Fundación Familia Maya (FUNDAMAYA)

Non profit organization
(+1) 619 202-0090

Fundación Familia Maya (FUNDAMAYA) was born from the vision of a group of indigenous Guatemalan, Australian, and American friends wanting to make a difference for those most in need. Now, more than 14 years later, we have an even greater desire to help the Guatemalan communities we call home.

From the beginning it was important to everyone involved that FundaMaya be a Guatemalan organization. While we partner with people from other countries and benefit from the energy, skill, and knowledge of two of our founders, Sharon and Dwight, our board is now all Guatemalan and predominantly indigenous.

Our board members are from the Lake Atitlan area, and they truly understand the culture, and respect the way of life. Maya helping Maya

Women, Men, Girls, Boys, Indigenous peoples, Elderly, Disabled, Animals, Youth
Education, Youth, Children at risk, Family, Health, Entrepreneurship/Business, Water and sanitation, Development/Community infrastructure, Leadership/Capacitation, Volunteer/Sustainable travel, Emergency relief

Organizational contacts & locations

Sharon Smart
Executive Director & Board Director
(+1) 619 202-0090
Julio Coroxon
General Manager & Board Chair
(+502) 3134-9953
Brenda Chiroy
Board member & Treasurer
(+502) 3223-3860

Mission, vision & values


Fundamaya’s mission is to strengthen our communities by promoting education, well-being, and empowerment. Invest in the education of the children. The results will be felt now, and for generations to come.


Our organization vision is being recognized to execution projects that seek development by helping many families and strengthening their communities through community aid, education and empowerment.

We value education, community aid, and empowerment.

Products, services, and programs


We offer the following services:

  • school sponsorships
  • medical aid and loan medical items when they are available
  • dental and ophthalmological help
  • food assistance
  • care for the elderly
  • providing household items: stoves, beds, water filters, gardens.

We have three nutritional feeding preschools. Our long term aim is to provide a life of hope for a child through education.


Our programs are:

  • sponsorship program
  • sewing classes
  • community aid program
  • birth families (uniting families) program
  • animal program
  • fire fighting program
  • empowerment program
  • trade school program
    • garden program

Organizational detail

Number of employees: 
Private donations, Corporate donations, Fundraising
Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

We focus on educational and community well-being. We recognized the need that everyone deserved to have an education, but that many local students could not continue their studies because they did not have socioeconomic support at home, which had a domino effect that left them unable to support themselves in education.

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

We have been able to reach almost a thousand scholarship students and with it their families.

Impact measuring

We have data collection support where we can collect information for the beneficiaries in the different support areas.

Organizational adaptations: 
Size and/or structure, Location, Target population, Target problem, Mission, vision and/or values, How you collaborate or work with others
Organizational adaptation details

We have had several ups and downs that we have seen in the past, that we saw the need to start changing certain programs and objectives in order to improve our work areas

Short term objectives


We have had growth in the scholarship area.


Give an improvement in the quality of life.


Impact at a higher than departmental level.

Long term objectives


Growth for other programs.


Quality of life.


Impact at a higher level of department to reach the national level.