Mayan Families proudly operates seven Preschool Nutrition Centers around Lake Atitlán, all of which offer children from the most impoverished families the opportunity to attend preschool cost-free. In order to create a lifelong impact on the lives of our students and their families, Mayan Families Preschool Nutrition Centers target the following four areas:
Eradicating Chronic Malnutrition
Nearly 50% of Guatemalan preschool students are malnourished, and early malnutrition can lead to lifelong challenges caused by physical and mental impairments. To combat these effects, Mayan Families provides preschool students with a nutritious meal and snack every day, regular deworming and multivitamin supplements, and lessons in hygiene.
Early Learning for Elementary School
In rural communities in Guatemala, half of all students fail first grade. This is largely because children, especially those from poor families, enter school unprepared. Mayan Families' Preschool Nutrition Centers give students essential early education in areas of communication, colors and shapes, artistic expression, and social and civic participation.
Spanish is the official language of the Guatemalan school system, but in five of the seven communities in which we work, it is not spoken in the home. Children in these communities begin school knowing only the local indigenous language. Our centers offer bilingual education to ensure Spanish fluency among our students. Entering primary school fluent in Spanish dramatically increases students' chances of success.
Parental support is critical to a child’s success in education. We provide educational workshops and resources for parents so they can support their children’s learning and create a healthy and safe home environment.
To find out more, visit https://mayanfamilies.org/page/nutritioncenters.
Mayan Families is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in the USA and all donations are tax-deductible, as allowed by US law.