Stichting Steun de Maya's / Foundation Maya Support / Fundación Maya Support
Zuiderbaan 7, 4386 CK Vlissingen ~ Nederland / Netherlands / Países Bajos NL18INGB0002210035
Initially the center had quite a few start-up problems. From 2004 to 2010 the centre changed accommodation five times and also had the same amount of new directors. The management of the center consisted of parents who often did not have the necessary knowledge or education. Many parents only spoke the Mayan language which caused a serious communication problem with aid workers and authorities and also the constant changing of volunteers did not contribute to the stability and continuity of the center.
From 2010 to present
After a conflict concerning the property rights of the accommodation, a building donated by the Japanese Government, a joint consultation of the representatives of the foundation, the director of the center and the children's parents decided to make a complete new start. The center elected a new management consisting of one representative of the parents and a number of people with a good degree of education.
Since September 2010 the center operates under the name "Centro Maya Servicio Integral", recognized as Guatemalan N.G.O. and now has its own accommodation that was purchased with the help of multiple organizations. The Centre currently has twelve Guatemalan employees (2013) and working with foreign volunteers is constrained to a minimal and only under strict conditions.
The Guatemalan employees at the time of writing and their duties:
Retrospectively we can definitely conclude that with the initiative of the Foundation Support the Maya’s an important institute for the disabled care, “Centro Maya Servicio Integral”, has been set up. The Foundation has also largely contributed to the acceptance of people with disabilities. People who before were often considered as "a punishment of God" and therefore often lived in isolation.
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