An estimated 370 million indigenous peoples live in more than 70 countries worldwide.
They represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories. Yet indigenous peoples continue to be the most marginalized population group and greatest minority worldwide. Already underserved, the Mayan population is denied support from their national government and the natural resources residing on their traditional land is a target for state revenue. Furthermore, children born into indigenous families often live in remote areas where the government does not invest in basic social services. As a result, indigenous populations have limited to no access to health care or quality education.
Maya Medical Project is a health initiative of Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, an accredited 501(c)3 non-governmental organization located in the state of Nebraska that collaborates with local organizations and educational institutions to promote spiritual enrichment, cultural awareness, ongoing education, and improved access to health care for the Maya community living in Omaha and Guatemala. As a whole, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim functions to celebrate and showcase the Mayan culture, build confidence within their communities, teach their children the Mayan worldview and traditions, as well as promote cross-cultural friendships.
In August of 2015, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim founded the Maya Medical Project to address the crisis of poverty and inadequate health care needs of the Mayan communities living in Guatemala. Maya Medical Project specifically stands to raise awareness on the crisis of poverty, historical injustice, inadequate health care, and lack of access to formal education for the indigenous Mayan population living in Northern Guatemala. This inadequacy in access of basic needs is based on colonial era dehumanization of indigenous peoples in the Western hemisphere and is an important global issue to be addressed.
Maya Medical Project is the first long-term partnership developed with the Ancestral Q’anjob’al Mayan Government that is dedicated to helping them empower and develop their own communities. We provide the long-term resources for medical aid and health care access through the Medical Relief Program, as well as scholarships and school funding through the Scholarship Program.