Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Just a few hours left for your Tax deductible donation to count for 2013!
Dwight Poage
blog image Dear Friends,We have just a few hours left before 2014 arrives.  That means there is still time for you to make a tax-deductible donation to Mayan Families before the New Year. Don’t miss this important deadline.  Please make a donation now!No matter the size – big or smal

Monday, December 30, 2013
In Honor Donation from Uncle Zio and Aunt Harriet
Dwight Poage
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To the Moore Family, we love you all and hope to hug you very soon!
Love Uncle Zio and Aunt Harriet


Saturday, December 28, 2013
Year end giving!
Dwight Poage
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As the clock winds down on 2013, you have just a few days left to make a tax-deductible gift to support Mayan Families and the crucial work we do here in rural Guatemala.

Mayan Families End of Year Giving!
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs175/1103559743325/archive/1116043888397.html



Monday, December 23, 2013
Sabina
Dwight Poage
blog image Sabina (A-51) lives in a house made of adobe with a dirt floor. She does not even have a proper bed, she sleeps on a piece of cardboard laid over the coils of an old metal frame. She has no water in her house and must carry water from the community pump. Because of her advanced age an

Saturday, December 21, 2013
A HUGE Thank You from our Elderly Care Program!!
Sandy
blog image We are so thankful that we received enough donations so that we were able to give ALL of our elderly men & women a bag of food for Christmas! Yesterday we were able to give the Christmas food bags to all 76 men and women in our Elderly Care Program here in Panajachel and in San Jorge. Now w

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Call in your donation
Dwight Poage
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Hi, If your trying to make donations to Mayan Families, Christmas Tamale Food Baskets, Student Sponsorship etc please remember that you can simply call us and we can accept your donation right over the phone at 619-550-2608 anytime! 



Thursday, December 12, 2013
A success story!
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi Everyone,I am so excited!  I just received from Sharon photos of one of our sponsored student's graduating from high school. She was one of the 1st students sponsored through Mayan Families.  We have sponsored her for the past 8 years since 2006 before Mayan Families was even

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Christmas Holiday Tamale Food Basket Count
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi, so far our total of baskets for the students and families is 485....and we have 30  bags of food for the elderly. This is approx. half the amount we had at this time of the year so we are hoping that more will be coming in!! Last year I think we had a grand total of 1,600. Le

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This week at Mayan Families - December-10-2013
Dwight Poage
blog image Well, this week is our big Christmas party week!But it is turning out a little different than we expected.Many of you who have visited know Gloria , who is one of our managers...she is as responsible for starting Mayan Families as much as Patti, Dwight and I.  She and her brother, Juan, who is

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Aura
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi, I have to tell you about little Aura who came to our office this morning.Aura is 11 years old.  She is two years older than my daughter, Aleeya who every morning opens her advent calendar to a little gift or a sweet, who is busy writing lists for Santa Claus and is rehearsing to be in the C

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sharing a beautiful and meaningful review
Dwight Poage
blog image I am sharing this review , it brought me so much joy to read it and know how much sponsorship can give to everyone involved. Three years ago, on my 3rd visit to Panajachel, Guatemala, I decided to sponsor a 3 year old girl so through Mayan Families so she could attend preschool, get 2 meals per

Friday, December 6, 2013
Community Service
Dwight Poage
blog image One of the requirements for older students who are fortunate to have school sponsorship is that we ask them to do 10 hours of Community Service...to give back to their communities.These are some of our students who have chosen to come to work at the Mayan Families pre school in Panajachel helping in

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Help Us Let the Elderly Know They Are Not Forgotten This Christmas!
Sandy
blog image Unfortunately, for most of the elderly here in Guatemala, this Christmas will be just another day where they are hungry, alone, and in pain.We would love to be able to provide a small Christmas gift to each of our elderly men and women, to let them know that they are not forgotten this Chr

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Santos Has a Bathroom Now! Thank You Transformational Connections!
Sandy
blog image Thanks to the generosity of TRANSFORMATIONAL CONNECTIONS, Santos (A-60) who is blind and in our Elderly Care program..now has a bathroom and a shower!! Santos tries to care for his grandkids as best as he can while his daughter works since Santos can no longer work sand support the family since

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Join our Crowdrise Holiday Fundraising Campaign!
Sandy
blog image This holiday season, Mayan Families is participating in a Crowdrise Holiday Fundraising Campaign to garner support for our Elderly Care Program. This program, which currently provides a daily meal and social inclusion activities to improve the quality of life for 76 elderly people in Panaj

Friday, November 22, 2013
A week of graduations!
Dwight Poage
blog image It has been a week of Graduations from our pre schools. It is such a bitter sweet time for me.All those beautiful little ones ....all growing up and moving on.They all look so proud ......and all of a sudden grown up.It is like watching my own daughters graduate from pre school..again and again

Friday, November 22, 2013
Graduation day at Mayan Families pre school in San Jorge.
Dwight Poage
blog image This week has been full of graduations at our pre schools. Yesterday was the big day for the San Jorge Pre school. 35 children graduated and are on their way to starting elementary school in January when the Guatemalan school year begins. It is a bittersweet day.....we are happy they are gradua

Friday, November 22, 2013
Zone 1 in the city has a big facelift
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi, for those of you who have been to the downtown area of Guatemala City...this certainly looks like it is a huge improvement.http://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/News-Briefs/Guatemala-City-street-gets-facelift-and-what-a-difference-it-makes_Monday-November-18-2013Sharon Smart-PoageMAYAN FAMILIESa&nb

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A-95 Vicenta Hernandez Lopez Needs Medical Care
Sandy
blog image  (A-95) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: meal sponsorship, medicine, medical support To make a donation or provide meal sponsorship for Vicenta at $35 each a month, click here.For 16 years Vicenta worked taking care of the public bathrooms in town. One day the bathrooms were closed do

Monday, November 11, 2013
Oct-17-2013 is a great day in Tierra Linda Elementary school!!
Dwight Poage
blog image Oct-17-2013 is a huge day for the Tierra Linda Elementary 6th grade graduating class.For the first time ever  they are having a graduation excursion. There are 26 children going to the city!  They are going to the Zoo and the Children's Museum...they are going to pass the National Pal

Friday, November 8, 2013
Sponsor a Student for 2014!
Dwight Poage
blog image      It's that time of year again! Time to Sponsor a Student and provide the gift of education made possible by you, our amazing donors. We are genuinely grateful for your support throughout the year. With your help we have been able t

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Sweet little video about the market in Solola
Dwight Poage
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This video was made in 2005 ( before the hurricane Stan in 2005) and it shows life on market day in Solola.....it is still the same...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK74Adp_02M
Sharon Smart-Poage
MAYAN FAMILIES
registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity
www.mayanfamilies.org


Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Mayan Families Partners with Living On One to help Peña Blanca
Ashley Ford
blog image Living on One and Mayan Families have partnered to provide much needed education and nutrition directly to our neighbors in Peña Blanca and the surrounding villages in Guatemala!   Please click on this link to lend your support where it is needed most. 80% of your donation

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Dental Awareness group...and their beautiful video!
Dwight Poage
blog image This is a beautifully made video by the group.."Dental Awareness" that is working here in Guatemala and we are honored to be associated with them.  The pre school that they show is the Mayan Families San Antonio Palopo pre school....https://vimeo.com/76619714Sharon Smart-PoageMAYAN FAMILIESa&nb

Friday, October 25, 2013
Donation Issues
Ashley Ford
blog image You might have noticed that we have a nice new website, however, we're still going through some teething issues in this transitional stage from old to new. One of our most concerning issues is that we are having difficulty receiving one-time donations that we so dearly appreciate. If you are having

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Today and Yesterday
Dwight Poage
blog image Yesterday we had the medical clinic in Nahaula for the second day ...theyhave seen over 200 patients in this time. It was an early start...leavingby 7.30.am. and back in the evening just before 6.30 p.m.Our new Volunteer Co ordinator , Amy then took the group for dinner toPinguinos where t

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Lety's Wedding
Dwight Poage
blog image On Monday, 17 year old Lety, one of our sponsored students got married.She lived in a  tiny one roomed house with 8 other people. They had no bathroom and almost no space to move, they had barely enough to eat to survive. Lety has worked for years as a domestic in a private house to help s

Monday, October 21, 2013
Lety, one of our students, is getting married!
Dwight Poage
blog image Lety is one of our sponsored students ...who has been with us for about 7 years.She unfortunately lost her sponsor last year.Lety is getting married today.She is 17 years old. She is moving out of the one tiny room that she shares with 8 other people, including her mother and young brother.Her

Saturday, October 19, 2013
It has been another busy week here at Mayan Families
Dwight Poage
blog image It has been another busy week here at Mayan Families.Monday...We started the week with Juana who is 31 years old.   She had 4 children at home ranged in age from 10 years old to 4 years old.  She was pregnant when 3 months ago her husband told her that he would go to the coast to look for

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sad News About Our Dear Anciano Santiago (A-75)
Dwight Poage
blog image This morning we were notified that one of our dear ancianos, Santiago (A-75) was not well. We sent our doctor to his house and Santiago’s lungs were full of liquid. Dr. Louis tried to give Santiago some medicine but he was not able to swallow the medicine well.  Thirty minutes a

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Tierra Linda Elementary has a great day!!!
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi everyone,The 6th grade class from Tierra Linda Elementary had a fantastic dayyesterday...all 26 of them and 7 teachers , plus a Mayan Families staffmember , Rodolfo accompanied them to the city. They went to the Zoo, theChildren's museum, the National Palace ..and passed by another museum...(prob

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Logging in for the first time!
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi all,As a reminder of how to access your new login.If you are logging in for the first time:- Go to login (on the top right-hand corner) and once you're on thelogin page click reset password.- This will send you a new password- If you receive an error message that says your email is incorrectpleas

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Construction History
Dwight Poage
blog image Newsletter – construction project With the help of a kind donation we recently built a new house for the Nimacachí family. The mother, Erminia and six of her children used to live in a single room made from mud brick where she was forced to cook for the family outside.  The ne

Friday, October 18, 2013
Last Sunday with Cameron
Dwight Poage
blog image Sunday...we had a visit from Cameron that was organized by Peg and spurred by Carol ...Cameron is helping children who have been burned...children from Mexico, El Salvador and from Guatemala. He came to visit Maria Angelica , the 12 year old girl who was badly burned as a baby. There was a skirmish

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Baby in Urgent Need
Dwight Poage
blog image This baby boy was born on September 17th.....his name is Aristides .....the same as his father. He is the 11th child to be born into this family.The father works in the market carrying heavy loads for customers.He does not have a fixed salary, it just depends on how much he earns in tips.S

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Today we had a meeting with 15 people in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Today we had  a meeting with 15 people . These were representatives of the different municipalities in the Department of Solola.  They came to ask for our help. Their concern was the great problem of malnutrition amongst children.They had a list of 149 children who were in danger of d

Monday, October 14, 2013
Life out of the Box visiting Mayan Families
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi, I thought you might like to see this post from a group called "Life out of the Box" who came to visit and volunteer with us.There are  really cute photos of the very cute children at our pre school!http://lifeoutofthebox.com/2013/10/14/lootb-gives-to-mayan-families-panajachel-preschool/Shar

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Donation to Elderly Care!
Anabella Coria
blog image  **An Elderly care donation was made in honor of Ronnie Brodsky's birthday from Nina Brodsky and Alex Wugalter. If you would like to send a donation in honor or in memory of someone, you can notify us at donorrelations@mayanfamilies.org or leave a note in the comments section whe

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Children's Day in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image These photos are from the celebration in 2012. This week we will celebrate Children' s Day in Guatemala .....Each child in our Nutritional programs /pre schools will receive a food and a gift....but we need help to do this. It costs $2 per child to make this possible. If you would like to sponsor a

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Mayan Families Beauty Salon
Dwight Poage
blog image The Mayan Families Beauty Salon Picking up on the global demand for income generating programs for women, we launched an innovative training scheme in July of this year to teach local indigenous women the art of manicures and pedicures with the view to open a fully functioning salon that will m

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Today is Children's Day in Guatemala!
Dwight Poage
blog image Today is a celebration in all schools for children in Guatemala! It is a fun day!This year we are not celebrating Children's Day in our pre schools until tomorrow.This is because the pre schools were closed last week for vacation..and they re opened yesterday....so it took an extra day for the teach

Saturday, September 28, 2013
One of our Families in Agua Escondido
Dwight Poage
blog image This morning we had a call from Aqua Escondido...this is where we were able to buy land and build 8 houses for families who did not own land.One of the poorest families there is a family of 11 ....9 children ...and 2 adults. The parents, Jesus and Clara...have had a very hard life. This family often

Friday, September 27, 2013
Jesus 22 years old is in desperate need of help
Dwight Poage
blog image Last night we received an urgent phone call about help for this family.Jesus is 22 years old. ...last week he had collapsed and was sent to the hospital in Solola. ...he is diabetic and could not afford the much needed medication. He was released from hospital after being stabilized and sent ho

Friday, September 27, 2013
Maximo and Angelina go to the hospital
Dwight Poage
blog image 10 year old Maximo and his little, 4 year old sister, Angelina were admitted to the Govt. hospital for malnourished children.Either the parents took them there or the govt. officials would have taken all four of their children to an orphanage and they would have lost custody of their children. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013
These two children are in desperate need.
Dwight Poage
blog image These two children are in desperate need. Angelina is 4 years old and weighs 16 lb ..her brother, Maximo is 10 years old, very stunted and weighs 28lb. They are the worst affected in a family that is starving, there are other children in this family. The children were hospitalized for a week bu

Monday, September 23, 2013
Life out of the box group visits Mayan Families
Dwight Poage
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This was a group of very enthusiastic, young  people who came to visit us.

http://lifeoutofthebox.com/2013/09/19/lootb-meets-mayan-families/
Sharon Smart-Poage
MAYAN FAMILIES
registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity


Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday and Sunday classes in rural Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi everyone,The Saturday classes are not just a tutoring class, they are formal school classes. They are held on Saturday or Sundays for students who have to work ..or for students, like Claudia who are so much older than the kids in their regular school classes. ...in these situ

Saturday, September 21, 2013
A busy day at the Mayan Families Clinic
Dwight Poage
blog image This week we have been doing evaluations on the children who are in the milk program and the Incaparina program (cereal ). They came to our small clinic run by Dr. Louis de Pena....and he weighed, measured and examined them for health problems.It was a great relief for the mothers to be able to

Thursday, September 19, 2013
A visit to our pre school in San Antonio Palapo is never complete without taking a quick stop to look at the women weaving
Dwight Poage
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A visit to our pre school in San Antonio Palapo is never complete

without taking a quick stop to look at the women weaving and also to

see the beautiful pottery being made in the village. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sunday, September 15, 2013
Farmers struggle for land in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Celebrating women leaders in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
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http://www.revuemag.com/2013/09/women-leaders-guatemalas-independence/
 Sharon Smart-Poage MAYAN FAMILIES
registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity
www.mayanfamilies.org



Friday, September 13, 2013
This is the reason our milk and nutrition programs are so important here in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
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This is the reason that our milk program and nutrition programs are so important.

 Sharon Smart-Poage MAYAN FAMILIES

registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity

www.mayanfamilies.org



Thursday, September 12, 2013
More Good News!
Dwight Poage
blog image Ramos (A-8) was able to visit an ophthalmologist & get medicine thanks to a donation to his medical needs!    Petrona (A-88) received a water filter & table!     Felipa (A-38) received a food basket , firewood, pillow, comforter, corn, med

Saturday, September 7, 2013
Guatemalan Independence Day is Sept. 15th
Dwight Poage
blog image Guatemalan Independence Day is Sept. 15th. It is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm here in Guatemala.Lots of parades.  It is a very big event.One of the things that is always stressful for the parents is that the schools ask for new shoes for the children for the parades.We have giv

Saturday, September 7, 2013
This week's happenings in Guatemala with Mayan Families!
Dwight Poage
blog image This week we have welcomed back the dental group , Kids, which has been coming for the last 4-5 years attending to the dental needs of the children here.Monday they saw 200 children in Panajachel.Today they went to Nahaula and saw over 200 children.Tomorrow they are in San Jorge.....Thursday ...they

Friday, September 6, 2013
Quisquina Castro Family
Dwight Poage
blog image Quisquina Castro Family  The Quisquina Castros are one tough family! They have 11 children that are learning impaired or have speech impediments. 6 of the children are special needs. One has been taken to a special needs hospital in Antigua. The rest of the special needs siblings, although

Sunday, September 1, 2013
Saturday and Sunday classes in rural Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi everyone,The Saturday classes are not just a tutoring class, they are formal school classes. They are held on Saturday or Sundays for students who have to work ..or for students, like Claudia who are so much older than the kids in their regular school classes. ...in these situ

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The plight of Special Needs Children in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image We have been very fortunate to have had a lovely couple here who were volunteering . Ben is an Occupational Therapist and his wife , Mary is a midwife. They also had a friend join them after a two weeks who was also an occupational therapist. Ben specializes in helping special needs childr

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Lillian in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi, many of you may remember , Lillian.  She is an orphan.  She was just 14 years old when she had her first baby to an older man who convinced her to leave her aunt and go and live with him.She also took on the job of raising the man's 4 year old son.Lillian is still living with the older

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Little Guillermo will be 6 years old soon!
Dwight Poage
blog image Little Guillermo will be 6 years old soon.October 6th. He started at the Mayan Families preschool in  Tierra Linda in 2010.He has two older sisters and he had a baby brother. The baby became ill and died, he was vomiting and had diarrhea but the family could not afford medical attention.&n

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Juan, our construction manager...loses his baby daughter Tuesday morning
Dwight Poage
blog image Sadly, Juan , our construction manager, who many of you will have met when you came  to do stoves and build houses, lost his baby girl this morning.Juan was out with  a group installing stoves in San Antonio Palopo when we got the call that the baby was dying or dead....it was a confusing

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Maria Antonieta
Dwight Poage
blog image Maria Antonieta is our #1 student, our very first student....she is the first student that we registered when we started Mayan Families.Her sponsor, Sue and her family, have stayed with Maria during her elementary school years, her jnr. high and high school years . Maria Antonieta was hoping to

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Our little clinic. ...In Honor of Ron Fletcher
Dwight Poage
blog image Our little medical clinic sees a lot of people.  They are people who do not have the money to buy the medicines that they need.We rely on donations to help make this clinic able to help so many .One of the ways to help the clinic is to donate the money for the medicine for just one day in

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The Agaclon Colo family is in desperate need of some assistance on many fronts.
Dwight Poage
blog image The Agaclon Colo family is in desperate need of some assistance on many fronts. Last year, the father of the family, Fermin, went to visit the doctor after suffering some pain in his stomach. He was prescribed medication which he continued to take for several months despite the fact that the pa

Monday, July 22, 2013
Recipe for Pepian de Pollo
Dwight Poage
blog image  Recipe for Pepian de Pollo Many people have been asking whether we could publish some of the wonderful Guatemalan récipes that we teach in our cooking classes. So first off, here is a recipe for Pepian de Pollo – a traditional Guatemalan stew. Every Guatemalan makes it a litt

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Thanks for the life of one very special little girl.
Dwight Poage
blog image Today is two years since 8 year old Gabby Lewis had the terrible car accident that took her life and changed forever the lives of her parents, Shane, Becky and her little brother, Tucker. I have followed Becky's posts on Facebook and sometimes here in our group and I am always amazed at her cou

Sunday, July 21, 2013
A very productive visit from Global Legacy Programs!
Dwight Poage
blog image We were fortunate to have a visit from the volunteers of Global Legacy Programs  !This group brought with them the gift of two sewing machines.  Both the women who were graduating the following day from the 6 month sewing course were so thrilled to receive these sewing machines.  

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Global Dental Expeditions!
Dwight Poage
blog image  Many of the children of Panajachel have received wonderful dental care during the last two weeks. Thanks to a collaboration with Global Dental Expeditions, the local town Municipality and Mayan Families... over 1,000 children were able to receive fluoride, sealant, cleanings, filling

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Mayan Families Medical Clinic
Dwight Poage
blog image Mayan Families has a small medical clinic in our compound.  It is small but very busy.Dr. Louis de Pena attends approx. 40 people a day with a huge amount of different and often dire illnesses.We do not have enough funds to be able to pay for the medicines we need.We rely on donations to supply

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Mayan Families June/July 2013 Newsletter!
Dwight Poage
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Mayan Families June/July 2013 Newsletter!

Click on the link:  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs175/1103559743325/archive/1114003484882.html



Sunday, July 21, 2013
Volunteer Jim Britt...back and spreading joy again!
Dwight Poage
blog image Jim Britt has a love for Guatemala, its people and in helping them. He has made several trips to Guatemala and has established very warm relationships with thestudents that he sponsors and their families.Jim is a shining example of what one person can do.  He spreads the word as much as he

Friday, July 19, 2013
Some fantastic news!!!
Dwight Poage
blog image Dear friends,As many of you know , we have struggled to find a location for Mayan Families.We started Mayan Families out of our house in Panajachel.We used Zoe's computer in her bedroom. Sandra, our Social Worker and I used to share that computer....when one got off, the other jumped on. Then w

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Father struggles against cancer
Dwight Poage
blog image Carlos is the father of three of our sponsored students. For the past two months, he has been receiving chemotherapy for his pancreatic cancer. The doctors have said that he has a very good chance of beating this terrible disease. After each therapy session, Carlos is left debilitated and with

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Cooking Classes at Mayan Families..!
Dwight Poage
blog image One of the activities we offer groups at Mayan Families is to take cooking classes of traditional  Guatemalan food.    This group yesterday, visiting with "Heart for Guatemala" were able to enjoy a delicious meal of Pepian, chuchitos, guacomole and chirimol that they had prepared

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Mayan Families April, May 2013 Newsletter
Dwight Poage
blog image                                                     In This

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Ancianos video!
Dwight Poage
blog image Filmmaker Nisa East and I interviewed a few of our Ancianos for their stories. Featured in the video are sponsored ancianos Celestina Simion, Gregoria Perez, and Ramos Cumes, as well as unsponsored anciana Cecila Bocel. Mayan Families - Ancianos Stories from Nisa East on Vimeo. (To see the

Sunday, June 23, 2013
Fresh, sweet bread ....and lots of smiles!!!
Dwight Poage
blog image  These are the men ( and some women and children ) who work in the river digging out sand to sell for construction.  It is really hard, low paid work...and there is no guarantee at the end of the day you will sell your sand and get paid.  If it rains there is no work.  Their fami

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Update on Ashley and her family, Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Thanks to the support that we have received for Ashley ....we were able to help the mother with the needs for the baby brother...and her own food etc while she was in the hospital with her son, for nearly a week. The little boy had the operation on Wednesday and is doing fine.They rel

Friday, June 21, 2013
Pouring Rain in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
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Little video taken yesterday afternoon at our offices in Panajachel. If you are coming, bring your rain boots!!!

Sharon

Sharon Smart-Poage MAYAN FAMILIES

registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity



Friday, June 21, 2013
Good News!
Dwight Poage
blog image Celestina A-53 gets her door repaired!   Pedro A-6 is now sponsored for meals, medicine AND rent for his home!     Alberta A-49 receives blankets and sheets for her bed.         Miguel A-24 receives a pad to make hi

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Maria Jacinta
Dwight Poage
blog image    (A-91) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: meal sponsorship, fuel-efficient stove, diabetes and other medical care, bed and mattressTo help, click here. To sponsor Maria for $35 a month, click here.For more stories and photos of the ancianos in the Feeding  Program, please consider pu

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Juana Santos
Dwight Poage
blog image  (A-17) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: water filter, meal sponsorship, diabetes medicinesTo help, click here. To sponsor Maria for $35 a month, click here.For more stories and photos of the ancianos in the Feeding  Program, please consider purchasing a book compiled of our participants. All p

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Juana Cumes
Dwight Poage
blog image                                 (A-90) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: $35 meal sponsorship, $25 rent assistance, water filter, bathroomTo provi

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Adrian Motta
Dwight Poage
blog image   (A-79) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: materials to construct a room, water filter, meal sponsorship, EnsureTo provide meal sponsorship or Ensure for Adrian at $35 each a month, click here.Read previous stories about Adrian here.For more stories and photos of the ancianos in the Feeding 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Maria Margarita
Dwight Poage
blog image  (A-103) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: meal sponsorship, medical assistance, water filter, 2 full mattresses, Onil stoveTo help, click here. To sponsor Maria for $35 a month, click here.For more stories and photos of the ancianos in the Feeding  Program, please consider purchasing a book com

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Felipa Xingo
Dwight Poage
blog image                               (A-84) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: Meal sponsorship, medical coverage, water filter, home expense assistanceTo help: www

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Two of our students are going blind
Dwight Poage
blog image #1604 Guillermo  About a year and a half ago, little Guillermo was diagnosed with bilateral congenital glaucoma. He was able to receive an operation on his eyes thanks to your help. The doctors said that, had he not gotten this essential treatment, he would have been blind within months. Your g

Monday, June 17, 2013
L-176 Eliezer needs medical help!
Dwight Poage
blog image L-176 Eliezer  Since  Eliezer was born he has suffered Hydrocephalus, or the excess of water  in the brain. The doctors performed an operation that would remove the  liquid by extracting it through the stomach. Since then this is the only thing they have been able to do for Elize

Monday, June 17, 2013
Some good news!
Dwight Poage
blog image Thanks to a generous donor and sponsor, the San Jorge Feeding Program has a new water filter to use!  Maria Louisa A-50 is now sponsored!                Maria Angeles A-93 is now sponsored for one year! &n

Monday, June 17, 2013
Ancianos photo book now available for purchase
Dwight Poage
blog image Finally compiled, a collection of professional photos and stories on some of our elderly in the Mayan Families Feeding Care program! A percentage of all sales go directly to the Ancianos program. Please note this in your order. You can preview the first few pages and purchase the book through t

Monday, June 17, 2013
Daniela and Brenda
Dwight Poage
blog image A little over a month ago, Brenda was very concerned because her 9 year old daughter, Daniela was very pale and tired.  Food for Brenda is for FA-320. She took her to a doctor and there started a parent's nightmare. Daniela was diagnosed with Leukemia. Daniela's father, Daniel, 39 years old,&nb

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Ashley and her family in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi, some of you may remember Ashley and her family situation.Ashley came to stay with us last year ...she stayed at my house for about 3 weeks.  Her step father who had raised her from about a 2 years old  ...decided that he no longer wanted to support her. Ashley was then around 12 y

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Francisca has gangrene
Dwight Poage
blog image 20 years ago, Francisca was diagnosed with diabetes. Having received very little information on her disease from the doctors, her life did not seem greatly affected by this revelation, until 3 years ago when 60-year-old Francisca was told she needs insulin injections to control her glucose leve

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Our Orphans need food
Dwight Poage
blog image #2097 Karina with siblings #2098 Jhony (13),#2099 Fabiola (11), #2100 Olivia (8), and#2101 Cristian (4).Karina is 16. She has two little brothers and two little sisters, but no parents. Her father was consumed by alcohol in 2009, prompting her inebriated mother to kick all five children out. Hopeles

Sunday, June 2, 2013
The week that was!
Dwight Poage
blog image Hi friends,Well, it has been a very busy past week at Mayan Families.SUNDAY AND MONDAY. DENTAL/VISION/MEDICAL TEAM. We had the Dental /Vision Team arrive last Friday...and we set up Saturday...then Sunday and Monday we had hundreds of people lining up in

Friday, May 31, 2013
Our orphans need food
Dwight Poage
blog image #2097 Karina with siblings #2098 Jhony (13),#2099 Fabiola (11), #2100 Olivia (8), and#2101 Cristian (4).Karina is 16. She has two little brothers and two little sisters, but no parents. Her father was consumed by alcohol in 2009, prompting her inebriated mother to kick all five children out. Hopeles

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Ancianos in Need!
Dwight Poage
blog image  Below are just some of our ancianos either in need of sponsorship, medical care, or other necessities.We had the chance to visit them recently and update their situations, needs and stories. Please consider sponsorship at just $35 a month, which will provide meals for them 5 days a week,

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Ancianos in Need!
Dwight Poage
blog image          Below are just some of our ancianos either in need of sponsorship, medical care, or other necessities.We had the chance to visit them recently and update their situations, needs and stories. Please consider sponsorship at just $35 a month, which

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
A letter from Rosita A-1's sponsor
Dwight Poage
blog image Last week, we posted a story about A-1 Rosita and the help that she has been receiving. This is a note written from her sponsor. Thank you so much for providing a way for Rosita to hear the music she loves, in addition to provision of her basic needs! "I have to tell you [Rosita's story] brough

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Josefa Queche
Dwight Poage
blog image                                (A-18) Status: Sponsored for meals, diapers, home necessitiesPrevious stories about Josefa can be found here. 

Friday, May 24, 2013
Paula Sahon & Tereso Ajocon
Dwight Poage
blog image                             (A-2, A-23) Status: Not Sponsored(A-2 Tereso) Needs: meal sponsorship, room to rent, Ensure, medicines for nervous attacks and pain(

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Margarita Can Cosme & Ricardo González
Dwight Poage
blog image                             (A-21, A-22) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: Eye care, electricity, water filterTo help: www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow "A-21, or A-22

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Rosa Citalan
Dwight Poage
blog image (A-1) Status: Sponsored for meals, medicines, home expenses, Mayan Families holiday basketsA link to a previous story about Rosita can be found here. Rosa speaks as if each breath she takes will run out before the story's finishedThanks to Rosa's sponsor, who has been helping since 2010, the an

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Grandfather in need of an important surgery
Dwight Poage
blog image Aharon Estuardo is 6 years old. He is one of our sponsored students that is currently attending first grade. His mother died when he was only one year old, and his father left him for another woman soon after. He now lives with his grandparents.The grandmother takes care of the house, while the gran

Monday, May 20, 2013
Fidela Pinzon
Dwight Poage
blog image (A-82) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: sponsorship for meals, diapers, insulin, medicine for high blood pressure, vitaminsTo help: www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow "A-## [write needs, sponsorship etc.]"To sponsor her for meals at $35 a month, visit: http://mayanfamilies.org/DonateMonthly.aspxA girl who i

Thursday, May 16, 2013
A difficult Mother's Day for Caty
Dwight Poage
blog image 29 year old Caty is a wife and mother of three. She is also the only provider for her family. In 2011, her husband, Fermin, began to suffer from constant headaches and body pains. He was taken to see a doctor, who prescribed him a medication that did him little good. After months of treatment,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Miguel, Manuel and Maximiliana Matzar
Dwight Poage
blog image (A-24 Miguel) Status: Sponsored for meals, saline solution, diapers, Ensure(A-25 Manuel) Status: Sponsored for meals(A-26 Maximiliana) Status: Sponsored for meals, Sponsored for insulinNeeds: regular sponsorship of catheter adjustment, $67 (A-25), medical sponsorship for all three, stipend for Iris

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Ancianas receive Mother's Day gifts!
Dwight Poage
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All of our Ancianos in the Program received bags of food for Mother's Day.

They were so thrilled to have these necessary supplies given to them by generous donors!

Socorro Guit (A-94) smiles with her gift.



Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Santiago Bocel
Dwight Poage
blog image (A-75) Status: Not Sponsored Needs: Meal sponsorship, food, disposable diapers, wheelchair or walker, water filter, sheets, blankets, closet, roof repairs, Ensure or other fortified supplementTo help: www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow "A-75 [write needs, sponsorship etc.]"To sponsor him for meals at $

Friday, May 10, 2013
Lucia Chumil
Dwight Poage
blog image (A-19) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: Meal sponsorship, water filter To help: www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow "A-19 [write needs, sponsorship etc.]" "Here look at me," Lucia stands up from her chair and bends over, putting her hand out for an invisible cane. "Look at me, my back, I'm all bent

Friday, May 10, 2013
Maria Germana
Dwight Poage
blog image (A-11) Status: Sponsored for medicineNeeds: Meal sponsorship, water filterTo help: www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow "A-11 [write needs, sponsorship etc.]"To sponsor her for meals at $35 a month, visit: http://mayanfamilies.org/DonateMonthly.aspxA previous story about Maria and her blind son, Victor,

Friday, May 10, 2013
Isabel Rangel
Dwight Poage
blog image  (A-27) Status: Not SponsoredNeeds: Medicine, meal sponsorshipTo help: www.mayanfamilies.org/donatenow "A-27 [write needs, sponsorship etc.]"To sponsor her for meals at $35 a month, visit: http://mayanfamilies.org/DonateMonthly.aspx "Two of my children don't talk to me. The other two aren'

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Donate a basket to an orphan family
Dwight Poage
blog image Mother's Day is a beautiful holiday meant to celebrate the most important woman in each of our lives. Unfortunately, when that special person is missing, this loving holiday can become a painful reminder of the warm connection we no longer share. Many of the orphans in our sponsorship program still

Monday, May 6, 2013
Butcher style aprons
Dwight Poage
blog image Amarilis, Maria and Lety graduated from the Mayan Families Sewing Program in 2011 have been  making since then several items with their sewing machines, such as skirts, blouses, curtains, aprons, lavender hearts, among other products. Maria has also been participating with Aldea Maya (Sanitary

Friday, April 26, 2013
Alejandro needs medical help!
Dwight Poage
blog image Alejandro L-169 was born with a milk allergy. He cannot nurse because his mother abandoned him, leaving him to her sister, who has little financial means to help the baby. She has been put in a position not only to care for a child that wasn't hers, but to provide its medical help for his allergies.

Friday, April 26, 2013
Alejandro needs medical help!
Dwight Poage
blog image Alejandro L-169 was born with a milk allergy. He cannot nurse because his mother abandoned him, leaving him to her sister, who has little financial means to help the baby. She has been put in a position not only to care for a child that wasn't hers, but to provide its medical help for his allergies.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Las Fotos!
Dwight Poage
blog image The Las Fotos wheatpasting project has come to a close in Panajachel. The girls and Anna, the leader of the project, were able to paste black and white photos on an otherwise graffitied wall for a number of weeks, offering a beautiful alternative to spray-painted swear words and other atrocities for

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Juana A65 has passed away
Dwight Poage
blog image Last week, Juana fell ill with pneumonia and died soon after. Her daughter Rosaria is now living alone in the house she shared with her mother. The two were lucky to have been recently sponsored, and Juana was glad to have a comfortable bed to sleep in and a guaranteed meal in her last mon

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Rosa Coj an example to follow
Dwight Poage
blog image  Rosa was a single mother whose child was born with hydrocephalus.  Rosa cared lovingly for the child until she died at the age of 2.  Rosa was grief stricken for a year but has decided to go back to school to help put her grief behind her and to improve her life.Rosa wants to study t

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Celebrate Mother's Day with Mayan Families 2013
Dwight Poage
blog image Celebrate Mother's Day with Mayan Families! Celebrate Mother's Day with Mayan Families! Mother's Day is May-12-2013. We invite you to celebrate the amazing mothers we serve at Mayan Families by sending a Mother's Day Food Basket!  Every day of the year these women make tremendous sa

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Saying goodbye to the women in the sewing project
Dwight Poage
blog image Yesterday was my last day at Mayan Families, it was really emotive, specially with the women. I did not expect such a warm and emotional goodbye from them. These women are so special, and just some words and a hug was more than enough for me to keep in them in my heart. Some of them from San Jorge w

Monday, April 15, 2013
Ponciana's funeral
Dwight Poage
blog image We see so many people pass away here but Ponciana has affected everyone who knew her.5 days ago, a group of Mayan Families staff members went to the house to visit , taking flowers, coffee, sugar, bread and corn. Some of us, will be joining the funeral procession.Eric, our driver, who lost

Friday, April 12, 2013
Sewing Class Graduation with Mayan Families in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image  Two days ago we had our Sewing Class Graduation party....there were 7 women who graduated from this sewing course.They were all very excited.Most of them have very little education...in fact, one of the women in her Thank you speech told me that she had been wanting to learn to sew for a long

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Omar needs eye surgery
Dwight Poage
blog image Omar is no stranger to glasses; several years ago his visual problems began and he was given a pair to help with his myopia and astigmatism. These spectacles fell victim to childhood antics, leaving the boy's eyes unaided for more than a year. Recently, thanks to the generosity of a donor, 12 year o

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Dominga
Dwight Poage
blog image Dominga is a woman in her early 40's.She has lived a life of grinding poverty.She has had 8 children ...and a husband who is an alcoholic.She has struggled for years to feed her children and Mayan Families started sponsoring the younger ones...they were the first to ever learn to read or write in th

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Young Woman in Tierra Linda
Dwight Poage
blog image Just as we were getting ready to finish for the afternoon today...I got the message about a young woman, 20 years old, who had drank poison in Tierra Linda.  She did this on Thursday ...trying to escape a situation where she had become involved with a married man...when she wanted to break off

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Sad news about Ponciana in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Sadly , I have to tell you that Ponciana passed away an hour ago. Ponciana is the woman in her late 30's, mother to 4 children....when we found her two years ago, she had a gangerous tumor on her foot...we amputated her leg above the knee...she was the happiest person to have her leg removed...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
An addition to Pocianas story, Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Thank you for your very kind words......I feel it is a privilege to have so many people let us into their lives...the people here face such extreme situations with so little....Ponciana's husband called a little while ago to say, through his tears, that Ponciana had left a message...she told hi

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Surgeon, anthropologist lead effort to bridge Western health care, indigenous cultures / UCLA
Dwight Poage
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Surgeon, anthropologist lead effort to bridge Western health care, indigenous cultures / UCLA Todayhttp://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/surgeon-anthropologist-seek-to-244574.aspx



Sunday, April 7, 2013
Help us get on the @GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Hall of Fame!
Dwight Poage
blog image Help us get on the @GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Hall of Fame! It's time to renew our Top-Rated status for 2013! We could get a trip to Silicon Valley to meet with leaders in philanthropy and technology or ad space worth $20,000! All you have to do is write a review of your experience with us! Als

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Rodolfo getting married in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Today we are celebrating the wedding of one of our staff...Rodolfo....who is 28 years old and getting married today.He has been planning his wedding for a year now.He was so nervous for the past few days I thought he would collapse but late yesterday afternoon they had the civil ceremony and today .

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Upcoming ENT and Plastics Clinic!
Dwight Poage
blog image This Sunday, a neighboring NGO will be hosting an ENT and plastic surgeon who have kindly offered to give medical aid to some of the children in our programs. They will provide the 6 kids on our list with a consultation and treatment for their varying needs. For just $30, you can help one child

Monday, April 1, 2013
Child with Cerebral Palsy just diagnosed with Hepatitis
Dwight Poage
blog image Several weeks ago we posted a few special needs kids who are in our Milk program. One of these was Maria Judith L-6, who has cerebral palsy and cannot speak, walk, use the bathroom or eat on her own. This is extremely difficult for her mother, who has two more children and is frequently si

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Baby Mario needs medicine!
Dwight Poage
blog image Today a woman came in asking help for her child. After eight days of coughing, not sleeping and crying, the baby started to choke. The mother took him to the hospital to relieve the cough. After running some tests they found the baby to have pneumonia in its right lung. Unfortunately, the mothe

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Father of two needs help
Dwight Poage
blog image Jose Eduardo was at his construction job when he fell from the second story of a building. The impact was particularly hard on his abdomen, and he was rushed to the hospital, where he received three operations on his stomach and testicles in the course of a week. Now he urgently needs to see a urolo

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Las Fotos Fundraising!
Dwight Poage
blog image Las Fotos project has been doing a fantastic job instructing some of our sponsored girls in San Jorge in the art and mechanics of photography. They interviewed and photographed the ancianas who come to eat with the Elderly Program, with the idea that their stories and photos will be part of an

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Las Fotos Fundraising!
Dwight Poage
blog image Las Fotos project has been doing a fantastic job instructing some of our sponsored girls in San Jorge in the art and mechanics of photography. They interviewed and photographed the ancianas who come to eat with the Elderly Program, with the idea that their stories and photos will be part of an

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Handing out Semana Santa Baskets
Dwight Poage
blog image Thank you so much!  I really like the expression on the email.....this was brought home to me yesterday when I looked around at some of the crowd who were waiting for their baskets.....There was Creencia who smiled and waved when she saw me...some of you will remember Creencia...who lost h

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
500 Baskets of Food to Guatemala!
Dwight Poage
blog image Well, 500 baskets of food and all the elderly received bags of food!Thank you so much to all of you for making this possible!!!Just when I was about to go to bed tonight ... around 10.30 p.m.  Gerber, the young man that we gave a micro loan to open his bakery, came by with his two younger

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Things are heating up in Guatemala!
Dwight Poage
blog image Things are heating up here in Guatemala for Semana Santa!School finished on Friday for most children...our pre schools are still open till Wednesday afternoon.Colorful carpets made of sawdust, flowers and vegetables are already appearing on the streets ....parades from the big Catholic church are no

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Sewing machines from the SEWING MACHINE PROJECT have arrived
Dwight Poage
blog image 73 machines from The SEWING MACHINE PROJECT have arrived to Mayan Families offices. It was really exciting to open the big boxes and see what was in them, machines, fabrics, and other sewing materials. Now we will be able to give out some of these machines to the women of Sololá, which gradua

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Women Empowerment Workshops
Dwight Poage
blog image Women formed by the theater group Las Poderosas under the Convention Peacebuilding in Guatemala have emerged from their own short life stories. Mayan Families Foundation was the ideal place to project four of eight short films from the CD "Returning the waves to the sea", a creative work from t

Friday, March 15, 2013
The week that was in Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Monday...There is no private foster care in Guatemala. One of the  sad moments  for me was when they told us that now that adoptions have stopped ...that many orphanages have closed. They used to have 10 different orphanages that they could choose from to send children in this area bu

Monday, March 11, 2013
Thank you for your help with the eye clinic!
Dwight Poage
blog image A few weeks ago we asked for support for an eye clinic. We had a wonderful response! Thank you so much for all of your contributions! Despite the lower-than-expected turnout (many people became scared of the prospect of surgery and didn't show up), the clinic was a success. Four of our clients atten

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Chairs delivered to a school in need in Guatemala!
Dwight Poage
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Members of the Upper Arlington and Tri Village Rotary Club of Columbus, Ohio visiting Guatemala last week. One of their gifts this week was to deliver chairs to children at a local school...who until these chairs arrived were sitting on the floor.



Sunday, March 10, 2013
Feeding and caring for the Elderly in Guatemala!
Dwight Poage
blog image Our program of feeding the elderly is an essential...so many elderly who have no one to care for them ...or their families who do not have enough to feed them...receiving a visitor from a sponsor is a complete joy for the elderly. It brightens their day and they know there is someone who cares for t

Friday, March 8, 2013
International Women's Day
Dwight Poage
blog image This morning we are having  an American woman who has worked with Women's  groups and Physical abuse against women for 20 years will be giving a talk to all the women on our staff.We hope it will be a great learning experience for them. Guatemala is ranked 116/135 countries for gender

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Family needs help to bury their father
Dwight Poage
blog image Tomasa was one of our sponsored students last year. In 2005, while fleeing her home during Hurricane Stan, she fell on a stick, causing an infection in her eye. By the time Tomasa was able to get it looked at, cancer was detected and her eye had to be removed. Since then, she has battled with the di

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It's cold!
Dwight Poage
blog image I really want to thank you for raising money to repair the house...or to anyone who is trying to raise money for house building or repairs....It has been really, really cold ....freezing for us!!!  here in Guatemala this past week. The winds have been 50-60 mph...and the cold has been a big sur

Friday, March 1, 2013
Juana needs help with her diabetes
Dwight Poage
blog image Juana is 63 years old. She lives with her husband, who has difficulty finding work because of his age, and a daughter that supports them both. Juana would like to collaborate with their financial situation, but she can't; two months ago, she lost her left foot to diabetes. And now, Juana is afraid s

Friday, March 1, 2013
New sewing group
Dwight Poage
blog image  Mothers and/or sisters of your sponsored students have iniciated the eighth sewing course in Panajachel. Thanks to your sponsor these women are able to improve their lives by learning to use a sewing machine, learn a new skill, promote the habit of saving money, and train them with live skills

Thursday, February 28, 2013
A single mother and her three kids are in danger of being homeless
Dwight Poage
blog image Maria Rosario lives with her three children in her uncle's house. She does not pay rent and the family constantly reminds her of how she does not belong there. Recently, the uncle gave his inheritance to his children, handing over the house to one of his sons. Maria Rosario is now being pressured to

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
This is the home of one of our sponsored students
Dwight Poage
blog image This is the home of one of our sponsored students. In many homes the roof is old and does not give sufficient protection from the rain....or the dust...or the spiders ...or even the dew that collects on the tin roof...so you will often see pieces of plastic or cloth above the bed in the attempt to s

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Temescal in Nahuala
Dwight Poage
blog image This is one of our sponsored families in Nahuala......in front of their traditional sauna called a Temescal. This is used for bathing. Here is a fascinating description of the history of the Temescal from Pre-Hispanic times and the Spanish reaction to it.  http://www.cyberbohemia.com/Pages/orig

Monday, February 25, 2013
UPDATE: In need of water filters!
Dwight Poage
blog image March 11, 2013: We have received one water filter for the program, one to go! Thank you so much for your kind donation!  ___________________________________________________________________________________________  Our Elderly Care program in San Jorge is due for a new water filter. Th

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Single mother has been struggling
Dwight Poage
blog image This single mother has been struggling to sell a small amount of cooked food every week at the market with money that she borrowed. She would sell the food, repay the money she borrowed and have a little left over to provide a small amount of food for her children. Through a very generous donation t

Friday, February 22, 2013
Bus injuries
Dwight Poage
blog image This family was among more than 60 people injured when a bus they were traveling in blew out a tire and turned over . This happened on the Pan American Highway above Los Encuentros earlier this week. The family had no money left to buy another ticket home, nor clothes for the children. Then they fou

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Elderly woman needs medical attention!
Dwight Poage
blog image Two weeks ago we visited Socorro in her house, where she told us of all her pain: in her stomach, her head, and the ball on the roof of her mouth that made it hard to eat or speak. We were planning on having her benefit from a Ear, Nose and Throat clinic that will be visiting in April, but the situa

Monday, February 18, 2013
Community Profiles: El Barranco
Dwight Poage
blog image El Barranco is a small agricultural community in the department of Solola, a region surrounding Lake Atitlan.It is difficult to see where the cornfield ends and the house begins.The houses are sparsely placed and made of mud; the color blends into the corn. The families who live in them are numerous

Friday, February 15, 2013
Sanitary pads to help girls stay in school
Dwight Poage
blog image No study for days, no income for days, no going out, no access to hygiene.. This happens every day to young women here in Guatemala. You can do something about that by donating some sanitary pads. Our goal is making sure that each of them can have their own washable, colorful, effective feminin

Friday, February 15, 2013
Severly malnourished boy needs medical attention for his hernia
Dwight Poage
blog image Carlos is 5 and a half years old. At 25 pounds, he is the same weight and height as a healthy 2 year old boy. He playfully walks around the office, communicating his thoughts through smiles and frowns, the language of children who have yet to master the art of speech. Poverty and hunger have stunted

Friday, February 15, 2013
Two men abandoned
Dwight Poage
blog image Two men abandoned by their own families have come into the care of ours. Mayan Families and the help of two human rights workers located an elderly man living alone on a steep cliffside. We slid down its path to Pedro's home. There was a pit outside, where he cooks over an open fire, a faucet w

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Happy Valentines Day!
Dwight Poage
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Happy Valentines Day!!!

Wishing you all lots of love and happiness on this love filled day!!!

Thank you from our hearts to yours!

 

Mayan Families

Sharon Smart-Poage
MAYAN FAMILIES

registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity



Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Socorro Guit
Dwight Poage
blog image  UPDATE March 12, 2013: Socorro received the $200 to have her medical situation amended. She was found to have a blood infection, parasites, and blood pressure. She was treated for all of these and a wound on her leg that had been infected. The doctor was unable to treat the cyst on her palate,

Friday, February 8, 2013
We need help for the eye surgery clinic!
Dwight Poage
blog image This coming Sunday, a neighboring organization will be hosting 2 eye surgeons in Camanchaj. The following week they will be performing procedures and distributing medication for 3 eye conditions: cataracts, pterygium, and strabismus. We have compiled a list of 15 Mayan Families clients that are

Friday, February 1, 2013
Wonderful news!
Dwight Poage
blog image   Alejandra Ramos Bocel (A-39) is now sponsored!   Nieves Garcia Simion (A-63) has received a bed & mattress! Gregoria (A-57) has received a bed & mattress!   Maria (A-93), Cecilia (A-46), Nieves (A-63) and Felipa (A-54)&n

Friday, February 1, 2013
Community Profiles: Chukumuk
Dwight Poage
blog image In an effort to draw attention to the issues of malnutrition Mayan Families is working to alleviate in the communities surrounding Lake Atitlan, I decided to provide clearer background information on the areas we serve:  The Story of the TormentaIn 2005, Hurricane Stan caused a landslide t

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Knitting Classes
Dwight Poage
blog image This month we have been teaching the women how to knit; with Jacky’s Jerabek wonderful volunteer help during her visit here in Guatemala, sharing her knitting skills with the women around the lake. Jacky has been here every morning during a week and a half working hard with the women from the

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Gerber needs to see a dermatologist
Dwight Poage
blog image A few months ago, Gerber started noticing strange discolorations on his face. Though confusing, he did not think much of it until he observed that the condition was spreading. With time, the white sports started appearing on his neck and chest, and recently he has found that they are now on his leg

Friday, January 18, 2013
The preschools need replacement filters
Dwight Poage
blog image Mayan Families has seven preschools around the lake. In these learning centers, children not only prepare for a prosperous career in school, but they also receive a free nutritious meal and snack every day, teaching them the importance of a balanced diet from a young age. Part of the process of rema

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Manuel is again at risk
Dwight Poage
blog image Manuel was told by the doctors that he didn't need to come in every month unless the catheter was bothering him, and we are happy to report that he hasn't been back for several months. However, recently he has been having problems, and he will be going again to the doctor to have adjustments made th

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Please help with Baby Mateo's heart operation
Dwight Poage
blog image Mateo Esau (L-133) is in the Mayan Families Milk Program, whose participants are selected on basis of a child’s risk for malnutrition, financial state, and whether a mother is able to breastfeed or not. Mateo's father works taking sand out of the river to be used in construction projects.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
General Needs
Dwight Poage
blog image We have many families that come to us with urgent needs. Most of these needs are not very expensive, but because of these families' low income, they cannot afford to take care of them themselves. Please consider helping one of the following families overcome their current difficult situation. F

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Ending 2012 with smiles
Dwight Poage
blog image The holidays were a great success! All of the orphan families received Christmas baskets, ensuring their ability to participate in the traditional Guatemalan tamale feast at midnight.Many of our orphans also received kind gifts. One donor shipped a box full of gorgeous hand-quilted blankets that the

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Some good news!
Dwight Poage
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Thanks to a generous donor and sponsor, the San Jorge Feeding Program has a new water filter to use!

 

Maria Louisa is now sponsored! Thank you so much.

 

Maria Angeles is now sponsored for one year! Thank you so much. 



Saturday, December 22, 2012
WEAVE OF HOPE
Dwight Poage
blog image Madison Women's Health and The Sewing Project at Mayan Families have been working hardly this year creating this initiative to support women in Guatemala. This Income Generating Activity is called Weave of Hope. One of the many goals of the project is to promote the economic security of the par

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Mayan Families Elderly Care Program video!
Dwight Poage
blog image The Elderly Program is in desperate need of sponsors and funding in general. Videographer Rhett Hammerton and Coordinator Megan Gette collaborated to interview and photograph several of our elderly, which resulted in two videos about the Program. One below, another to follow. Please watch! If y

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Beaded Christmas balls
Dwight Poage
blog image Handmade beaded Christmas ornaments are a fabolous gift to give just about anyone. At the Mayan Families shop you can find these Christmas ornaments and more, made by the women around the lake, that have also participated in the sewing project. These ornaments are hand-beaded with intricate geometri

Monday, December 17, 2012
'Tis the season for tamales
Dwight Poage
blog image It's not too late to spread the holiday spirit! Christmas is right around the corner, and we still have seven orphan families in need of Christmas tamale baskets. For $40, you can provide these families with the opportunity to take part in their yuletide tradition of eating tamales at midnight. Plea

Monday, December 17, 2012
New video about the Feeding Program!
Dwight Poage
blog image Videographer Rhett Hammerton made this piece on the Feeding Program. It features anciana Maria Vincenta A37, our two cooks in San Jorge, Teresa and Rosa, as well as scenes from San Jorge and the program itself. Please watch! Also, keep an eye out for another video on medical care at Mayan Families,

Monday, December 17, 2012
Even more good news!
Dwight Poage
blog image Felipe and Clemente Palax (A-40, 41) are now both sponsored for one year,and also have received a new mattress and a large basket of food!  Maria and Guatelupe Xalcut Garcia (A-55, 61) are now both sponsored, &have both received new mattresses, beds, pillows, blankets and a l

Saturday, December 15, 2012
San Jorge Clinic
Dwight Poage
blog image San Jorge, where half of the Elderly in our Feeding Care program live, is a village situated on a mountainside above Lake Atitlán. Many do not have access to clean water. They use the community pila-- a large concrete sink in the middle of town-- to wash their dishes and clothes, or

Friday, December 14, 2012
Four years I'm like this
Dwight Poage
blog image Maria Vincenta Xalcut Ramos(A-37) Status: SponsoredNeeds: food, double mattress, blankets, water filterTo help Maria and her family with any of these needs, click here.A video about the Feeding Program, featuring Maria. "This is my problem, senora, I apologize, this is my problem. I am here, in

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Maria Angeles Cojtin
Dwight Poage
blog image (A-93) Status: Maria is now sponsored for one year! Thank you!Needs: food, water filter, double mattress,UPDATE Dec 21, 2012: Maria received the gift of a blanket!To help Maria with these needs, please click here. To sponsor her at $35 a month, click here. Maria doesn't say a word during our vi

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Woven Bracelets
Dwight Poage
blog image Apolonia, from San Antonio Palopó a small village on Lake Atitlan, works making woven wristbands at home. She has now made some beautiful bracelets for Nuestros Niños. It is the first time she has actually done these bracelets with letters; she usually just works with colors, but now s

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Elderly Christmas Baskets!
Dwight Poage
blog image Bottom Right: Paulina Perez A-45 Keep in mind those who have nearly nothing this holiday season. Please scroll through the biographies--on the Elderly Care blog's right side--to read their stories and understand their many needs. Please consider making a donation on our Donate Now page. Th

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Juana needs to see a specialist!
Dwight Poage
blog image Juana (A-44) was bedridden the first time we visited, unable to get up from the bed because of vertigo and stomach pain. She said it was nothing serious, but we happened to be in the area the next week and her family flagged us down. Juana had been very sick, and her in-laws had taken her to the hos

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
We still need Christmas baskets for the orphans
Dwight Poage
blog image Josué lives with his elderly diabetic grandmother, Juana, and his unemployed aunt in one bedroom. Both of his parents are gone. When his mother died of cancer two years ago, he would not leave his father's side. Since his father's passing earlier this year of pneumonia, he has not left m

Friday, December 7, 2012
Artisans products
Dwight Poage
blog image Artisans and graduates from the sewing program are able to make these items that are also sold in their communities, although some women do travel outside of their village to sell in nearby towns, but, the cost of transportation makes it difficult for the women to access more profitable markets.&nbs

Friday, December 7, 2012
The Diabetes Club needs insulin
Dwight Poage
blog image Andres is in our Diabetes Club. Like many people that attend the meetings, he struggles with getting nutritious foods and receiving the medications his condition demands.Treating diabetes in rural Guatemala isn't as simple as going to the doctor and changing bad habits. It's not a matter of choice;

Thursday, December 6, 2012
MENDING COMMUNITIES, one sewing machine at a time.
Dwight Poage
blog image We have received 9 wonderful Bernette sewing machines from THE SEWING MACHINE PROJECT. Thank you very much for this donation! The women will be really happy to receive these. They have been looking forward to this since they have finished their sewing classes. They will be now be able to practice ev

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Heart Project
Dwight Poage
blog image Four of the graduates from the Sewing Project are working hard making beautiful lavender hearts made with typical fabric. This lavender heart is a perfect gift, when you just want to give something cute to someone and not spend much. These women started just making a few hearts, and now they’r

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Group of women from Solola are graduating
Dwight Poage
blog image This group of women from Solola has been participating in the classes since the end of May, and has finally completed the six month course. They can now manage to use the sewing machine, and make their own blouses, skirts, aprons, bags and more. They have learnt so much here and are very happy and g

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A Christmas Quest for Beds
Dwight Poage
blog image There are five children in Rufina's house. Five gleeful pitter patters of frolicking feet. Five smiling mouths drinking water from the tap. Five little angels strewn about old timber, dreaming.Guatemala has a beautiful holiday tradition called Las Posadas. On the nine evenings before Christmas, stat

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The struggle for food
Dwight Poage
blog image As a child, tantrums at mealtime were common practice. Despite our low American income, variety was never an issue. Days that held garbanzos on the menu were met with smiles, while there were fits over lentils and attempted bargains to switch fish for fettuccine  Regardless of my reaction,

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
New embroidery classes have started
Dwight Poage
blog image This new embroidery class is part of Mayan Families courses included in FUNDAMAYA. Five women have started with the classes using these donated machines. They are really excited to learn this new technique with the computer and sewing machine, as it is very new for them. They are willing to continue

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The sewing project needs more sewing machines
Dwight Poage
blog image Our recent graduates need sewing machines! These women are really glad that they have had the opportunity to participate in the sewing classes with Don Alberto and learned how to use a sewing machine, but now that they have completed the course they do not have a way to keep practicing because they

Friday, November 9, 2012
Milk Day: Monday, November 12
Dwight Poage
blog image Monday marks our monthly Milk Distribution at Mayan Families. Children will receive much needed supplements that will help them combat the effects of chronic malnutrition. All families will receive a workshop led by the Centro de Salud (Heath Center.) This month's subject is Sexually Transmitte

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Sponsor a Christmas basket
Dwight Poage
blog image The children in our Orphan Care Program are less likely to receive gifts or participate in a Christmas feast this holiday season. Most of them don't have either parent and are living with poor relatives that can hardly afford to pay for their own meals, struggling financially with the added mouths t

Monday, November 5, 2012
An Orphan Anniversary
Dwight Poage
blog image It's hard sometimes. We really need my mom, she quickly looks down, then shoots a sad smile at me. But what can you do? What can you do when you are a 20 year old orphan with three younger siblings to look after? Olga begins by getting up at 5AM. She does the wash and cooks breakfast for her br

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Disabilities, Malnutrition, Kids and Guatemala
Dwight Poage
blog image Malnutrition and Disability, Guatemala It is one thing to be poor, another to be poor and a child, another to be poor, a child and disabled.  One or a combination of these makes life’s most necessary task—eating—an insurmountable challenge. How do you fill your belly when

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Special Needs Kids Needing Sponsorship
Dwight Poage
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Link to previous post on kids, malnutrition and disabilities here:



Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Santa Claus is not coming to town
Dwight Poage
blog image The twinkling splendor in San Jorge doesn't come from Christmas lights. They are the stars and candles that illuminate Maria Cristina's activities at night. Lacking electricity, her nightly chores rely on nature and wax. Her Saint Nick is an 83-year-old arthritic man; her Christmas tree, the trunk h

Friday, October 26, 2012
Xmas Stocking Ornament
Dwight Poage
blog image The graduated woman from the sewing project, are making different items with the sewing machines. Now that Christmas season is arriving, we would like to show all of you what these women can do. This Christmas stocking is made with typical material; they can also make different sizes. If you or your

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Help an orphan family honor their beloved parents
Dwight Poage
blog image Julia rises every morning with the sun. She quickly brushes away the fatigue from her eyes; there is no time for sleepy coquetry with the alarm clock. With a determined spring in her step, she pushes away the heavy sadness that lingers from the night before, magically whips up breakfast for her fami

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Mayan Families Nutrition Program Spotlight
Dwight Poage
blog image Malnutrition, Guatemala. In the beginning, the gods were as fallible as the humans they tried to create. They were alone. There was only the sea and the sky. They aimed to make what would speak their name. Let the emptiness be filled! They said, and the earth rose. They made the animals. The anima

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Mayan Families Holiday Tamale Food Basket 2012!
Dwight Poage
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Check out the Mayan Families Holiday Tamale Food Basket 2012 newsletter

Please read, post, Like and Share anywhere you can think of! Thank you, Feliz Navidad and Happy Holidays!



Friday, October 12, 2012
The new group has started the sewing classes!
Dwight Poage
blog image Our sponsored mothers have iniciated the sewing classes in Panajachel. Thanks to your sponsor these women are able to improve their lives by learning to use a sewing machine, learn a new skill, promote the habit of saving money, and train them with live skills. These mothers are really enthusiastic

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Sewing Project
Dwight Poage
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This is our new Sewing Project Blog, where you will be able to keep track of our latest news and updates within this project.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011
New Mayan Families Orphan Program Blog!
Dwight Poage
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This is a New Blog for the Mayan Families orphan care program.

Mayan Families now has numerous orphans that we work with. We are trying to keep them going by using extended family networks within their communities.



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