Monday, May 16, 2011


G.I.F.T. is a small Canadian NGO dedicated to the health care of the indigenous Maya population in the lake Atitlán region of Guatemala.
G.I.F.T. was founded by Doctor Lyle Waldman, a Montreal doctor, who was charmed by this region and its inhabitants. That is why, for the past several years, G.I.F.T. organizes mobile clinics in the villages of the department of Sololá. Pregnant women, mothers, children, and the elderly have been G.I.F.T.'s chief priority since its creation. 
Doctor Lyle Waldman and his team of volunteer healthcare specialists, offer free medical consultations to the neediest people of this department. The group arrives early in the morning, sets up in a community center or school, opens several private offices and sees people with an assortment of health problems that have gone untreated, due to a lack of money.
G.I.F.T. works in conjunction with some local associations that help to coordinate good and effective medical clinics, permitting it to care for 2000 to 2500 patients yearly. About 20% of these will need further care and are referred to a private clinic in Panajachel.
More information can be obtained from their website

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cojolya - Open-house, fundraiser and raffle

Dear friends,

Cojolya has been in existence for over a quarter of a century, "growing-up" with many of you in Atitlan.   The Association has witnessed children become parents, parents become grandparents, and has celebrated with you in the welcoming of a new generation of children in our community. 

For this reason, we will be launching an adorable line of products for youngins or for those simply "young at heart" to recognize the many generations which Cojolya embraces.  

We hope that you will join us on Saturday, October 2nd for an open-house/fundraiser and raffle, A Celebration of Generations, to launch our new line of cuddly toys which have been lovingly hand-made by the women weavers of our Association and to re-visit our "classic" products.

If you are unable to attend the celebration, but would like to purchase raffle tickets to support the Cojolya Association, please contact Candis, Francesca or Amanda.

Best wishes,
The Board of Directors of Cojolya
Tel: 5892-3348