MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.
 
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If you prefer to donate by mail, please make check payable to Maya Educational Foundation and send to:
 
Maya Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1483
Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA 
 
Or call us at:
 
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.

 

         
Michbilrixpú Scholarship Program
 
Michbilrixpú, located in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, is small and isolated, home to about 19 families, and three hours by foot from any town. Its members are indigenous Maya, speak Q'eqchi' as their first language and support themselves through agriculture, primarily the organic production of cardamom. The people of this community continue to struggle to improve their lives and livelihoods, educate their children and create some measure of stability and prosperity.

University students Byron and Alvaro

With a grant from the Daniele Agostino Derossi Foundation, MEF was able to help five students graduate from elementary, middle school and high school and now gives support to two students at university level. Though small, this is a huge accomplishment in this tiny community.

 
Michbilrixpú is a small community outside of the village of Salacuim in the Department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. The indigenous Q'eqchi' families of Michbilrixpú have been living in the community for over 30 years. It is not clear exactly what year they first inhabited the area, as the founders and older residents did not and in many cases do not keep track of the year or use judeo-christian calendars.
 






In Michbilrixpú, the only school is a one-room building which looks like a shack. It benefits, however, from the commitment of its only teacher and the backing of the whole community.


Maya Educational Foundation • P.O. Box 1483 • Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA
Tel. (508) 349-1330 • Fax (508) 349-0252 • mef@mayaedufound.org