OUR MISSION:
To support the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people and neighboring indigenous cultures in southern Mexico, Belize and Central America, and to sustain programs that foster study, preservation and understanding of those cultures.
 
DONATE BY MAIL OR PHONE:
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
 
 
MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.


 

MEF on
 

 
 
Manuel León, a former MEF scholar, produced a short video with testimonials from past and current students who have received scholarships through FEPMaya in Guatemala.

The scenes used as an introductory background are from the murals in San Juan Comalapa (more info on these murals).
 
 
On Video 
 
An interesting movie from MEF partner, Amigos de San Cristóbal, a non-profit that supports various educational and health-related projects for poor population groups in Chiapas.
 
MEF helps to support Amigos in its educational projects. 
 
 
 
Annual Board Meeting held August, 2012
 
MEF held its annual board meeting August 13-15, 2012 in Amherst, Massachusetts. It was good to have a complete board attendance in this 20th year of MEF’s existence and the meetings went well, but we had the sad task of saying farewell to our long-time president, Marilyn Moors and Vice-president, Brenda Rosenbaum.

       We are lucky to have had their input for so many years and we thank them both very much for their service!

We are grateful to Board members Christine Eber and Pablo Chavajay, respectively, who stepped up to fill these posts for the next year.

       Marilyn Moors was very pleased to receive the collected, special greetings, note cards, and gifts and to hear that, in conjunction, with the Guatemala Scholars Network members, a fundraiser had resulted in over $7,000 for a university scholarship in her honor for a student in Guatemala.

       We thank the Guatemala Scholars Network for their wonderful response to this fund drive.
 

MEF Board Members
Christopher Lutz and Elisabeth Nicholson
speaking about fundraiser
MEF outgoing Board President,
Marilyn Moors
 
 
On Video
 
University scholarship students speak in this video
 
 
 
 
2012 Maya Meetings 
 
Vancouver Marathon 
 
The 2012 Maya Meetings:
Beyond the Glyphs: Ancient Maya were held in March 12-15 at UT-Austin’s new academic and conference center for Mesoamerican studies, the Casa Herrera, a beautifully restored 17th-century mansion located near the center of La Antigua, Guatemala’s colonial capital. 
     Six MEF university students were able to attend the meetings thanks to a donation from a long-time MEF supporter. Besides  expanding their knowledge, they gained a better understanding of their ancestors' writing system. They are now not only passing on this new knowledge to their fellow students but also applying it to their careers and lives. Their only regret after the event was that it was attended by so few Mayas.  
     We thank the donor for making this opportunity available to MEF students and the students for sharing their new insights.
 
 
 
 
 
  Two of FEPMaya students with
Dr. David Stuart and Dr. Wendy Kramer
 
 
 
Running for Education in Guatemala
 
This May, MEF supporter Meera Patankar ran the Vancouver Half Marathon to benefit Tz'utujil Maya students in the San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala.
 

 
We thank her for her personal effort!
 
For more information, 
visit the Crowdrise website.
 
ELP Dec. 2011
 
Book 
 
Slide Show
By Laurie Levinger
 
The English Language Program has just completed the 8th year teaching a 2 week intensive English course in Antigua, Guatemala to Maya university students. This photography project was sponsored by a local church in Hanover, NH which funded the purchase of digital cameras. Students went out in small groups to take photos of the city, each other, architectural sites etc and then discussed these photographs in English class. Several of the students had never used a camera before; you can see the creativity and talent that was "unleashed". This is just one of the opportunities that students and volunteers share in this cross-cultural, cross-generational program. And, some English is learned as well! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christine Eber's (MEF Board member)
most recent publication
 
We're pleased to announce the publication of The Journey of a Tzotzil-Maya Woman of Chiapas, Mexico,  a book co-authored by Christine Eber and "Antonia," a Tzotzil-Maya woman from Chenalho, Chiapas.
 
Most recent books about Chiapas, Mexico, focus on political conflicts and the indigenous movement for human rights at the macro level. None has explored those conflicts and struggles in-depth through an individual woman's life story. The Journey of a Tzotzil-Maya Woman of Chiapas, Mexico now offers that perspective in one woman's own words. Anthropologist Christine Eber met "Antonia" in 1986 and has followed her life's journey ever since. In this book, they recount Antonia's life story and also reflect on challenges and rewards they have experienced in working together, offering insight into the role of friendship in anthropological research, as well as into the transnational movement of solidarity with the indigenous people of Chiapas that began with the Zapatista uprising.
 
For more information, visit the University of Texas Press website.

 

What War? Radio Interview  
 
 
 
HablaGuate radio program 
Monday, January 16, 2012 
Laurie Levinger talks about her book What War? 
 
 
"For those of you who did not get a chance to hear the radio interview where I talked about What War? Testimonies of Maya Survivors, you can hear it online at:
 
 
The show was cut off after 1/2 hour. There are 15 minutes more that are included here as well."
 
Laurie Levinger
 
 
  
 
ELP Jan. 2011
 
Volunteering in Chiapas 
 
English Language Program in Antigua
by Susan Feinberg
 
For many years, as a former board member and office manager for Maya Educational Foundation, my participation in the English Language Program occurred stateside, providing administrative, logistical and moral support. I met many of the other teachers at various MEF functions and enjoyed the stories about their experiences. This year, I had the opportunity to participate as a volunteer.
 
I arrived in Guatemala with all the trepidations of first time volunteers, not sure what to expect, anxious about the routine, not sure what the students would be like, not sure if I would measure up as a teacher. The curriculum, developed by volunteers over the seven years of the program, had evolved into an organized and logical schedule, with the flexibility to allow for students at all different levels of English proficiency...  
 

 
 
In Chiapas, we are very grateful to Steve Homer who is spending two months in San Cristóbal, volunteering his services for MEF. This is his seventh time! He is teaching English and computer skills, is in close contact with FOMMA and Sna Jtz’ibajom, visited with MEF grant recipient Radio Cultural in Tenejapa, and is checking up on all MEF programs in Mexico, including students in Chenalhó and the Chuj region. Steve has also taken the initiative and visited with some students who have received MEF support in the past.
 
Below are some links to his reports and awesome photographs:
 
 
 
 

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