the t

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
How Your Medical Fund Donations Changed Karen's Life
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
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

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Stories from the Field: A Five-Year-Old Girl With a Cerebral Lesion
Grace White
blog image Situated at the very top of San Jorge de La Laguna, Ashley and her family live in one room that is only accessible by three steep sets of stairs stuck to the side of the mountainous topography of the surrounding area. With precarious zig-zags and a near vertical ascent, it is taxing to climb ev

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
A Family in a Desperate Situation: Emergency Help Needed
blog image Fermin’s family has experienced a horrific series of events that would challenge even the bravest of people. They have been confronted with natural disasters, medical emergencies, and the pains of hunger, but luckily have received gracious support from generous supporters through emergency ass

Friday, October 2, 2015
Traditional Medicine Series - Part 1
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Here in the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic, we have found that many patients will come to us only after they have consulted with a traditional healer. In rural Guatemala, traditional, plant-based medicine is still widely used. As a result, we have tried to familiarize ourselves with the traditional pr

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: A Huge Thank you to Global Hands of Healing
Natalia Fernandes
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

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Children With Special Needs: The Story of Lesly, a Child with Brittle Bone Syndrome
Grace White
blog image Immediately mobile in her wheelchair, I was greeted by a smiling 10-year-old Lesly accompanied by her mother and brother when I went on a home visit in San Jorge. Getting around San Jorge, a town with steep, cobble stone hills is even more challenging than most readers would think. The hills are so

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Road Safety Issues in Guatemala: A Life-Threatening Concern
blog image Earlier this year, one of our students was involved in a tragic accident. Edy was riding in a taxi in his hometown when he fell out of the vehicle, hitting his head in the process. When he was recovered from the scene, he was in extreme physical condition. His worried mother rushed him to the hospit

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Mother-Daughter Team Helps Bring the Change!
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

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Loss of Rights for Young Guatemalan Mothers: Cristina's Story
Claire Allen
blog image For many indigenous mothers affiliated with Mayan Families, maternity and raising a family in the rural highlands of Guatemala often comes with a challenging set of responsibilities and concerns. According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) Guatemala has one of th

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Resilience Despite Tragedy: Crecencia's Story
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image By Daniela GrazianoCervical cancer is the leading cause of death of middle-aged women in Guatemala and many of the mothers we work with have a high risk of contracting this disease. Tragically, Crecencia is one of these women and has been fighting cervical cancer since 2012.  At our Charli

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Supporter Appreciaton: Thank You Dr. Steve
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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
#World Hepatitis Day: How This Disease Affects Guatemala
Daniella Graziano
blog image Worldwide 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C. Despite being a highly preventable disease, 1.4 million people die each year. This means that 4,000 lives are lost a day, which we believe is 4,000 too many. The loss of these lives is a tragedy of unnecessary pain and suffering. To prev

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Hygiene Behaviors, a Worldwide Problem
Info Mayan Families
blog image         An important part of the Mayan Families Preschool Nutrition Centers’ curriculum involves teaching both preschool students and their parents about things like hygiene, nutrition, various health topics, and how to help their children succeed in school even i

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Essential Pediatric Care from Baragwanath Blessings
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image Recently, Mayan Families had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jerrilyn, a pediatrician from the United States and a valued member of the organization, Baragwanath Blessings, Inc.Dr. Jerrilyn and her family are deeply involved in the issues facing Guatemala and she has extensive e

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic Undergoes Renovations
Tatiana Petrovick
blog image This month, we are honoring the memory of our beloved Charlie, who we lost one year ago. In his honor, and to respect his love of helping translate and assist in medical clinics, we are renovating and improving our Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic and could not be more excited. First step: renovati

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

Friday, June 19, 2015
Pneumonia Cases Increase with the Arrival of Rainy Season
blog image I am writing this from the clinic at Mayan Families in Panajachel, Guatemala. There is a torrential downpour and everyone is running for cover under the blue tarp Don Bartolo, our groundskeeper, has preventatively hung for us.With the rainy season here, Jade, our other nurse, and I have been very bu

Thursday, June 11, 2015
One Father's Fight for his Family: Juan's Story
blog image Written by Ana Karina Sibrián Zepeda, Medical CoordinatorFor Father’s Day this year, we wanted to share the story of an amazing father in our community. Juan and his family (FA-453) have gone through some difficult times recently. Earlier this year, their four-month-old child sudde

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Generous Medical Donations from Caplin Point
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

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Seven Surprising Facts About Being a Mother in Guatemala
Jennifer Hughes
blog image Mothers represent a child's whole world. With Mother’s Day just passed, we wanted to share some facts about mothers in Guatemala.If you are a mother in an indigenous community, you most likely won’t deliver your baby in the hospital but at home. Indigenous midwives called comad

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Quality Health Care for those Most in Need
blog image by Jennifer HickeImagine you have to shell out $500 for your husband’s life-saving surgery, when you make just two dollars a day to live on. What if, in the same month, your eleven-year-old son gets diagnosed with leukemia, and the nearest treatment center is four hours away?Sadly, w

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Celebrating World Water Day 2015: How Mayan Families Helps
Katy Morris
blog image In places like the US and Canada, having access to clean drinking water can be as simple as heading to our kitchen sink. But that is not the case for those living in extreme poverty in areas like rural Guatemala. About 100,000 people in the Lake Atitlán region rely on the lake

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Emergency Assistance Needed: Mayra & Her Family
blog image Mayra first came to our attention when the local public health center called us. She had gone to give birth to her baby alone and was completely unprepared – she didn’t even have clothes for the baby to keep him warm. We found out that then 19-year-old Mayra was all alone and had no choi

Monday, February 9, 2015
Family in Desperate Need: FA-0453
blog image It has been a harrowing month for the Herrera Loper family.The family was devastated when their youngest son, Juan Roberto, passed away suddenly on January 10, 2015 at four months of age.That morning, Juan Roberto seemed to be a happy and healthy baby, engaging joyfully with his parents and siblings

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
World Cancer Day: Honoring the Strength of Cancer Patients in Rural Guatemala
blog image Written by Ana Karina Sibrián Zepeda, Medical CoordinatorFor this year’s World Cancer Day, we want to celebrate the strength and resilience of several cancer patients that have come to Mayan Families for potentially life-saving health services at our Charlie Gomez Me

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Generous Donation of Critical Medical Supplies Given to Local Hospital
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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Supporter Appreciation: Nursing Students from Waukesha County Technical College Show that Human Connection Requires No Translation At All
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, December 4, 2014
More than a Helping Hand: A Healing Touch for the Elderly
Grace White
blog image Last week, we were lucky enough to have a student sponsor visit Guatemala and dedicate an entire afternoon to providing medical care to the elderly of our Elderly Care Program in San Jorge. With some quick coordination from one of the cooks in the feeding center, the vo

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Volunteer Dentists from Mayan GAP Give Us Something to Smile About
blog image Written by Ana Karina Sibrián Zepeda, Medical CoordinatorToday in Latin America we celebrate the Día del Médico (Day of the Doctor). We have been so fortunate this year to welcome some of the most wonderful medical groups and individuals as volunteers.&n

Monday, November 3, 2014
Hands of Healing Medical Volunteers Provide Life-Saving Medical Treatment to Woman in Need
blog image Written by Ana Karina Sibrián Zepeda, Medical CoordinatorWhenever we host visiting medical groups and provide valuable health services to those who need it the most, our philosophy is quality over quantity. We make sure that every patient that comes to a temporary clinic has enough time

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A Big Thank You to All Our Visiting Doctors
blog image Written by Ana Karina Sibrián Zepeda, Medical CoordinatorThis summer has been a busy time for our medical clinic! While we are in the process of staffing it with a full-time female physician, we have been lucky to have several medical groups bring down wonderful doctors to offer all kind

Monday, September 29, 2014
Medical Researcher Getting Back to her Roots
blog image Written by Ana Karina Sibrián Zepeda, Medical CoordinatorFrom hosting only the most qualified visiting medical professionals, to searching for a highly skilled female doctor to staff our Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic, everything we do to expand and improve our medical programs is to ensur

Friday, September 19, 2014
Women’s Health Is a Matter of Education
blog image Written by Ana Karina Sibrián Zepeda, Medical CoordinatorWhile we are still looking for a female physician to staff our Medical Clinic and pioneer our Women’s Health Initiative, we have been very lucky to receive some amazing volunteers who have helped us move in the right dir

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Charlie’s Sponsor Warmly Recalls Their Relationship
Katy Morris
blog image As a long-standing supporter of Mayan Families, donor Angela Grussing reflects warmly on her unforgettable relationship with Charlie Alberto Gomez. While running a small nonprofit Nuestros Niños Charity, Angela works as a stay-at-home mom to her three children in Knoxville, TN. Her

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Critical Medical Help Needed for Young Boy with Leukemia
Katy Morris
blog image Carlos is an eleven year old boy living in Panajachel. Like many impoverished people living here, his parents have always struggled to ensure that all of their children have the basic necessities of life. In May 2014, their hardships became worse than they could ever imagine: Carlos was diagnosed wi

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A Supporter's Reflections: In Memory of Charlie Gomez
Katy Morris
blog image Linda Cotton recollects her many experiences as a supporter and volunteer of Mayan Families since 2009, specifically remembering her time spent with Charlie Gomez as a translator.  When we first met…My family first met Carlos in March of 2009 when my so

Friday, July 25, 2014
Introducing the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic
Katy Morris
blog image It has been an emotional week for us here at Mayan Families. We are still shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved friend, Charlie Gomez. While he suffered many medical challenges in his young life and was in pain on a daily basis, you would never know given his consistently friendl

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Charlie Alberto: Always in our Hearts
blog image Last night the Mayan Families' family had Charlie's viewing at the Mayan Families office compound; over 150 people came to pay their respect, express their love and affection for Charlie throughout the night. Some of our staff kept a vigil all night in the candle-lit room, as is Guatemalan custom, s

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A Tragic day!
Dwight Poage
blog image Today is an extremely tragic day for us here at Mayan Families, as we say goodbye to a beloved member of our own family, Charlie Alberto. Many of you who have come to visit had the pleasure of meeting him as one of our devoted Carpenters at our Carpentry Trade School and an interpreter for visi

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
A Baby in Need of URGENT Medical Care
Katy Morris
blog image Kendal's life is at risk. For the past month, Kendal has had severe health problems, and Yaxon, his single mother desperately looking for work, simply does not have the money to give Kendal the medical attention he needs. Yaxon still live with her own parents, who are also u

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