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Mayan Families
December 2012
In This Issue
Student In Need of Co-Sponsorship
Mayan Families Elderly Care Program
The McFayden Family's Christmas
Mayan Families Sewing Class Graduates!
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Student In Need of 

Sergio David, #1886, from San Andres is in need of  

co-sponsorship for the 2013 school year, where he will be going into first grade. 

Co-Sponsorship is available for $15 a month, ($180 per year). Please click here to co-sponsor Sergio David, specifying his student number, #1886!  

 Mayan Families Elderly Care
Mayan Families Elderly Care ProgramVideographer Rhett Hammerton has collaborated with Mayan Families' Elderly Feeding Program to produce a short video featuring anciana Maria Vincenta, A-37, our two cooks in San Jorge, Teresa and Rosa, as well as scenes from San Jorge and the program itself. Please watch and consider donating to ensure that the program stays afloat!  
Mayan Families Clinic Reaches Milestone!
 The MF clinic, located in Panajachel, has seen more than 1,000 patients since the move to our new location less than four months ago. Most of these patients came to the clinic for daily consultations or for consultations as a part of the Diabetes Club. Thank you for all the donations that allow our community members to receive free medical care and check ups when needed!

Happy Holidays from Mayan Families!

A big thanks at the start of the holiday season from Mayan Families
A big thanks at the start of the holiday season from Mayan Families

This year has brought a lot of growth and change here at Mayan Families. We've moved to a larger office, opened a seventh Preschool Nutritional Center, and added over 500 new students to the School Sponsorship Program, all of which we couldn't have done without your help! As the end of the year reaches near, as well as the Bak'tun, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters and sponsors for making this year so special.  


 From all of the Mayan Families staff here in Guatemala, we sincerely wish you a festive holiday season, and all the best for 2013!

The McFadyen Family Celebrates Christmas in Guatemala!

It was nearly one year ago, on Christmas night, that my husband, Jay, and I discussed the possibility of Reinventing Christmas for our family of six. We were feeling overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle that had brought us to that day, and we were uncertain that our children (Juliana, 14, Kendra, 12, Luke 9, Will, 8) understood how truly blessed they each were.  Party in jest, I told Jay that "we should go to Pana next year" and, when he nodded in agreement, my heart nearly burst.  It wasn't until May of this year that we made the final decision, together with our children, to spend two weeks in Guatemala.


In lieu of Christmas gifts from grandparents, aunts/uncles, and Godparents, we kindly asked for contributions to the tamale basket program. Hoping for enough funds to cover 50 baskets, we were overjoyed as the numbers kept climbing and climbing and eventually reached 148. As you all know, that number of baskets will likely feed nearly 1500 lovely people on Christmas Eve. I am so proud that our children didn't hesitate when asked to sacrifice the only kind of Christmas that they had ever known.


We arrived on Sunday and have assisted with Christmas parties in El Barranco and San Jorge La Laguna, along with visiting our sponsored students and ancianos and providing them with gifts of new water filters, tables, beds, mattresses, pillows, blankets, corn, beans and eggs. And, yesterday afternoon and today, we have enjoyed assembling and distributing tamale baskets to hundreds of waiting families. Our only sadness is that our 148 baskets will not be a surplus this year. There will likely be families who are turned away tomorrow.


The week has been pure perfection. Life changing experiences for all of us have been matched with gorgeous weather, incredible hospitality and a sense of being "home" that none of us fully anticipated. Our support of Mayan Families will surely continue with great enthusiasm as we have been witness to the amazing miracles that they perform on the shores of Lake Atitlan each and every day.


If you'd like to follow our Christmas journey, please click here to access my blog.


Feliz Navidad a Todos!

Beth & Jay McFadyen and Family

Mayan Families' Sewing Class Graduates!  
Women Celebrate as Six Month Course Comes to an End
In the last week, our wonderful group of women from Solola have successfully graduated from our Sewing Project. They have been participating in the classes since the end of May, and have finally completed the six- month course. They now know how to use a sewing machine, and can make their own blouses, skirts, aprons, bags, and much more! At the graduation last week, Don Alberto told them that it is not just the diploma to be proud of, but rather the knowledge they have managed to culminate over the past six months and the effort and motivation they put into each class. To read more about our Sewing Project, please visit our blog!
Ready To Help?
Before 2012 ends, you can give a gift that will make Guatemala a healthier, more hopeful place! 

There is a lot of work to be done and we need your help to do it. With your support Mayan Families can build classrooms or a school in 2013, continue to empower women, nurture malnourished babies and assist their mothers, deworm countless school children, treat and prevent diseases in our new medical clinic, and so much more! 

Mayan Families is a 501.c.3 registered non-profit. Your donation is deductible as allowed by law. We ask you to please consider making a tax-deductible donation today, making a life-changing difference for the upcoming new year. 


Contributions are deductible in the year made. Thus, donations charged to a credit card before the end of 2012 count for 2012. This is true even if the credit card bill isn't paid until 2013. Also, checks count for 2012 as long as they are mailed in 2012 and clear, shortly thereafter. Please consider giving to support Mayan Families by clicking here. Thank you, and we wish you a happy holidays and a very successful new year!

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2012
Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we got from all of you, we've won a 2012 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. Less than 1% of eligible nonprofits won a place on the 2012 Top-Rated List. Check out our great stories:



Two Mayan Families volunteers Alex Nevill and Jeremy Fyfe worked with our Nutrition Program to build a new fundraising platform. The funds will help us better constitute our resources, so that we can effectively combat the malnutrition which plagues the Guatemalan indigenous. Maria, one of our preschool students, is four years old but with the body of a two year old. To help Maria or any of the thousands of malnourished children in our area, please consider donating today. Also, join the group on facebook




Volunteer Opportunities 

 We could use help, whether you're in Guatemala or at your own home! Check out our listings here!

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