Thank you for your
continued support and partnership with Mayan Families. 2014 has begun
busier than ever and we're eager to share all the exciting things going
on in our remote little corner of the world.
After an incredible
Christmas of giving and some fabulous Valentine´s Day wishes we are now
already starting to prepare for Semana Santa (Holy Week) - one of the
most important weeks in the Guatemalan festive calendar. We
ask that you please consider giving a food basket to a family in need.
Many of the families we work with do not have enough money to purchase
even the most basic of foods to celebrate this holiday in Guatemala.
Take a look at the links below and other important events taking place at Mayan Families this month.
Traditionally, on Santos
Jueves (Holy Thursday), families gather together to eat sweet bread and
drink hot chocolate for breakfast. A typical lunch of white beans and
chicken follows. On Good Friday, it is a tradition for families to eat
green beans, carrots, and fish.
Your food basket
donation can make the difference between another week of hunger, and the
joyous celebration of an important holiday. Any donation you can send
will help to relieve the crushing poverty that these children and
This year, the
traditional sweet bread is being produced from a bakery that is run by a
family of orphans. This family received a Micro Loan from Mayan
Families to open their own bakery and we are very happy to be able to
help support them with and see their growing progress.
If you would like to give a basket of food to your sponsored student, or any family in great need simply go to Send a Gift and either enter your student´s number or write ¨for the family with the greatest need¨ in the notes section
Follow one of our many Critical Cases from our Shelter Program
Have you ever gone to
sleep fearing that you could be evicted from your home by the upcoming
sunrise? For many of our families this is a daily reality. From lack of
land ownership, precarious living conditions and lack of basic
sanitation we have compiled a list of some of our most critical cases
from our Shelter Program.
We were fortunate enough to have volunteers from the Adelphi College of Nursing and Public Health visit us in January.
These ten eager young women enjoyed a whirlwind week of new and
exciting experiences including installing fuel-efficient stoves as well
as working on two medical projects with our preschool kids and elderly
When illness strikes a family member, the financial and emotional demands placed on the family are overwhelming under any circumstances. But in Jose Garcia-Bajan's family (FA 47), five of the family members have been diagnosed and the oldest daughter has already died from a fatal illness.
(A0058) and her 45-year-old daughter Juana (A0069) have crippling
rheumatoid arthritis that keeps them in constant pain and unable to work
and support themselves. They have one room where they share a bed which
is a piece of wood covered with foam. Istaislada (A0058) is in
desperate need of sponsorship for our Elderly Care Feeding Program to ensure that she can receive a hot meal at least once a day.
Student in need of Sponsorship: Yenifer Julissa (1377)
Yenifer is a bright
and bubbly 3rd Grader whose favorite class is language and
communication. Already, she has a higher level of education than her
father who only studied until the 2nd Grade and her mother who never
went to school at all. With her family earning less that $3/day a
student sponsorship will ensure that she can continue her studies and be
the first in her family to have a chance to rise out of poverty and
create a sustainable future for her family.
We want to thank everyone who donated so that Myra could receive
the medical attention she so desperately needed for her severe
malnutrition. Fortunately, Myra and her mother are now in a Nutritional
Recovery Center in Quetzaltenango where Myra is being monitored and
cared for. If you would like to make a donation
so that we can help other malnourished babies and prevent severe
malnutrition cases similar to Myra's, please donate to our Well Mother
Well Baby Program.
Please note that if
you are one of our many donors who like to send us checks we have
changed postal addresses for the USA! the new address is:
PO Box 653
Tewksbury, MA 01876
United States of America
Don´t be concerned if
you have a check that has been sent to our old address. These will be
automatically forwarded to our new address. Any concerns or question
please contact email@example.com
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