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There are many individuals and groups that are working in various ways to try to do something positive in Guatemala and Central America. The needs and underlying problems and issues are many.  We are going to gradually try to put on this page links to different organizations and efforts that we know about that provide help with education and scholarships, healthcare, women's and community groups, libraries, environmental and natural resources protection, ...etc.   

Some organizations and groups have established, long-term programs that have documented track records and accomplishments.  Some have formally incorporated and have options for making tax-deductible donations in the USA.  Many do not.  Some are individuals, schools, classes, churches, communities, hospital groups, and organizations that have "adopted" or developed a "sister-city" or "sister-school" relationship with a similar group in Guatemala or Nicaragua.  This is a page in progress and its going to take a while to get the various groups we know about represented because many do not have web sites.

We hope you will will consider donating to some of these groups or using them as model for what you or your group can do to help in Guatemala and elsewhere.   If you have questions, suggestions for additions or comments please contact Lynn at Lynn@terraexperience.com 

Education and Scholarships

Foundations for Education

 

 

 

Foundations for Education (501c3) provides 155 scholarships for rural Maya students, from 9th grade-University, supports community projects and provides school materials for rural schools and teachers working with Bilingual Maya Education.. Students are required to do community projects to stay in the program as the goal is to form leaders in their villages. They have a 100% success rate with their graduates working in their professions. All donations are tax-deductible. The web site is: http://foundations4education.org/  and the email is: camay@conexion.com.gt .  They have a newsletter that provides great information about the program. 
Maya Traditions
 
Maya Traditions is a fair-trade wholesaler that works with 4 groups of women in different villages in Guatemala. Terra Experience sells Maya Traditions 16" Fair Trade Dolls and doll outfits to help support their efforts. They have instituted a scholarship program to pay the cost of room and board in the city and some expenses for all the children of the women in their groups who qualify. Today, they are sending more than fifty kids to school. Maya Traditions has formed a nonprofit in Guatemala called Fundación Tradiciónes Mayas for their scholarship and other nonprofit projects  You can donate to them via their US partners "Maya Educational Foundation" to make a tax deductible donation in the US. Tax deductible donations can be made out to
Maya Educational Foundation/ FTM
Route 106, P.O. Box 38
South Woodstock, VT 05071-0038, USA
http://www.mayaedufound.org
Colegio Maya -- Sandra's Adopted Elementary  School in Guatemala

 


You can donate a dollar (or multiple dollars) by clicking on this Paypal logo. 
100% goes to the school - 
Terra Experience covers all overhead  

Sandra is a friend of mine who originally was from Guatemala and has lived for many years in Madison, WI.  She has informally adopted an elementary school  "Colegio Maya" in a small aldea outside Cantel Quetzaltengo and a nursing home in Mazatenango.   Sandra works with her friends (including Terra Experience) to get school supplies, books, building materials to the 104 students in the school and basic clothes and supplies to the nursing home.  This coming year her major "project" (in addition to school supplies) is to build a kitchen for the school.   Click here to see some pictures of the school.    This is one of those informal projects is not tax deductible - but will go to a good purpose. If you are interested in helping, contact Lynn@terraexperience.com 

 

Women's Health

Clinicas Maya

For more information check out their new web site:

http://clinicasmaya.org 

Includes several programs with the purpose to: "To provide the full scope of healthcare and education that moves the community towards developing a broad range of healthcare and educational services."  

 

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La Casa De Luz  -   I first visited Clinic Maya in 2004 and will return in January 2005 with supplies and a friend who is an OB/Gyne. I put together a page on the Terra Experience web site pictures from from my  visit plus a list of supplies that the clinic need. If you have access to any let me know and I'll try to help you get them to the clinic.   

Clinicas Maya Programs (from their web site)

We believe through the use of these programs. we are better able to empower the Mayan people to move the community towards developing a broader range of healthcare & educational services and self-sufficiency. Our foundation Clinicas Maya in Guatemala, services our main work of 5 programs:

  1. Clinica Naturista - Family healthcare and education clinic, a primary healthcare facility and training ground for 8 surrounding villages for their Midwives and community:
  2. La Casa de Luz- Dar la luz - a pilot training school & clinical facility for indigenous midwives
  3. Orphan program - Currently support 20 children, living with a family member, due to death or abandonment, of a mother or father, we supply healthcare, school opportunities, work, education and basic needs so they can remain within the family structure of which they are accustomed
  4. Emergency Medical Services - Transportation & training- ambulance and first responder, fireman etc.
  5. Neighboring outreach - This program allows us to respond to a need that will better aide the communities. Examples are coordinating surgeries with visiting surgical teams, providing educational & training programs in rural communities, distribution of donations where the need is the greatest, etc.
 
   

 

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