In Guatemala, Christmas is celebrated in humble fashion; a dinner of tamales with family and close friends. However, for a struggling Guatemalan family, even purchasing and preparing this traditional dinner can be outside of their reach.
The joy of receiving a gift is an even less realistic expectation for many of the wonderful people we work with-many of whom have never received an education and cannot depend on steady work.
Mayan Families would like to offer you the opportunity to provide the gift of feeling specialand loved to a person in great need. Please join us in helping boost the spirits of a person in need, and consider giving a gift from the following options:
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 to carry on our projects, begin new ones, and provide scholarships for students that would otherwise have no access to education.
See some of their amazing stories below...
Gladys Elizabeth (1031) and Keder Samuel (1962) are both moving onto the 2nd Grade in 2014.
We are so proud of them for this achievement as so many indigenous children fail the 1st grade due to a lack of language skills and understanding of the system.
This is often made more difficult as most indigenous parents having very little education themselves.
Both Gladys and Keder are seeking new sponsors for 2014.
Luis Andres (2706) whose parents did not study beyond the 3rd Grade, is graduating from High School this year.
He is interning in our health clinic to gain experience in the medical field before he starts Medical School next year.
Your generosity gives Luis thetools to lift himself and his family out of poverty while developing vital skills to continue to support his community.
Sandra (346) is finishing up Graduate School where she is studying Social Work.
She has been in our Student Sponsorship Program since she was five years old.
We are so proud of her perseverance throughout the years and her hard work as head of our Education Department.
Your commitment to the education of our students has given Sandra the ability to create sustainable change in her community.
As we prepare for the 2014 school year beginning in January, we ask that you join us in our efforts to affect the type of change that has lasting impacts and can make generational differences by sponsoring a student.
Help us continue to reach students like Luis and Sandra whose families have difficulties providing the basic necessities of life, such as education, which so many of us take for granted. Your gift of education will empower students like them to pursue a better life.
Please click here to see some of our students in need of sponsorship.
There are many students in our program; eager to learn. They are waiting for your indispensable support.
Your gift of education helps:
Empower youth to eradicate illiteracy and lead their communities out of poverty by offering them the gift of education
Bridge the gender gap in literacy by giving a young girl the opportunity to receive a quality education
Combat chronic malnutrition that plagues indigenous children by sponsoring them to attend a Mayan Families Preschool Nutritional Center
Sponsorship fees for the 2014 school year (January-October) are as follows:
COST PER MONTH
COST PER YEAR
PreK - 12th Grade
PreK - 12th Grade
Co-sponsorship means that sponsorship is shared between individuals or groups. Mayan Families actively looks for a co-sponsor. You are not obligated to find another sponsor; however any assistance is always appreciated. If you know someone that would like to share sponsorship with you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PAYMENTS
Due to some launch issues through our new website we would ask that you make your payment using the old website method at www.mayanfamilies.net so that we can ensure that your payment goes through as quickly and effectively as possible.
Thank you for your patience and continual support during this transition time.
If you have trouble making a donation on our website, please call (619) 550-2608. We will be happy to assist you over the phone Monday through Friday 9-5 MST.
You may also choose to send your Student Sponsorship donation in the form of a check. Please make it payable to "Mayan Families" and send to:
P.O. Box 52
Claremont, N.C. 28610
*Please be sure to include your student's number on the check
We truly could not have done any of this without you.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Do you know someone that might want to sponsor a child? Please help spread the word by passing on this e-mail to friends and family. Feel free to also share on social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for your support...it is greatly appreciated!
¨If you can´t feed a hundred people, then just feed one¨
Mother Theresa, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, 1979
Greetings from Guatemala! A place where tradition can bring hope and joy, especially during the holiday season. The practice of "Tamales at Christmas" grew from the Mayan tradition of tamales as a special and festive symbol as early as 1200 BC. Sadly, many of our families cannot afford the ingredients for tamales so each year Mayan Families distributes Tamale Food Baskets to our impoverished families so they could celebrate the holidays...
Since 2006 we have distributed over 8,700 Tamale Baskets!
With your support, you can help make this holiday season a time of joy for our families with the following gifts:
A Traditional Tamale Basket to feed 10 people
a whole chicken
oil & rice
a block of drinking chocolate (it is traditional to drink hot chocolate with the tamales at midnight)
vegetables & fruit
sugar & fortified cereal
black beans & pasta
a packet of Christmas cookies.
Reusable plastic basket
A Holiday Food Bag for an elderly person
a small block of chocolate
a small packet of cookies
beans and corn
A General Donation to our Christmas Fund
Make a donation of your choosing to our General Christmas Fund.
This will allow is to supportmany more families during this important festive time withfood, gifts and support.
Happy Thanksgiving, Feliz Dia de Acción de Gracias from Mayan Families!
You are amazing!
Thank you for what you have helped us to accomplish this year!
Thank you for the food to feed the elderly, the children, the babies...the families who were hungry and had nothing to eat.
Thank you for the shoes that children now have to wear on their feet, warm clothes, blankets to keep them warm at this very chilly time of the year.
Right now there is very cold weather in Guatemala...some of our families live in flimsy, ramshackle houses...the wind is rushing through...but thanks to so many of you..there are also families who have strong, safe houses to live in. They have warm beds and blankets...where before they were sleeping on dirt floors.
Many of our students have graduated this year....this would have been an impossible dream for them without your help.
Others hope to go to school next year...and you are making this a reality.
There are people who owe their lives to the medical care you have provided...and there are many more who are living healthier lives because of their access to medical care, clean water and stoves that you have given.
Micro loans have helped many get a hand up this year...starting their own businesses or increasing an existing business..helping them to succeed a little more to support their families.
Thank you on behalf of all the newborn babies, children, women and men in Guatemala that you have helped ..thanks for all the joy, the hugs, the smiles, the gifts, the help and the hope you have given!
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to you and your family from our all of us at Mayan Families.
p.s. We now have a new website and it has been experiencing a few "glitches". If you would find it easier to donate through our old website...you can access the old website which is still functioning at www.mayanfamilies.net.
Please don't forget to get your orders in for Tamale baskets for your sponsored student or for any family in need to celebrate Navidad! Just $40 to give a food basket that will feed a family of 10 or more.
We are a 501.c.3 non-profit working to bring aid to the indigenous Mayan communities surrounding Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. We work on projects in community development, education, and disaster relief -- see a complete list of programs at MayanFamilies.org