Since we’ve been back in Panajachel we’ve been working with one of our favorite non-profit partners in the world, Mayan Families. Mayan Families works with impoverished Guatemalan populations to eradicate extreme poverty and malnutrition through education, sustainable community development programs and emergency aid. They work side by side on the ground with rural communities, giving them to tools they need to escape poverty.
Guatemala is currently the second poorest country in the western hemisphere and has the 4th highest rate of chronic childhood malnutrition in the world. Their Preschool Nutrition Centers, where kids receive nutritious snacks, meals, vitamins and education about basic hygiene practices, are a very powerful way that they are trying combat this, while giving kids an education as early as possible.
We partnered with them last time we were living here and as we donated school supplies, we saw first hand the amazing work they’re doing in these preschools. Without Mayan families there would be no preschool for kids in many of these villages at a crucial age for a child’s development.
Following the release of the great film Living On One Dollar, a documentary that followed families in rural Guatemala living on less than $1 per day, Mayan Families partnered with the filmmakers to raise awareness and provide assistance to those living below the line of poverty in rural Guatemala.
Since they’ve raised about $16,000 so far. If just 100 people donate $100 more, Mayan Families can have enough to run 3 preschool classrooms for 1 year (~$25,000).
There’s only one week left for people to sign up to take the challenge, start their own fundraising page and “get a taste of what it’s like to live below the line of poverty”. They are encouraged to blog about it and using their page to raise awareness and funds for their chosen charity (Mayan Families!!!).
Get involved & make a difference. Together we can change the world.
Check out the video below to learn more about the campaign.