Fundación Familia Maya (FUNDAMAYA)
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
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 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
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.
We have been able to reach almost a thousand scholarship students and with it their families.
We have data collection support where we can collect information for the beneficiaries in the different support areas.
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
We have had growth in the scholarship area.
Give an improvement in the quality of life.
Impact at a higher than departmental level.
Growth for other programs.
Quality of life.
Impact at a higher level of department to reach the national level.