March 1 st, 2009

Hello Everyone!

Here’s an update to let you know what’s going on with Mayan Families Canada.


After several months of paper work and patience, we now have our charitable tax status, effective as of November 7 th, 2008. We can issue official Charitable Tax Receipts retroactive to November 8 th, 2007. Please send us an email, including your address, if you would like to receive an official receipt for a donation you have made to Mayan Families Canada in this time frame.


As usual, the Nanaimo/Parksville/Qualicum area has generously come forward to sponsor students for school in Guatemala. At this time we have 25 students sponsored and the result of this education will significantly improve the standard of living of their families. However, there are three students who are in danger of losing their sponsorship. Mayan Families Canada will do everything it can to continue their education, but we need help. If you would like to sponsor one of these students, please let us know. The cost is $182 per year.






Last year we built a house for Elvis. This boy was living with his ill mother, two brothers and sister in a dilapidated, leaky one-room shack with mud floors. He is now the proud owner of a two-room cement brick house, which keeps the family dry and warm. Because of everyone’s incredible generosity, we were also able to build a house for another one of our students, Limni. Her house was in a shocking state and did not provide even basic shelter for her family. Like Elvis, she is now safe and cozy in a two-room cement block house.

This year it’s Natalia’s turn and we have been fundraising like mad in order to build her an adequate shelter; one that is far superior to the wood plank/cardboard house with a mud floor that she presently lives in. A new house will cost $5400, and we already have almost $5000 of this. With just a few more dollars, we can tell the builders to get started, so please let us know if you can help with this project.


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

Cheques may be made payable to Mayan Families Canada and mailed to:

Mayan Families Canada
2960 Anchor Way
Nanoose Bay, BC
V9P 9G2

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