Nearly half of all preschool-aged children in Guatemala suffer from malnutrition, and many families in rural areas do not speak Spanish in the home. These two factors make getting a good education difficult for many children. This is why FundaMaya is proud to manage three Preschool Nutrition Centers in several rural communities in the Lake Atitlán region. These centers give children from some of the most impoverished families the chance get a start on their education and to receive critical nutritional assistance so they can grow up healthy and strong and be able to have success in school.
Benefits of the preschool program to the student:
Each preschool student receives a nutritious meal and snack every day, so they will have the energy to learn.
Each will receive a bilingual education to ensure Spanish fluency which will prepare them for Spanish language public school.
Parents of students are taught how to best support their child for success in the often confusing education system.
For $35 month ($47 Canadian) or $420 year ($563 Canadian), a sponsor can give a head start to a child entering the educational system.
Although school in Guatemala is technically free, attendance costs are simply too high for many families. The need to purchase school supplies, uniforms, books, and shoes, as well as pay for transportation and meals is just too much. Thus, their children lose out on the enormous benefits of an education. This often results in children becoming part of the work force at a very young age, replicating a cycle of poverty that has gone on for generations.
Sponsoring a child to go to school removes these obstacles and offers an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. It gives hope of a greater future for the children, their families, and even their community.
Student receives a backpack, school supplies, new school shoes and gym shoes, and other necessary items for school.
For $35 month ($47 Canadian) or $420 year ($563 Canadian), a sponsor can give a child the opportunity to get an education and change his/her future.
ELDERLY CARE SPONSOR
There is no social safety net in Guatemala and the elderly often have to rely on the help of neighbors or relatives. However, neighbors and relatives often have only enough food for their immediate families. Nobody should have to choose between feeding a child and feeding an elderly parent or grandparent.
The Elderly Sponsorship program provides life-changing support to elderly women and men living in poverty. Sponsorship not only helps provide basic necessities to the elderly including five meals a week, but also ensures that they will have the companionship of not only their peers, but also some of sponsored children. The feeling of being connected to the community can be as important to their sense of well-being as the food we provide.
For $38 a month ($51 Canadian) a senior can have the assurance that at least once a day, five days a week, they can count on a hot, nutritious meal and companionship. It can provide hope and the knowledge that they still matter.
Education is not only limited to the children. At FundaMaya we believe that one of the keys to assisting the community as a whole is to provide opportunities for individual women to learn and use skills to gain greater economic independence for their families. We put this belief into action with income-generating opportunities such as providing comprehensive sewing classes and sewing machines to community members who complete the sewing program.
Please consider supporting a student in our sewing program and/or donating sewing machines or supplies.
Just $25 a month ~ $33 Canadian (or $75/session ~ $100 Canadian) will sponsor a woman in sewing class (not including materials). There is a basic class session and an advanced class session. Each session lasts 3 months.
While our focus is on education, the lack of basic needs can sometimes create challenges that make learning difficult or impossible. Without food, basic housing, or urgent medical care a child cannot focus and learn. Chronic malnutrition and worry affect a child’s ability to learn; a secure home and food security allows that child to focus and thrive. There are some families that need urgent aid, such as for a medical emergency, loss of a family member, or natural disaster. While others may need ongoing help to get back on track, such as a single mother without enough food for her children or an injured father who cannot work. With a donation for family aid, we are able to help those families with shelter, food, and medical assistance.
Donations can be made for a specific situation or to the general fund for any urgent need.
Our Uniting Families program was established for adoptive families. We can assist with Guatemalan birth mother/birth family searches and can assist in providing one time gifts or ongoing aid to birth families. Our experience and discretion in birth family matters has made this program very successful.
Please contact us for more information about this program
HOPE FOR THE ANIMALS
A large population of stray dogs and cats results in suffering for the animals and quality of life issues for the community. We, therefore, work to educate our students on responsible and compassionate handling of animals. We have partnered with Guatemalan Hope for the Animals to help provide food and shelter, sterilization clinics, and domestic and international adoptions for stray animals.