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Mayan Families

  • Santee, CA
  • www.mayanfamilies.org

Mission Statement

Mayan Families' mission is to facilitate sustainable development programs in impoverished communities throughout the Lake Atitlán region of rural Guatemala through education and community development programs.

Main Programs

  1. Student Sponsorship
  2. Preschool Nutrition Centers
  3. Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic
  4. Well Mother Well Baby
  5. Social Entrepreneurship - Trade Schools and Microloans
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Mayan Families is based in Panajachel, Department, Solola, Guatemala and works with indigenous families, focusing on programs and services for impoverished women, men, children and the elderly. Services are offered in numerous indigenous languages as well as Spanish. Programs and services include elementary, middle and high school sponsorships, emergency food, clothing and medical services, veterinary services for stray dogs and cats, free preschools, community centers and feeding programs for the elderly.

ruling year

2007

President

Self-reported

Mr. Dwight Poage

Keywords

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Guatemala, Mayan, Indigineous, Maya, Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Chichicastenengo, San Jorge la Laguna, Tierra Linda, San Antonio Palopo, San Andres, Santa Catarina, International, Student Sponsorship, Micro Finance, Micro Loans, Chickens, Medical, Dental, Animal, Animal Welfare, Hope for the Animals, Dental, Vision, Veterinarian, Americas, Central America, Animal Welfare, Student Sponsorhsips, Volunteer, Spanish, Water Filters, Environmental Issues

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EIN

20-8433997

 Number

1935346966

Physical Address

2609 Hartford St.

San Diego, CA 92110 2315

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2016

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Student Sponsorship

Guatemala has one of the highest illiteracy and lowest school enrollment rates in Latin America, primarily due to the high cost of attending school which prevents many indigenous families from receiving an education.  Approximately 30% of all Guatemalan adults over 15 cannot read or write, and only 22% of children who complete the sixth grade move on to the Junior High Level. Receiving an education is one of the most significant ways a child can improve the standard of living for themselves and their families.  

The Student Sponsorship Program, established in 2005, is dedicated in loving memory of Dr. Bettyjane Poage and the many other amazing teachers who have touched our lives.  Sponsorship dues for students in preschool to 12th grade is $360 a year, with university sponsorship totaling $1,350 per year.   These sponsorships provide students with the tools to succeed in their education and break the cycle of poverty; including  school supplies, access to physical and mental health services,  as well as regular academic support by an indigenous social worker, and additional tutoring as needed.

For more information about the Student Sponsorship Program please visit: https://www.mayanfamilies.org/page/studentsponsorship

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Preschool Nutrition Centers

For our youngest students, Mayan Families Preschool Nutrition Centers (PNCs) lay the foundations that foster future success.  In 2015, Mayan Families operated six centers around Lake Atitlan, all of which focused on four primary pillars: early childhood numeracy and literacy, parental education, nutritional support, and bilingual fluency.  As over 80% of children who enter the PNCs are chronically malnourished; our comprehensive approach includes a nutritious meal, snack, and multivitamins during the school term.

Most families in this region speak indigenous languages, meaning many children grow up speaking no Spanish. Primary schools are taught in Spanish, and as a result, many students drop out simply because they cannot understand their teacher.  Our Preschool Nutrition Center students enter first grade better prepared than their peers, passing at a higher rate than the national average.

For more information about the Preschool Nutrition Centers please visit:  https://www.mayanfamilies.org/page/nutritioncenters

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

Program 3

Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic

Guatemala's healthcare sector is chronically underfunded and relies heavily on nonprofit organizations to fill gaps in coverage. Health issues such as diabetes, chronic malnutrition, and maternal mortality are common, and without reliable preventative health providers many of these issues go unaddressed.

For many indigenous families, Mayan Families is the only access point to affordable, quality health care. The Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic provides preventive and primary health care through both medical care and education, facilitated using an intercultural health model. In 2015, the clinic was renovated, turning what was a room of medicines into a fully functioning clinic with two consult rooms, bathrooms, and a pharmacy. To facilitate the increased patient intake in the clinic, a traditional midwife, nurse, and additional medical coordinators were hired.

For more information about the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic please visit: https://www.mayanfamilies.org/page/medicalclinic

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Well Mother Well Baby

Well Mother, Well Baby provide mothers with the resources to bring their infants from a state of chronic malnutrition to a doctor approved state of nutrition over an eight-month long intervention period. The program currently provides twenty-nine mothers and their undernourished children with emergency nutritional aid, regular access to medical professionals, and bi-weekly educational workshops on nutrition and hygiene for eight months.  

The workshops on nutrition, health, and hygiene are led by Mayan Families indigenous female social workers at Mayan Families headquarters in Panajachel. WMWB empowers these women to counteract malnutrition beyond this intervention, and bring their knowledge back to their families and communities.

For more information on the Well Mother Well Baby program please visit: https://www.mayanfamilies.org/page/WellMotherWellBabyProgram

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 5

Social Entrepreneurship - Trade Schools and Microloans

In the communities where Mayan Families works, economic opportunities are scarce and many lack the skillset to be able to earn a fair and reliable wage. The Mayan Families Trade Schools equip men and women with skills in four areas: sewing, carpentry, welding, and computers.

The Microloans Program provides indigenous women with the capacity to lift themselves out of poverty, through the disbursal of microcredit, to be invested in a profitable enterprise. These micro-enterprises enable women to invest in their livelihoods and thus pave a brighter future for families in seven different communities around Lake Atitlán.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), Indigenous people

Connected to a Program?
Student Sponsorship
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Through our support, 65 students achieved their high school diploma this year! An incredible feat, considering that the average years of schooling for indigenous youth is 3.5 years.

2. Number of children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

Target Population
Infants to preschool (under age 5), Indigenous people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In 2015, Mayan Families operated 7 Preschool Nutrition Centers and 450 indigenous children attended and obtained early numeracy and literacy skills.

3. Number of students enrolled

Target Population
Females, Males, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Student Sponsorship
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
These students were provided with the tools to succeed in education, from preschool to university, through school enrollment, supplies, primary health care and close monitoring by a social worker.

4. Number of family members participating in school activities

Target Population
Adults, Parents, Indigenous people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In our Preschool Nutrition Centers, families participate in educational workshops on topics like: study support, health and nutrition.

5. Number of clients who complete job skills training

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), Indigenous people, Minorities

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In 2015, 333 young men and women learned new skills in our vocational schools! These schools empower indigenous youth with skills in sewing, carpentry, welding and beauty.

6. Number of loans issued

Target Population
Females, Indigenous people, People of Latin American descent

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Our micro-finance program empowered 344 indigenous Maya women through the distribution of microloans and creation of micro-enterprises in various areas including textiles, small stores, food vending.

7. Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

Target Population
Indigenous people, People with intellectual disabilities, People with physical disabilities

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Mayan Families provides children with special needs with access to quality health care, nutrition and social support to ensure optimal development.

8. Number of students receiving information on HIV/AIDS and STDs

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), Indigenous people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In our Ojos Abiertos program, 558 Maya female and male youth participated in educational workshops on sexual and reproductive health.

9. Number of clients served

Target Population
Indigenous people, Minorities

Connected to a Program?
Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Mayan Families provides access to education, food security and nutrition, healthcare and shelter to approximately 10 000 indigenous children, youth, adults and elderly in the Lake Atitlan region.

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Educate, Feed, Shelter and Heal. These are the four cornerstones of Mayan Families! We believe in a 360-degree approach to combating poverty on a generational scale! Guatemala is the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It has the fourth worst rate of childhood Malnutrition in the World! We sponsor thousands of students to go to school and get an education, from Pre-K through University! An Education is essential to getting and staying out of poverty! You also have to have basic food, access to basic shelter and medical care!
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We are Fundraising and getting Sponsors for over 2,500 students through our web site and Social Networking.
    Help form Indigenous Women's groups to assist us in getting the needs of the village met through Micro-credit and other programs that the Women's group indicated they want.
    Install household portable Water Filters to improve overall access to clean potable drinking water.
    Install Onil Fuel Efficient stoves that reduce deforestation by 70% over open pit 3 rock cook fires.

    Coordinate and promote on our web site and through University contacts medical teams, specialized surgical teams, dental teams, vision teams and veterinary teams, enabling access to health education and treatment.

    Construction of local village education centers, schools and homes to support and strengthen the indigenous communities.
    Rotary helped us equip the Trade School here in Panajachel.
    We are actively looking for funding and or grants to support our Monthly Sp
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Over 80% of our staff is Indigenous Mayan and speak both Kaqchikel and Quiche. Our staff has decade of experience working in Guatemala.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We measure heights and weights of the over 400 plus children ages three to five years of age, at the seven Pre-school - feeding program that Mayan Families operates in rural Guatemala. We use this data to target the most at risk and malnourished children.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have seen the impact in thousands of children who have benefited from the nutrition program with increase in body mass, weight, musculature and increased height. They oral health has improved also with fewer having rotten teeth, oral hygiene issues etc.The public schools administrators and teachers have noted how are students are so much better at scholastic activities that there peers in the same age groups and grades.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Mayan Families is based in Panajachel, Department, Solola, Guatemala and works with indigenous families, focusing on programs and services for impoverished women, men, children and the elderly. Services are offered in numerous indigenous languages as well as Spanish. Programs and services include elementary, middle and high school sponsorships, emergency food, clothing and medical services, veterinary services for stray dogs and cats, free preschools, community centers and feeding programs for the elderly.

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MAYAN FAMILIES
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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Mayan Families

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President

Mr. Dwight Poage

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Mayan Families is a unique organization that gets projects accomplished. We offer a diverse selection of programs because we believe in the 360 degree approach to helping families get a hand up in life through education, clean potable water, environmental issues, construction, animal welfare and more."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bryan Bagnas

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Term: Oct 2010 - Sept 2013

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