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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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Dental Scholarship

In Fall 2015, Ceiba Marisol Pérez Velasco, the first young woman to graduate from the Chenalhó, Chiapas scholarship program, will enter university to study dentistry. Due to the generosity of Brent and Elois Berlin and the Latin American Solidarity Committee of the Western New York Peace Center, Ceiba will receive a scholarship covering her full course of study. 

After completing her studies, Ceiba will return to Chenalhó for periods of time to offer low cost dental care. She will provide those services in the clinic established by Tom Potts of Western New York and the Dental Committee of Chenalhó. Tom will soon retire after 30 years of volunteering as a dentist in Chenalhó. MEF is proud to help Ceiba carry on the spirit of service that Tom’s work has so beautifully embodied.
 

 
 
 

 
In February 2015, Christine Eber, MEF Board president, visited with all of MEF's program partners in Chiapas and many of the students they supervise. Among these were over a dozen university students training to be rural teachers in Normal colleges throughout the state. These students shared their sorrow over the tragic disappearance of 43 students from the Normal college Ayotzinapa in Guerrero. 

 
They also told of the difficulties their parents are encountering after the recent loss of their coffee crops due to a a disease called “la roya.”  But as the photo below shows, the students and their supervisor in the Sna Jtz’ibajom program find joy together and give each other much support to overcome the challenges they face.
 
(Christine wrote a reflection on her trip to highland Chiapas that is posted at www.fronteralist.org.)
 
 

 
Mayas for Ancient Mayas (MAM)

The Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers was held in June 2014 in Ocosingo, Chiapas and was a huge success with 102 Maya speakers from four countries.  The Congress enabled Mayas previously outside the reach of formal epigraphic training to learn about ancient Maya writing and the Maya calendar.  
   
 
MEF university scholars and program partners from Chiapas and Guatemala were able to attend the Congress and meet each other for the first time. The participants promised to spread the knowledge of the glyphs and the calendar in their own communities.  For more information about MAM’s ongoing workshops in Guatemala and Chiapas see http://discovermam.org.
 
After admiring the dramatic blow-gunner statue, scholars descend to the auditorium.
(Source: blog posted June 14, 2014 - http://discovermam.org/es/2014/06/)
 

 
 

 
 

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