#1137 Juanita (12 years old) is
just one co-sponsor away from being able to attend school. Juanita has
been a sponsored child for the past three years but recently her parents
came in to let us know they were pulling her out of school as it was
just too expensive. Juanita needs to attend a special needs school
as she has learning difficulties and had to repeat the first grade
three times. The children pick on her in school, and she finds it very
hard to concentrate and participate in class. Co-sponsorship for Juana
costs only $15 per month or $180 per year. Please consider giving Juanita the gift of education. If you are interested please email us.
Sponsor an Anciana
A-54 Felipa Ramos
lives alone after losing her husband of 40 years. Her children have no
financial means to help her, and she often eats only one meal a day at
the Feeding Program. She can't work to help herself because of her
medical issues, having suffered a brain hemorrhage last year. She does not have a water filter, stove, or a mattress on her bed. Please consider making a difference to her life by sponsoring her at $35 a month, or by donating for some of her needs. If you are interested, please email us.
to the Mayan Families April/May 2013 Newsletter. We hope you enjoy
reading about our recent activities, and ways you can get involved and
Muchas Gracias for the 'Día de la Madre' Gifts
Families Honor their Mothers with Your Gifts of Food
May 10th, Mayan Families celebrated Mother's Day with the beloved
mothers around Lake Atitlan. Thanks to generous donations from our
sponsors, 345 food baskets were delivered to
underprivileged families that otherwise would not have been able to
honor the important women in their lives with a proper meal. The baskets
contained enough food to feed a family of ten, and included essential
ingredients for preparing everyday traditional local recipes. Thank you for helping make this a memorable holiday!
If you wanted to donate but were unable to do so, Father's Day is just around the corner on June 17th.
You still have the chance to provide a loving family meal and give the
students a chance to celebrate the struggling dads' in rural Guatemala.
Order a basket here and enter$40 in Community Aid and 'Father's Day Basket' in the Details section.
Physical Therapy Clinic Creates Miracle
Paraplegic Man Learns to Fly!
When Dave and Leiann Scee
began volunteering at Mayan Families in February, the physical therapy
clinic consisted of an empty room full of donated medical supplies.
Within a few days they assembled a fully functioning clinic, and four
months later they have treated over 250 patients.
Carlos, a paraplegic patient, came into the clinic in a wheelchair after being paralyzed from the waist down
by an electrical accident. After several biweekly appointments, Carlos
stood up for the first time in six years and, with the assistance of old
leg braces and a homemade pair of
forearm crutches, he began to walk around the clinic. With enough
practice and work, Carlos will be able to realize his dream of living
independently and playing sports again with his son one day. Dave
and Leiann took Carlos paragliding over Lake Atitlan. Flying over his
hometown while he is just learning to walk again was an incredible
experience. During their time
here, Dave and Leiann helped many other patients like Carlos overcome
obstacles they never thought possible. Thank you!
'Vitamin Angels' Trains Indigenous Staff on Distribution
Our Teachers Become Empowered With New Skills and Knowledge
week Vitamin Angels, our partners who provide Vitamin A, prenatal and
multivitamins to participants in our Milk Program and Preschool
Nutrition Centers, trained our teachers and coordinators over two days
on how to effectively distribute these essential Vitamins.
A deficiency is a severe global health problem, particularly in
developing countries like Guatemala where diets are rarely varied and
can lead to cognitive and physical problems.
successfully completed the training with competency performances and are
now able to lead the next Vitamin A distribution in their communities.
Many thanks to Eva and Ada from Vitamin Angels, and Sergio who
translated the training!
Ready To Help?
Spread The Word
We are so grateful for everything you have done and contributed. We couldn't have done this without you. However,
we still need more help with student sponsorship, family aid, our
nutrition program and other projects that better the lives of those we
work to protect. Here's how you can help.Share this newsletter on your Facebook or other social media tool. Forward this to your friends, they would love to hear from you. Mention our causes next time you are among influential people. Group together with relatives and friends to donate to one of our funds. Come visit us in Guatemala and create a project you, and above all those you help, will never forget.
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
We could use your skills and expertise, whether you're in Guatemala or at your own home! Check out our listings here or email us.
Read more about individual projects on our dedicated blogs:
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