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Maya Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1483
Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA 
 
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Tel. (508) 349-1330
 
The Maya Educational Foundation supports the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people and neighboring indigenous cultures in southern Mexico, Belize and Central America, and sustains programs that foster study, preservation and understanding of those cultures.

 

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Amigos de San Cristóbal
Amigos de San Cristóbal is a group of local volunteers —Mexican nationals and foreigners— living en San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. As a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization (NGO), it finds and develops funding for proven charities, which directly serve Chiapas’ most disadvantaged people.
 
Amigos de San Cristóbal es un grupo de voluntarios locales —mexicanos y extranjeros— que viven en San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. Es una organización no gubernamental sin fines de lucro (ONG) que capta y otorga recursos para obras de caridad ya probadas que ayudan directamente a la gente con mayor desventaja en Chiapas.
 

  
Amigos de Santa Cruz
 
The mission of Amigos de Santa Cruz is to help improve the lives of the indigenous people of Santa Cruz la Laguna and surrounding villages through support for education, better health, a cleaner environment and sustainable economic development. What started out in 1998 as an effort to help support education by providing the local school with needed books and supplies, has grown organically over the years along with the children that we first served. Amigos efforts have followed the needs presented to us by the community. 


  
Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA)
www.cirma.org.gt 
 
El Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) es una fundación guatemalteca no lucrativa, fundada en 1978, en Antigua Guatemala. Busca contribuir a una mayor comprensión de los procesos sociales, culturales e históricos que se enfrentan en Guatemala y en la región centroamericana a través de la adquisición y preservación de un amplio acervo bibliográfico, documental y fotográfico.
 

  
Esperanza Juvenil
www.esperanzajuvenil.org

Esperanza Juvenil ayuda niños y niñas de escasos recursos que tienen capacidad académica y motivación para realizar su máximo potencial y a convertirse en hombres y mujeres de bien proveyéndoles de hogares centrados en valores familiares, oportunidades y educación, inclusive de educación universitaria.

Esperanza Juvenil provee a estos jóvenes la oportunidad de educarse con la meta de que llegarán a graduarse de la universidad, alcanzarán su máximo potencial como individuos y se convertirán en miembros productivos de la sociedad. Todos los jóvenes de Esperanza Juvenil serán los primeros en sus familias en ir a la universidad! En Guatemala, en donde sólo el 3.6% de la población tiene alguna educación superior, éste es un gran paso para los niños, sus familias y para la sociedad guatemalteca.
 

  

Es una iniciativa maya de la sociedad civil guatemalteca, dedicada a la profesionalización y producción de conocimiento alternativos en un contexto multiétnico en el ejercicio de una ciudadanía incluyente. Su misión es contribuir a la formación de profesionales de excelencia académica con altos niveles de compromiso en los contextos socioculturales de las poblaciones indígenas del país, así como contribuir a la generación, divulgación y sistematización de conocimientos relacionados con el entorno y contexto cultural, socioeconómico y político de las poblaciones indígenas de Guatemala.
 

  
Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA)
https://es-la.facebook.com/FOMMACHIAPAS

Organización no gubernamental, no lucrativa, fundada en 1993 y constituida legalmente en febrero de 1994 como asociación civil. Su objetivo es apoyar a mujeres de pocos recursos, a niños y jóvenes con diversos talleres tanto productivos, culturales y educativos. Su principal meta es, a través del teatro, ayudar a mucha gente, principalmente a mujeres indígenas, a liberar sus situaciones emocionales, los problemas de la migración de la comunidad a la Ciudad y la vida en la Ciudad ante la sociedad, Además, ayuda a que compartan sus experiencias, a defender sus derechos y a obtener auto estima. Los movimientos corporales y las pláticas que realiza por medio del teatro hacen que deje a un lado la timidez y el miedo en que viven.
 

  
Grupo Cajolá
www.grupocajola.org

Grupo Cajolá is a group of Guatemalans and friends of Guatemalans, mostly from the town of Cajolá in the department of Quetzaltenango in Guatemala, and most of them are Maya Mam. (The Mam people are one of the four largest groups of Maya people now living in Guatemala.) Many of them have had to migrate to the United States out of necessity —to earn money for food,  medical care, school, or housing for their families. Nearly 94% of Cajolá is poor, and nearly 40% of them live in the United States. They have organized themselves to watch out for each other, especially during hard times, such as when someone dies, or gets sick. Some of them have returned to Guatemala, to Cajolá, and they are working there to organize the community to develop opportunities for a better life so that no one has to leave his family and community behind in order to survive.
 

  
Guatemala Scholars Network
www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/Anthro/GSN
 
The Guatemala Scholars Network is an organization of over 300 academics and professionals whose major research field is Guatemala. This homepage is presented as part of the GSN mission to foster communication among scholars; to share information and stay informed about the situation in Guatemala; to provide a forum for Guatemalan voices to be heard in North America; and to support the renaissance of Mayan intellectual and academic activity taking place in Guatemala. GSN was formed in 1982, as an outgrowth of the 1981 National Teach-In on Guatemala.
 

  
Maya Traditions / Fundación Tradiciones Mayas 
www.mayatraditions.com

An organization based in the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala preserving the ancient technique of back-strap weaving and the knowledge and use of medicinal plants. Its mission is to create opportunities for Maya women and to strengthen their cultural identity through fair trade and social programs.

Fundación Tradiciones Mayas works with several women's weaving groups, maintains a "mother garden" of medicinal plants which produces low-cost natural remedies, offers trainings and workshops on preventative health, offers scholarships to about 125 students and promotes and oversees community-service projects that benefit the weavers' families.
 

  
Oxlajuj B'atz' / Thirteen Threads
 
A resource center based in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan whose mission is to empower organized groups of indigenous women to bring about changes, through their own efforts, that will alleviate the adverse effects of poverty and improve their quality of life.
 
Oxlajuj B'atz' offers training and workshops in four focus areas: new and improved artisan skills; health and well-being; democracy and group organization; and small business skills and micro-credit loans.
 

  
Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies
www.plumsock.org
 
A not-for-profit publisher with the mission of promoting research in the social sciences and helping to spread and repatriate academic studies that focus on the region between southern Mexico and Panama. It achieves this mission by translating and publishing works in Spanish that were originally written in English or other European languages and were accessible only to First World scholars.
  

  
 
Fundado en 1982, Sna Jtz’ibajom es una organización civil orientada a favorecer las actividades que fortalezcan el desarrollo de las comunidades indígenas. Mediante el teatro, la literatura, el video, la radio y la fotografía preserva los valores culturales de los pueblos Tseltales y Tsotsiles de Chiapas. Asimismo, los talleres de lecto-escritura en lenguas maternas que imparte contribuyen a disminuir el rezago educativo.


  
Yax Te’ Books
www.yaxtebooks.com
 
A publishing enterprise devoted to the dissemination of materials by and about the contemporary Maya of Guatemala, especially to the Maya themselves. Translations of ethnographies of the Maya into Spanish, Maya oral and written literature, and traditional arts have been the areas of emphasis. In addition, they have carried a number of books issued by Maya publishers in Guatemala, as a service to the North American customers.
 
 

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