Our History

The Maya Relief Foundation was officially organized on July 4, 2002, with the goal of serving the humanitarian needs of the poor in Latin America. Over the years the foundation has gone from funding a broad range of projects, including Mesoamerican archeological projects both in Mexico and Guatemala, to a very select effort to help in a more relevant fashion .  Focus has been placed more on helping the “living Maya” with their greatest needs for health and well being.  Self-reliance for the Maya depends first on the replacement of indoor open cooking fires with highly efficient cooking stoves.  Once that is in place, a water purifier is their next greatest need.  These two items change the quality of their lives forever.

Since most Maya families (and much of the Third World) use open cooking fires inside their homes, their health suffers greatly.  Maya Relief has always been aware and concerned about the dire conditions within the home that affect primarily the mothers and children.  The open fires and accompanying smoke and toxins cause respiratory problems, terrible burns, eye irritations, rampant deforestation, and come at a huge cost to the family in their time spent obtaining the firewood for cooking. Back in 2002, Maya Relief Foundation began installing a very efficient cement cook stove with great results.  No more smoke inside the house.  No more burns or eye irritations.  70% less wood was needed to operate their stove, and time and money spent decreased greatly.

Clean water is a worldwide challenge, and in Guatemala 95% of the water sources are contaminated.  On top of that it has been found that nearly 40% of the Maya daily wood supply is used to boil water for drinking. Maya Relief Foundation has joined forces with the highly effective Ecofiltro company to provide homes with a purifier that can provide 10 gallons of bacteria free water daily.   Over the past 10 years, it has been verified that portable home water purifiers are a practical and reliable solution to this problem. Maya Relief has seen evidence throughout Guatemala that families with water purifiers are drinking more water, resulting in greater health.  The families appreciate that the threat of constant dysentery or diarrhea from contaminated water has been eliminated.

Maya Relief’s major projects are carried out by its Guatemalan counterpart, Socorro Maya, located in the highlands of San Pedro Carcha, Alta Verapaz. Thousands of efficient stoves and water filters have been placed into over 100 communities by the Socorro Maya team, headed by Carlos Barrios. Additional projects are offered to these same families. For example, the Mosaic Corn Program that brings expertise, soil testing and high-grade seed to the farmers who join the program.  A Mosaic Corn Program farmer yields 2-3 times greater corn harvest compared to the use of their traditional methods.  Besides providing adequate corn to his family for the whole year, the farmer is now capable of earning cash by selling his excess corn.  Over 900 families have participated in this program since it began in 2007.

Kirk Humanitarian Foundation has partnered with Maya Relief to provide a prenatal multi nutritional program for pregnant and nursing mothers in Guatemala.  Beginning in February 2012, Kirk Humanitarian provided a year supply of pre-natal vitamins for 14,000 women.  Maya Relief through Socorro Maya targeted villages with high-risk women in their child bearing years for these multi nutrients. The goal is to decrease or eliminate certain birth defects and stunted growth caused by poor nutrition, and also to improve the mothers’ overall health.  Other charities have helped in the monitoring and distribution of these multi nutritionals. The goal is for this program to expand each year to include an ever-greater number of women in Guatemala, with the expectation that their improved nutrition will increase birth weight for their babies with less health problems caused by malnutrition.

Maya Relief has created relationships with like-minded foundations where alliances are mutually beneficial. One example was a project carried out in 2011 with FUNSEPA, a local Guatemala foundation that provides computers to primary schools in rural areas. Microsoft donates appropriate software. Funsepa prepares the computers and monitors and identifies the communities.  Socorro Maya employees work side by side with community parents in preparing the rural schools to become “computer ready” with the proper infrastructure of electricity and secure facilities. The enthusiasm from the communities has been overwhelming.  Most of these children quickly adapt to the world of technology, and know it is part of their future.

The list of new ways to help the indigenous Maya become self-reliant grows with each passing day. Once a family has the efficient cooking stove and the Ecofiltro water purifier, they are well on their way to self-sufficiency.  Progress is happening among the Maya because of the new hope they have to provide for their families.

Maya Relief Virtual Auction on eBay

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Thank you so much for all you have done and are doing for the good women in Guatemala.  It is making a difference.   We are able to reach more and more women and their families every day.

We have a new super easy way that you can help out!  This actually may be win/win/win, because we will be helping you to de-clutter!

Maya Relief Foundation is now signed up with eBay’s Giving Works program. This means when any of us sell on eBay, we can designate anywhere from 10-100% of the proceeds to Maya Relief!  It’s very easy.  PayPal pays Maya Relief directly, so it’s no extra work for you as the seller, or Maya Relief as the recipient.   Also, eBay does not charge any fees for the percentage that is going to Maya Relief! 

Click HERE to check our current MAYA RELIEF Auctions!

As you can see, amazing auction items are already listed, all with a portion going to Maya Relief.  These are donations from
Fashionphile, a local supporter…But you can at any time list anything on eBay, from the comfort of your own home, and donate a portion from 10-100% to Maya Relief.

As a special kick off for a limited time, and as part of a Maya Relief virtual Auction, we have some wonderful volunteers who have offered to list your (and Fashionphile) items for us on eBay!  Fashionphile will be hosting this virtual auction fund raiser on eBay for Maya Relief, and it’s almost no work for you.  All you need is to take an inventory of items you would be willing to part with, that:

1)  Have a minimum $100 resale value.

2)  You are willing to donate 100% to Maya Relief.

3)  Items that are easy to ship (fit in to standard USPS shipping boxes)

Think iPods, iPhones, designer purses, laptops and other electronics, jewelry, watches, designer clothing or shoes, etc. etc. etc.

Please call Camber Hardy, Randie Reinhart, Karleen Reinhart or Sarah Davis by May 14, 2016 to arrange for drop-off or pick-up. Our volunteers will take care of the rest. We have a group of our Teens-Two-Teens that photograph, write eBay listings, package and respond to emails for these items every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday mornings.

Camber Hardy:       (619) 861-0587
Karleen Reinhart:   (858) 504-0521
Randie Reinhart:    (858) 504-0100 or (858) 759-9465
Sarah Davis:           (707) 688-3129

Thank you so much for all you do!  It will be fun to see these items go live on eBay!  We’ll send you the link when your item has been posted to eBay.   Your items will be available for sale to the millions of people who shop eBay every day!   We are so appreciative to Sarah Davis, who is making this a reality for us.  This can become an ongoing fund raiser for us and keep those stoves and water filters going in for the wonderful, but poor, Guatemalan Maya families.

We will give an update of our success at our upcoming General Meeting, which will be held Thursday, May 19th from 10:00 am until 11:30am at Randie’s home (5076 El Mirlo). We have 2 very special speakers you will not want to miss and our brunch will be a rare delight.  Please mark your calendars.

With much love and appreciation,

Randie Reinhart and the Board of Women2women


Tzub Family

Tubz FamilyOur names are Doño Crisanto Tzub and Doña Teresa Cuz de Chooca.  We live in Senatu outside of Carcha, Guatemala.  We are so happy to have our new stove and the benefits it will bring our family.

Thank you Maya Relief.

Doña Maria

Doña MariaMy name is Doña Maria and this is my son Estuardo.  We live in Pocola a small community outside of Coban, Guatemala.  This is my new stove.  My house was always filled with smoke and we were always looking for wood to burn for our fire but now my house doesn’t have any smoke in it and this stove uses so much less wood.  I am so happy.

Thank you Maya Relief.

Doña Marta

Doña MartaMy name is Doña Marta and these are my children Elvis and Maria Cu. I live in a little community outside of Coban, Guatemala named Sa’xayanaq. I love our new stove.  My kids don’t cough anymore like they use to and my eye’s don’t hurt anymore when I cook on this stove.  I love how we don’t have to use as much wood to cook  our meals and how quickly my new stove heats up and is ready to cook on.  I have more time now to spend helping with our business of grinding corn for others in our community.  This stove has changed my life.

Thank you Maya Relief.

Bluebird Boutique Fundraiser for Maya Relief Foundation

Blue Bird Boutique Fundraiser

Charity RUN for the Maya

5K Run for Water 2014

For many of us, CLEAN WATER is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it. Take a MORNING to PAUSE and RUN to help others that live without it.

Take a look out the video from last years event and see how much fun it was the for whole family.  This is an opportunity to get our kids involved!

Thank you for those who CAME and JOINED us by helping bring CLEAN WATER to the Maya this year!


The GIFT of being able to Breath without Smoke…

Smoke Filled Room

One Guatemalan couple with three small children worried because their baby boy and their youngest little daughter both had constant coughs and constant congestion. Respiratory problems are so common in Guatemala. The parents tried moving their open fire into a different area from where the children slept. They saw a doctor, a very drastic and expense step for them. But with all their efforts, they saw no improvement and the coughing continued. Finally they heard about the Eko stove and got one for their modest home. Almost immediately after they put in the stove, the children stopped coughing. Their health improved and the parents realized that the smoke and toxic gases from the open fire had been causing the respiratory problems. With the Eko-stove the smoke filling the air inside their house was removed completely along with the toxic gases. As soon as the children’s lungs could catch a clean breath of air, they began to clear up. The coughing has stopped and the children have more energy and are growing physically as they should. Ironically the mother now has her stove right in the room where they sleep, eat and live. Now she can cook and tend to the children at the same time. Her children have no more coughs and are thriving.

5K run for the Maya

runformayans Logo

Our 5K Run for Water event will benefit many Maya families by providing them with much needed water purifiers.  Maya Relief Foundation’s Women2Women group works to help the 1.7 million indigenous Maya families in Guatemala to have clean water.  Your entry fee of $35 will give a family this life changing product, giving them at least 10 gallons of pure, fresh water each day.  Without this Ecofilter, their water must be boiled, using costly wood, creating smoke and toxic gases in their homes, and contributing to deforestation. Women and children suffer the most from these consequences and become the greatest benefactors of the eco-friendly Ecofilter. 100% of your donation will go directly to benefit these families and put them on the road to self-reliance and better health.

1. $35 per person or $70 per family

*as a reminder, any amount you donate today will go directly toward buying water filters and stoves for the Maya families – a Water-filter costs $35 and a stove costs $125

2. 5K race/walk (all ages welcome)

*medals for top 3 men/women and for top 3 male/female youth (under 16)

1 Mile Fun Run (ages 8- 14)

*medals for top 3 boys and girls

Diaper Dash (ages 0-8)

*medals for top 3 boys and girls

3. Timeline:

8am- registration

(sign-in and pick up your bib)

8:30- 5K begins

9:15- 1 Mile Fun Run begins

9:40- Diaper Dash

9:45- Medal ceremony for all races


Working together on the Garden

These women have the vision of community cooperation. Working shoulder to shoulder they are planting the seeds for a large group garden. They rented a parcel of land and are planting the different seeds for their first community harvest.  With this first crop of vegetables, such as lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, eggplant, carrots, etc., they will have their first supply of homegrown vegetables.  Instead of paying 3 Quetzales for a stubby little carrot of 3 inches or less in a neighboring market, they will have 6-8 inch, juicy carrots for all the families to share in the village.  The one man in the picture is one of our Socorro Maya “tecnicos,”  who has come to show them how to plant a variety of seeds to provide a more well balanced diet, especially for their children, and still have sufficient surplus to trade with other villages. This helps create a self sufficient village.

Garden Sustainable Ladies Planting (1)

Elderly Maya Ladies still have to work

Although colorful to watch, our hearts go out to the elderly Maya women who still must earn a living.  Here we have a widow in Chichicastenango receiving a few “monedas” for the sale of some vegetables grown on her own property in the hills.  Notice the old fashion scales she uses to weigh her produce.

Woman Poor Selling Produce Chichi

Maya Relief Virtual Auction on eBay

IMG_3062
Thank you so much for all you have done and are doing for the good women in Guatemala.  It is making a difference.   We are able to reach more and more women and their families every day.

We have a new super easy way that you can help out!  This actually may be win/win/win, because we will be helping you to de-clutter!

Maya Relief Foundation is now signed up with eBay’s Giving Works program. This means when any of us sell on eBay, we can designate anywhere from 10-100% of the proceeds to Maya Relief!  It’s very easy.  PayPal pays Maya Relief directly, so it’s no extra work for you as the seller, or Maya Relief as the recipient.   Also, eBay does not charge any fees for the percentage that is going to Maya Relief! 

Click HERE to check our current MAYA RELIEF Auctions!

As you can see, amazing auction items are already listed, all with a portion going to Maya Relief.  These are donations from
Fashionphile, a local supporter…But you can at any time list anything on eBay, from the comfort of your own home, and donate a portion from 10-100% to Maya Relief.

As a special kick off for a limited time, and as part of a Maya Relief virtual Auction, we have some wonderful volunteers who have offered to list your (and Fashionphile) items for us on eBay!  Fashionphile will be hosting this virtual auction fund raiser on eBay for Maya Relief, and it’s almost no work for you.  All you need is to take an inventory of items you would be willing to part with, that:

1)  Have a minimum $100 resale value.

2)  You are willing to donate 100% to Maya Relief.

3)  Items that are easy to ship (fit in to standard USPS shipping boxes)

Think iPods, iPhones, designer purses, laptops and other electronics, jewelry, watches, designer clothing or shoes, etc. etc. etc.

Please call Camber Hardy, Randie Reinhart, Karleen Reinhart or Sarah Davis by May 14, 2016 to arrange for drop-off or pick-up. Our volunteers will take care of the rest. We have a group of our Teens-Two-Teens that photograph, write eBay listings, package and respond to emails for these items every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday mornings.

Camber Hardy:       (619) 861-0587
Karleen Reinhart:   (858) 504-0521
Randie Reinhart:    (858) 504-0100 or (858) 759-9465
Sarah Davis:           (707) 688-3129

Thank you so much for all you do!  It will be fun to see these items go live on eBay!  We’ll send you the link when your item has been posted to eBay.   Your items will be available for sale to the millions of people who shop eBay every day!   We are so appreciative to Sarah Davis, who is making this a reality for us.  This can become an ongoing fund raiser for us and keep those stoves and water filters going in for the wonderful, but poor, Guatemalan Maya families.

We will give an update of our success at our upcoming General Meeting, which will be held Thursday, May 19th from 10:00 am until 11:30am at Randie’s home (5076 El Mirlo). We have 2 very special speakers you will not want to miss and our brunch will be a rare delight.  Please mark your calendars.

With much love and appreciation,

Randie Reinhart and the Board of Women2women


Tzub Family

Tubz FamilyOur names are Doño Crisanto Tzub and Doña Teresa Cuz de Chooca.  We live in Senatu outside of Carcha, Guatemala.  We are so happy to have our new stove and the benefits it will bring our family.

Thank you Maya Relief.

Doña Maria

Doña MariaMy name is Doña Maria and this is my son Estuardo.  We live in Pocola a small community outside of Coban, Guatemala.  This is my new stove.  My house was always filled with smoke and we were always looking for wood to burn for our fire but now my house doesn’t have any smoke in it and this stove uses so much less wood.  I am so happy.

Thank you Maya Relief.

Doña Marta

Doña MartaMy name is Doña Marta and these are my children Elvis and Maria Cu. I live in a little community outside of Coban, Guatemala named Sa’xayanaq. I love our new stove.  My kids don’t cough anymore like they use to and my eye’s don’t hurt anymore when I cook on this stove.  I love how we don’t have to use as much wood to cook  our meals and how quickly my new stove heats up and is ready to cook on.  I have more time now to spend helping with our business of grinding corn for others in our community.  This stove has changed my life.

Thank you Maya Relief.

Bluebird Boutique Fundraiser for Maya Relief Foundation

Blue Bird Boutique Fundraiser

Charity RUN for the Maya

5K Run for Water 2014

For many of us, CLEAN WATER is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it. Take a MORNING to PAUSE and RUN to help others that live without it.

Take a look out the video from last years event and see how much fun it was the for whole family.  This is an opportunity to get our kids involved!

Thank you for those who CAME and JOINED us by helping bring CLEAN WATER to the Maya this year!


The GIFT of being able to Breath without Smoke…

Smoke Filled Room

One Guatemalan couple with three small children worried because their baby boy and their youngest little daughter both had constant coughs and constant congestion. Respiratory problems are so common in Guatemala. The parents tried moving their open fire into a different area from where the children slept. They saw a doctor, a very drastic and expense step for them. But with all their efforts, they saw no improvement and the coughing continued. Finally they heard about the Eko stove and got one for their modest home. Almost immediately after they put in the stove, the children stopped coughing. Their health improved and the parents realized that the smoke and toxic gases from the open fire had been causing the respiratory problems. With the Eko-stove the smoke filling the air inside their house was removed completely along with the toxic gases. As soon as the children’s lungs could catch a clean breath of air, they began to clear up. The coughing has stopped and the children have more energy and are growing physically as they should. Ironically the mother now has her stove right in the room where they sleep, eat and live. Now she can cook and tend to the children at the same time. Her children have no more coughs and are thriving.

5K run for the Maya

runformayans Logo

Our 5K Run for Water event will benefit many Maya families by providing them with much needed water purifiers.  Maya Relief Foundation’s Women2Women group works to help the 1.7 million indigenous Maya families in Guatemala to have clean water.  Your entry fee of $35 will give a family this life changing product, giving them at least 10 gallons of pure, fresh water each day.  Without this Ecofilter, their water must be boiled, using costly wood, creating smoke and toxic gases in their homes, and contributing to deforestation. Women and children suffer the most from these consequences and become the greatest benefactors of the eco-friendly Ecofilter. 100% of your donation will go directly to benefit these families and put them on the road to self-reliance and better health.

1. $35 per person or $70 per family

*as a reminder, any amount you donate today will go directly toward buying water filters and stoves for the Maya families – a Water-filter costs $35 and a stove costs $125

2. 5K race/walk (all ages welcome)

*medals for top 3 men/women and for top 3 male/female youth (under 16)

1 Mile Fun Run (ages 8- 14)

*medals for top 3 boys and girls

Diaper Dash (ages 0-8)

*medals for top 3 boys and girls

3. Timeline:

8am- registration

(sign-in and pick up your bib)

8:30- 5K begins

9:15- 1 Mile Fun Run begins

9:40- Diaper Dash

9:45- Medal ceremony for all races


Working together on the Garden

These women have the vision of community cooperation. Working shoulder to shoulder they are planting the seeds for a large group garden. They rented a parcel of land and are planting the different seeds for their first community harvest.  With this first crop of vegetables, such as lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, eggplant, carrots, etc., they will have their first supply of homegrown vegetables.  Instead of paying 3 Quetzales for a stubby little carrot of 3 inches or less in a neighboring market, they will have 6-8 inch, juicy carrots for all the families to share in the village.  The one man in the picture is one of our Socorro Maya “tecnicos,”  who has come to show them how to plant a variety of seeds to provide a more well balanced diet, especially for their children, and still have sufficient surplus to trade with other villages. This helps create a self sufficient village.

Garden Sustainable Ladies Planting (1)

Elderly Maya Ladies still have to work

Although colorful to watch, our hearts go out to the elderly Maya women who still must earn a living.  Here we have a widow in Chichicastenango receiving a few “monedas” for the sale of some vegetables grown on her own property in the hills.  Notice the old fashion scales she uses to weigh her produce.

Woman Poor Selling Produce Chichi