From House to Home

The dire economic situation of many families in rural Guatemala force them to live in precarious circumstances. Many homes are at high risk of flooding or landslides, and many families live in remote rural areas that lack basic necessities like running water, drainage, or electricity.

How We Make a House a Home

We identify a family as a critical case if they fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • 3+ children in the house
  • 1 or more member of the family has a terminal illness
  • The family has no land at all and are in an eviction situation
  • There is an absence of one or both parents
  • Their safety is at imminent risk
  • They have lost their house/property in a natural disaster or due to a mortgage

We can assess the living situation of your sponsored student/family and determine their construction needs, which can range from:

  • Designing and building complete houses (1-4 rooms)
  • Basic home repairs
  • Connecting roper sanitation: installation of latrines, septic tanks, and showers
  • Facilitating access to basic utilities 
  • Helping families navigate legal land acquisition  

We use the highest quality materials possible that will withstand seismic activity and other natural disasters. Every case is considered on an individual basis, examining the specific requirements for each family. Since many of the families we help live in extreme poverty, families are active participants in the construction process, rather than requiring a monetary obligation.

Get Involved

If you would like us to organize a visit to assess your sponsored student’s construction need or would like to know more, please contact If you would like to donate to the General Shelter Fund, click here. 



Mayan Families is an accredited 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization.




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