Greetings! Mother's Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices that all mothers make in pursuit of a better future for their children.
We, at Mayan Families, invite you to celebrate the invaluable work of the hundreds of Mayan mothers that we work with every day.
While mothers in the developed world enjoy breakfast in bed and homemade cards, Mayan women face the daily challenge of providing their families with the most basic need of all: food.
The mothers involved in Mayan Families' Programs are extraordinary people!
Their dedication to their families is truly remarkable. They live in extreme poverty, but instead of giving in to desperation, they wake up at the break of dawn, to look for work, washing clothing by hand, collecting firewood or making tortillas. They live in small and uncomfortable homes and often cook meals over an open fire, washing all clothes by hand, and carrying a baby on their back while trying to find enough food to feed their children.
Many mothers who did not have the opportunity to go to school have told us that they do not want their children to have to suffer the same difficulties they have had to endure due to their lack of education. They make enormous sacrifices to keep their children in school. Their tireless perseverance in the face of such dire circumstances is truly inspiring.
As with all mothers, they are truly the heart and soul of their family.
Please make a difference to a Mayan mother on Mother's Day and provide her entire family with a Mother's Day Food Basket. This gift would give a Mayan Mother a much-deserved break from her daily routine and a chance for her family to celebrate her amazing work.
We have many orphaned children in our Orphan Care program who are living with extended family. Mother's Day is a particularly difficult day for them. Please think about giving a basket of food to an orphaned family. It will make this difficult day a lot brighter for them, knowing there is someone who cares about them.
The basket the food comes in is made of plastic and will be used afterwards by the family to stack and wash dishes, hold food etc. The food items will include: Chicken, Fruits, Vegetables, Oil, Rice, beans, corn or vitamin enriched cereal.
Click hereto donate a Dia de la Madre food basket for $35 that will feed approximately 10 people.
For the elderly mothers/grandmothers in our Elder care program: many of them live alone and do not have enough to eat. For just $10, you can send them a small bag of food that will bring a lot of happiness and relief to them.
2012 Star Mothers:
Our 'Star Mothers' are mothers that we feel are exceptional or have exceptional need. These women have stayed strong in the face of poverty, degradation, and injustice. They are the heart of every Mayan Family, and it brings us great joy to be able to share their stories, which so often go untold.
Marta (mother of #2302) - scrapes food, Chukmuk
Marta is mother to student #2302 Rosa Lidia, #2416 Marta, and three others. Her family's home was given to her after her hometown, Panabaj, was destroyed in 2005's Hurricane Stan. The devastating landslides that destroyed Panabaj left families reeling from loss of property, employment, family members and friends. The residents of Panabaj lived in emergency shelters (tents) for several years before the Guatemalan government built them a new community in nearby Chukmuk. Now, Marta has a home in Chukmuk to shelter her family, but no steady work and nowhere to cultivate food. Upon entering her home, it becomes clear how desperate her situation is. There are four walls, but no viable furniture-the beds are rickety and have no mattress, there is no water filter to purify the children's drinking water, there is no wardrobe to store clothing. Marta actually volunteers at the Mayan Families Preschool in Chukmuk in order to scrape food scraps from the children's plates after they have eaten. She brings this food home to share with her children.
Please help Marta care for family this Mother's Day, with the gift of a bed and mattress ($170) or a 100 lb bag of corn ($50). or a basket of food. ($35)
Dominga (mother of #41) - has curable cancer!
Dominga, mother of seven, does not know how to read or write. For many years, she has been very sick and never knew the cause of her illness. It appeared that she was suffering from anemia. When Mayan Families first became aware of her sickness, she was sent to the doctor to determine the diagnosis. Sadly, it was discovered that she has a cancerous tumor in her stomach. Fortunately, doctors believe that her cancer is curable! Right now, Dominga needs a series of more in-depth testing to determine her course of treatment. To begin testing, Dominga is still in need of $334. If you are able to help Dominga begin her cancer treatment, please go to Donate Now and scroll down. Enter your donation in the Other $ box. In the Details box, write #41 Medical.
This is Dominga!
It is just $35 to feed a family of 10 .... The need for food continues this year. If you would like to help a family but can't afford the whole amount..you can make a donation of any amount to put towards a basket for a family in need who may not otherwise have food for Mother's Day.
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