AMACHAJUL: Chajul, Quiche, Guatemala


Asociación Maya Chajulense, AMACHAJUL Chajul, Quiche, Guatemala

Committed to Education and Support for a Brighter Future


Social Commitment

Respect for Nature and Cultural Diversity

Gender Equity


Asociación Maya Chajulense, AMACHAJUL

Chajul, Quiche, Guatemala

Comprometida con la Educación y Desarrollo para un brillante  futuro


Compromiso social

El respeto por la naturaleza y diversidad cultural

Equidad de género


We are a non-profit, apolitical Association, formed from the town of Chajul and different villages and hamlets of the Maya population, located in the Ixil region of northern Guatemala. We improve the quality of life for the Maya community and generate job opportunities through different projects and gender equality.

Our main activities focus on Education, Agriculture, Tourism Promotion, Handicrafts, Health and Food, with the purpose of improving the economy of the Mayan population of the lower class and generating opportunities for men and women of different Mayan ethnicity.


Somos una organización sin ánimo de lucro, Asociación apolítica, formada a partir de la población de Chajul y diferentes pueblos y aldeas de la población maya, ubicada en la región ixil del norte de Guatemala. Mejoramos la calidad de vida de la comunidad maya y generar oportunidades de empleo a través de diferentes proyectos y la igualdad de género.

Nuestras principales actividades se centran en Educación, Agricultura, Promoción de Turismo, Artesanía, la Salud y la Alimentación, con el propósito de mejorar la economía de la población maya de la clase baja y la generación de oportunidades para hombres y mujeres de diferentes etnias maya.





  • Improve the quality of life for the Maya community and generate job opportunities through different projects and gender equality.
  • Train professional men and women, Mayan entrepreneurs of peasant families, responsible, honest, able to generate, innovate, apply techniques and technologies to increase sustainability by optimizing agricultural production, tourism that is a source of social and economic development , maintaining a cultural tradition through crafts, and contributing to food security, education and health.
  • Support cultural and agricultural education with quality that achieves national basic and diversified requirements and achieve effective oral and written bilingualism so that students know and value their own culture.


    • Mejorar la calidad de vida de la comunidad maya y generar oportunidades de empleo a través de diferentes proyectos y la igualdad de género.
    • Formar hombres y mujeres profesionales, empresarios mayas de las familias campesinas, responsable, honesto, capaz de generar, innovar, aplicar técnicas y tecnologías para aumentar la sostenibilidad mediante la optimización de la producción agrícola, el turismo que es una fuente de desarrollo social y económico, el mantenimiento de una tradición cultural a través artesanías, y contribuyendo a la seguridad alimentaria, la educación y la salud.
    • Apoyar la educación cultural y agrícola con la calidad que alcanza los requisitos básicos y diversificados nacionales y lograr el bilingüismo oral y escrita efectiva para que los estudiantes conocen y valoran su propia cultura.


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     Objectives: Promote an intercultural bilingual education to all the indigenous populations of the State who attend the basic and diversified education, as well as promote the value that diversity represents a wealth to the State and nation.

    • Optimize the use of the human, material and financial resources.
    • Ensure opportunities for accesspermanence and school completion at different levels: secondary and diversified, for the Maya speakers.
    • Diversify and make more flexible educational services according to the needs and characteristics of the different groups of the population focused on young people who have disabilities and those who are in a situation of poverty.
    •  Objetivos:  Promover una educación intercultural bilingüe a todas las poblaciones indígenas del Estado que asisten a la educación básica y diversificada, así como promover el valor que la diversidad representa una riqueza para el Estado y la nación.
      • Optimizar el uso de los recursos humanos, materiales y económicos.
      • Garantizar oportunidades de accesopermanencia y finalización de los estudios en diferentes niveles: secundaria y diversificado, para los hablantes mayas.
      • Diversificar y hacer más flexibles educativas servicios de acuerdo a las necesidades y características de los diferentes grupos de la población se centró en los jóvenes que tienen discapacidades y los que están en una situación de pobreza.


Twenty four scholarship students attend public 7th grade evening school. The AMACHAJUL Education Casa provides enrichment, internet, tutoring and vocational skills training to the Maya Ixil Chajul scholars and for the Bridge Academy held during school vacations. Monthly Parent Education meetings are attended by parents of the scholarship students.

Veinticuatro estudiantes becados asisten 7 pública ª  escuela nocturna grado. La  Educación Casa AMACHAJUL  fuente de enriquecimiento, Internet, tutoría y capacitación profesional a los estudiosos Maya Ixil Chajul y de la Academia Puente celebrada durante las vacaciones escolares. Las reuniones mensuales de educación para padres son atendidos por los padres de los estudiantes becados.

Partnership with Parents 

Asociación con los Padres

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Maya Chajulense Association (AMAChajul): Committed to Development

Maya Chajulense Association (AMAChajul),  is Bright Star Philanthropy Partners new shared value Education and Community Development initiative in Chajul, Guatemala. AMAChajul Directors are Manuel Laynez, Mateo Canay and Esteban Yat.

AMAChajul.  Bright Star Philanthropy Partners and ADPGUA collaborated to provide a Mother’s Day celebration for 350 mothers and their young children who are not attending school.

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A clown show, traditional Ixil dances, surprises, basket gifts for the mothers, frisbees and other toys for the children, songs and games made for a celebration enjoyed by 350 mothers and their young children who would not have been able to participate in other Mother’s Day celebrations. A nutritious drink and snack were provided for all the mothers, children and performers.

Maya Ixil Chajul Scholars are sponsored by AMAChajul.  Twenty four scholarship students attend 7th grade evening school.  The AMAChajul Education Casa provides enrichment, internet, tutoring and vocational skills training to the Maya Ixil Chajul scholars.

Earth Day Activity and Workshop:

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Clean up community activity and workshop on nutritious foods and recipes with a shared meal

Science and Critical Thinking Workshop

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Chess Club for Boys and Girls

Bottle Gardens

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Organic compost bottle gardens at the Education Casa require careful watering and maintenance. Each student is responsible for their own bottle garden success. Seeds were provided by Seeds Programs International


Preventing Teen Pregnancy and Life Planning Workshop

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The Chajul NGO Friendly Spaces and a Peace Corp teacher sponsored this workshop on Life Planning and Preventing Teen Pregnancies.  The parents strongly supported this workshop for the twenty four Maya Ixil Chajul scholars at the Education Casa.

Maya Ixil Scholars Ak Tenamit Vocational Boarding School. 


All Five FIRST GIRLS Scholars successfully completed 8 courses in the first quarter.

The Maya Ixil Mobile Classroom is supported by Bright Star Philanthropy Partners.The mobile classroom is a van that transports the girls, a teacher, and male chaperone on the 15 hour trip to and from Chajul and Ak Tenamit.  Topics taught include safety at banos and bus stops, navigating the city, what to do if you are separated from the group, what to do in an emergency, where to eat and what to order from a menu, how to pay for your food, planning and making a budget for nutritious meals, with a stop at a market to practice safety, selecting and paying for food and clothing.

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Maya Ixil Ak Tenamit  Scholars, teacher and chaperone on the river dock in front of the girls’ dorm at the vocational boarding school Ak Tenamit, Guatemala.  The scholarships are sponsored by AMAChajul

Blue Sky Stewardship

Find out about AMAChajul’s exciting partnership with Blue Sky Stewardship, Montana in the next Blog.  Plans are underway for a Blue Sky Chajul ORCHARD. You will want to know about how you can sponsor a fruit tree in our new Fruit Trees Support Scholars opportunity.  

ECO -Volunteer where Ak Tenamit students do their Internships in Tourism. 

The RIOS FUND, GUATEMALA ECO-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: You can change the world, live in beautiful riverside lodge and work with the Q’eqchí Maya to help them escape extreme poverty and protect their stunning rainforest valley. Teach English to Mayan students, study Spanish with our teacher trainees or bring your unique experience to help any way you can.

Bright Star Philanthropy Partners (BSPP) is a shared value community development initiative of Bright Star Grant Consultants. BSPP identifies and supports Central American indigenous leaders to realize solutions that they design and execute with BSPP collaborations, technical assistance, and grants. BSPP ignites peer grant maker, non-profit, and corporate actors to create shared value solutions in collective impact poverty alleviation. 


Girl Gardens Grow Scholarhips

Thank you for your belief in us.     Educate the Girls!! 

Opportunity to support Girl Education is at this link:

♥Vocational Scholarships for Maya Ixil Youth Guatemala

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Most girls drop out by grade 3. They are needed to work in the home

Only a few girls finish 6th grade.  We have sacrificed to provide an education for our Daughters to finish grade 6.  Our Daughters have a passion to go to middle school.  Our families are very poor and cannot pay for the tuition, travel and school supplies.

Parents and girls met with the Maya Ixil Education Committee to ask if they could help us go to school. We want to study. We want to learn new skills. A plan was made for Girl Gardens Grow Scholars to raise money to pay for tuition and provide food for us and our families.

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Families receive Seeds donated by Seed Programs International 


Gardens start a cycle of self-sufficiency. Healthy harvests give food to eat and sell to help pay for scholarships.


The deep poverty and high malnutrition rates in the Ixil Maya region of Guatemala results in large numbers of migrant youth who try to cross the Mexico/US border in search of work to help their families. Girls are especially vulnerable to kidnapping, rape and sex trafficking. The alternative for many poor young girls is to become a child bride.

Maya Ixil families do not have the money to pay for tuition for their girls to attend school. $50 pays for tuition and supplies for a full school year at the local Public Evening School.

Girl Gardens Grow Scholarships in vertical Gardens with recycled plastic bottles and worm compost enriched soil. We thank our partner donors for your support.  You are in our prayers every day. Please help us pay for tuition, supplies and travel to Middle school   Girl Gardens Grow Scholarships . click to donate to Maya Ixil Scholarships


 YOUNG WOMEN from the remote mountain villages of Chel and Chajul, Guatemala are Maya Ixil Scholars at Ak Tenamit Vocational Boarding School.  They are FIRST GIRLS. It is a challenge to be a FIRST GIRL  Please partner with courage for these  young women with a donation at  

Click here to donate to Maya Ixil Scholarships

For more information contact Janet Bourque

Maya Ixil Education: Maya Glyph for Knowledge and Wisdom

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Together we can have a better future and not continue to suffer from extreme poverty. Together we can change our stories to one of hope, improved every day life and prosperity for  ourselves, our families and our beloved communities. 


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