Mayan Families Canada is an organization dedicated to helping Mayan Families in rural Guatemala and allowing them to play some gokkasten online. One child at a time; one family at a time. Established in 2005, this group has been involved in numerous projects that improve the quality of life of a significant number of families in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala.

We have Charitable Status and can issue tax receipts for your donations! Canadian Registered Charities registration number: 850482795RR0001


We are in need of school sponsorships for several of our university students:

Otoniel is a hard working, dedicated young man pursuing mechanical engineering in university. Costs are extremely high for the program so Otoniel took the past year off to make money for his schooling. Cost for school sponsorship: $1688 (or any part of it)

Jose is the older brother of Otoniel. He is working on weekends towards a degree in business. During the week he is employed by Mayan Families. Jose and Otoniel's parents are committed to ensuring their boys have an education in order to help pull the family out of poverty. Cost for school sponsorship: $1688 (or any part of it)

Marco has been a success story since Mayan Families started sponsoring him. He is now in the final phases of completing a Masters in Computer Engineering. This is unheard of for most young people in Guatemala. Marco works full time at the Mayan Families office in Guatemala and attends school on the weekends. At the moment he has chosen to not do a thesis project. Instead he has chosen to do a study project which will push his graduation date to 2018 but is more manageable for him. Cost for sponsorship: $1688 (or any part of it)

For further information about any of these students please contact us at [email protected] OR click on our "Sponsored Students" page and scroll down. Thank you for any support you can give.

Food baskets

Help brighten a week for one of our students and their families by providing funds for a food basket. These baskets contain enough basic food to support a family of 4 for a week. Cost for one basket: $54

Contact Mayan Families Canada at [email protected] OR go to our donate page and make your donation through Paypal.


If your donation is for a student or family who is NOT included on our "sponsored students" page, please contact Mayan Families in Guatemala ([email protected]) directly to tell them of your payment to Mayan Families Canada. Your tax receipt will be issued by Mayan Families Canada but all administration of your donation will be handled directly by Mayan Families in Guatemala. Thank you.

Highlight - Canadian school children helping students in Guatemala

Here are 2 examples of the incredible efforts of school children across Canada in helping others less fortunate. Kudos to their teachers, and all teachers, who bring out the compassion in our children.

Students from Jennifer Dennis' Grade 5 class were so impacted by the "Living on One Dollar" documentary (see below) that they made bunny fridge magnets for a fundraiser. They are now sponsoring a student in Guatemala! Well done!

Students from Ren Lukoni's leadership class continually fundraise to provide food for their sponsored family. As one student said "no matter how big or how small the action, it is a step in the right direction.We want students to realize how many opportunities are out there to spread wealth and make a difference, whether it be in our own backyard or across the globe." They have done just that. Congratulations students.

Living On One Dollar

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps a video is worth a thousand pictures? To really get some insight into the lives of the families we support, watch this film that follows the journey of four young men living on $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. Presently available on Netflix or visit their website at

Donation costs - please note:

The prices listed for donations on our "Donate" page have been updated to reflect current exchange rates between the US and Canadian dollar. Please note that these prices will be updated on April 1st and October 1st of each year. Prior to making a donation, please consult this page in order to send in the correct donation in Canadian dollars.

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Videos of the work being done in Guatemala

Our friends and colleagues in Guatemala, Mayan Families, have created two powerful videos to showcase the work being done there.

Please click here to view Claudia's Story.

Click here to view Elderly Care.

Check out our article in The Province newspaper

B.C. Families Raise Up Mayan Families in Guatemala
By: Elaine O'Connor
Published January 12, 2012

Click here to read the article

Check out our article in the BC Teacher's Federation teacher newsmagazine

Mayan Families Canada
By Kathy Silver
Published: May/June, 2011

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Check out our article in The Globe and Mail newspaper

Giving Back: Helping Mayan Families in Guatemala
By Paul Waldie
Published Friday March 25th, 2011

Click here to read the article