Shelter Program

The Mayan Families Shelter Program was established to improve the living standards of low-income families living in the highlands of Guatemala. Our main aim is to support those families enrolled in our Family Aid or Student Sponsorship program who are living in precarious or dangerous situations.  

The current housing deficit in Guatemala stands at over 1.8 million houses (Foguavi, 2014). Many families lack the resources to attain land and are forced to use the majority of their income to pay inflated rent prices.  The limited land available to purchase, is often not appropriate for construction either due to the topography or high susceptibility of natural disasters. We believe home ownership can help lift families out of poverty by reducing the financial strain of monthly payments. Having a secure, stable place to live in makes a huge difference for children, giving them the opportunity to learn and grow in a healthy environment.

Our primary goal is to facilitate access to adequate, safe and suitable housing that will provide families with long term security.  We also work alongside communities to improve availability of communal infrastructure and utilities.

We have achieved this for hundreds of families through:

  • Implementing professional architectural plans that meet the specific needs of each family or community
  • Employing local labor teams to build low cost houses and community infrastructure
  • Complete housing reparations to sustain and improve existing buildings
  • Facilitate the access to basic utilities such as water, drainage and electricity
  • Partnership with our trade school programs to provide employment opportunities to students
  • Assist in the legal process of land acquisition
  • Provide technical advice on building practices and support on payment and debt management

The three main areas of our Shelter Program include are: 

  • Construction & Critical Cases 
  • Community Development 
  • Natural Building Workshops

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



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