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Mayan Families

Mayan Families provides opportunities and assistance to the indigenous and impoverished people of Guatemala, through education and community development programs.

Children, Disaster Relief, Education, Environment, Health, Poverty, Microfinance, Food & Agriculture


Date Founded: 2005
Number of Staff: 55

Description of Services:
We aim to fulfill our mission through the following programs:
Education: Student Scholarships and General School within communities;
Community Programs: Family Aid, Food and Milk, Hope for the Animals, Medical Aid, Fuel Efficient Stoves, Potable Water Filters, Christmas, Chickens Program and mote!
Construction: Building schools, homes and other construction and repairs as required
We began our work in Guatemala in 2005, but obtained our 501.c.3 status in 2007 from the IRS in the United States.
Accomplishments & Progress:
As of April-2011 Mayan Families has opened up and is running 6 Preschools - Feeding Programs for impoverished children! We have opened up a Junior High School in Tierra Linda and numerous other school projects in the highlands of Guatemlala! In 2008 Mayan Families assisted over 800 students to access primary/secondary and post secondary education, and in 2009 we had over one thousand eager students sponsored. In 2011 we are at over 1,800 students sponsored!
This is only a very small - partial list of the numerous major accomplishments of Mayan Families over the years.

Financial Information   Verified
Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue: $1,552,473 $1,169,302 $941,479
        Program Services Expenses: $1,145,494
(76% of total)
(70% of total)
(74% of total)
        Management & General Expenses: $351,355
(23% of total)
(30% of total)
(26% of total)
        Fundraising Expenses: $8,481
(1% of total)
(0% of total)
(0% of total)
        Total Expenses: $1,505,330 $1,264,941 $793,377

Additional Background Information: Mayan Families Student Sponsorship Program has over 1,800 Indigenous Students going to school. These children would not be able to afford to go without Sponsorship. Local Partners: Indigenous Womens Groups from El Barranco, Tierra Linda, San Jorge la Laguna and many other villages. Additional Affiliations: Rotary International and ShelterBox.org

Dwight Poage
President Phone: 619-550-2608
Development Director:
Sharon Smart-Poage
General Manager
Phone: 619-550-2608
Volunteer Coordinator:
Hannah LaPalombara
Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 619-550-2608
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:
Bryan Bagnas
Elizabeth Bagnas
Kathe Larick
Susan Wave Clausius
Jeff Larick

PO Box 653
Tewksbury , MA 01876
United States
Phone: 619-550-2608
Web: http://www.mayanfamilies.org

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