December 9, 2012

Season’s greetings everyone!

Our sponsored students in Guatemala are about to begin their new school year in January. But there are a few we have sent to school over the years who no longer have a sponsor for their education. Education is the only way these children can dig themselves, and their families in the future, out of the grinding poverty they live in.

We were wondering if you could help in any way. Total sponsorship would be wonderful but we would accept any sort of partial sponsorship.

Here are the students who are in need:

Marlily - $360

Marlily is now 9 years old and will be going into grade 5 in January. When we visited their house this past May, everything in their home was incredibly neat and tidy, because Marlily helps her mom with household chores like sweeping, putting things away, and doing dishes. Her smallest brother, Darby, has grown so much since we last saw him. He was running around and chattering to his older brother, and Marlily would hush them. Marlily loves going to school, especially math class. For many of the indigenous children sponsored by Mayan Families Canada, Cakchiquel is their first language, so they struggle with subjects like english and social studies because they are all in Spanish. Math is a favorite subject because they don’t have to speak Spanish very well to understand it. Marlily is a happy, outgoing girl who is so appreciative for all that has been given to her.

Click here to help Marlily



Otoniel - $1150

Otoniel is now 17 years old and will be graduating from high school at the end of December. He really wants to go to university and continue his education so he can be a certified mechanic. While we were visiting, we had a moment alone with him and Jose and got to see more of their personalities. Otoniel showed us a miniature car he made in school that has all the electrical work a real car does. He put it all in himself, and was excited to learn that Tyler is an electrical engineer. With my poor translations they talked about the different switches and electrical components. Jose then showed us his parents room and baby pictures of Otoniel, himself, and their younger brother Hob. We had a good laugh over Otoniel’s chubby baby cheeks! Otoniel showed us his drum set that was donated to him, which he loves playing during the parades and concerts. While we were visiting with the boys, their mom was selling birds to Gloria, a Mayan Families worker. Their mom raises birds of all kinds to sell or to eat, and Gloria always purchases something when we visit each year. Otoniel is very much wanting to go to university, but he also wanted us to let his sponsors know how grateful he is for everything that has been given to him so far.

Click here to help Otoniel



Jose - $1150

Jose is now 18 years old and will be graduating from high school at the end of this year. Their schooling system works differently in that they have almost college prep instead of high school, and he has been studying administration. He would absolutely love to continue his education in university, as that will enable him to get a higher paying job. While we were visiting, we had a while alone with him and Otoniel and got to see more of their personalities. Jose showed us his parents’ room and baby pictures of Otoniel, himself, and their younger brother Hob. We had a good laugh over Otoniel’s chubby baby cheeks! While we were visiting with the boys, their mom was selling birds to Gloria, a Mayan Families worker. Their mom raises birds of all kinds to sell or to eat, and Gloria always purchases something when we visit each year. Jose very much wants to go to university, but he also wanted us to let his sponsors know how grateful he is for everything that has been given to him so far.

Click here to help Jose



Marco - $1250

Marco is now well into his university degree, he has 2.5 years left until he gets his Systems Engineering certificate, and he already received his “Perrito Contador” certificate. He goes to school on the weekend so he can work at Mayan Families full time during the week. He fixes the computers in the office, teaches computer classes to local students, and is in charge of posting and choosing the pictures that go onto the website. His wife is in school to become a lawyer, and she has another 3 years left to get her degree. All of Marco’s money goes to pay for her schooling, as she does not have a sponsor and her parents have disowned her and refuse to help. Jake, Marco’s son, was completely terrified of us and wouldn’t leave Marco’s side for the whole visit. He is growing like crazy and is probably going to be as tall as his dad (Marco is very tall for a Guatemalan). Overall, they seem very happy and are optimistic about the future. Jake’s life is going to be a lot smoother with an engineer and a lawyer as his parents, and hopefully is a prime example of how it is possible to break the cycle of poverty.

Click here to help Marco



Gloria Esmeralda - $850

Gloria is now 18 years old and will be graduating from high school at the end of this year! She is very excited, and is hoping that she will be able to continue her studies into university, as she wants to become a teacher for grades Kindergarten through 6. She is still as busy as ever with teaching youth group at the local church, helping her mom with all the dishes and household chores, and schoolwork. When we visited their home this past May, their new house was in the final stages of construction. The bottom two rooms were finished but filled with sticks to hold up wooden casing that the concrete will be poured into for the roof/second floor. This will allow the family to build a second floor on it, as they really don’t have much land to spread out on. They were very excited to move in, and had been living for the past two months in an Uncle’s house next door. His house is not finished, so they had no doors or windows and were a little cold at night. Gloria’s mom was all smiles when she talked about the new house and their plans for it. **Update** On October 30, 2012, Gloria's father passed away from complications with Diabetes. MFC sent down money to help pay for the coffin and food for the family.

Click here to help Gloria Esmeralda

Thank you again for your ongoing support of Mayan Families Canada.

For further information about any of our projects please visit our website at:www.mayanfamiliescanada.org

Or email us at:

info@mayanfamiliescanada.org