The GFA is a charity for families living in Britain, who have adopted or are in the process of adopting children from Guatemala. Our primary goal is to support internationally adopted Guatemalan children, now living in Britain, actively to keep a connection with and understand their roots and Guatemalan culture. We are also happy to help, with our own experiences, those in the process of Guatemalan adoption.

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As a member you'll be able to meet other adopters; access the site; access support; go to regular social events and get our newsletter.

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Fuego Appeal

Your help is urgently needed. The eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala has killed large numbers and wiped out whole villages.  Thousands of villagers have seen their homes and crops completely destroyed, their livestock killed and land made uninhabitable. The GFA has launched this appeal to raise funds in the UK to help the victims rebuild their lives.

On Sunday 3 June, the Fuego volcano near the old colonial capital of Antigua erupted.  A pyroclastic cloud rushed down the mountainside overwhelming villages, followed by a torrent of lava and huge quantities of ash. At least 100 people are known to have died and many more are missing.

Parenting the Adopted Teenager

09/02/2019 12:30

  A workshop on the teenage years which examines adolescence and the impact adoption has on this challenging time for both teenager and parent. Jan Way is a social worker and trainer with over 30 years experience in inter country adoption. She is an adoptee herself and a parent of a child adopted from overseas. This parent only workshop is organised by the GFA, but is open to all adopters with children nearing their teens or in their teens. Please forward details of the workshop to anyone who might be interested.

Chiraxaj - a profile of the village we're supporting


·       Chiraxaj (pronounced Chi-ra-shaj) is located 4 miles from the municipal seat of Santa Apolonia in the northern part of the department of Chimaltenango, and has 45 families (population around 250).


·       Chiraxaj means “the place of the horsetail plant” because there are many of these plants around the village.


·       It is a Kakchiquel community that has not received any support from the Guatemalan government and so there is a lack of access to basic services.


·       The community was founded in the 1930s.


·       The families’ main productive activity is agriculture, growing mainly corn and beans, but also potatoes, carrots, strawberries, cauliflower and other vegetables.


First phase of the project completed!

The first phase of the project to supply clean water to families in Chiraxaj, a small village in Guatemala, has been completed on schedule. Members of the GFA have been busy fundraising to supply the village with clean piped water. The second phase to supply families with grey water filters, better sanitation and safer, more fuel efficient stoves will start next month. Many thanks to everyone helping to make this all a reality! Your help is transforming people's lives. 

Fundraising news

This summer many of our members are fundraising to support Chiraxaj, a small village in Guatemala. The fantastic news is we just have sent out over £24,000 to ALDEA , one of the charities we support, and we now need to raise about £6,000 by October to fund the whole project (piped water, improved sanitation, grey water filters, and safer stoves). 

All the details about the project are attached below.  If you're being sponsored for a event, the best way is to use My Donate (see link on the left).

Thanks for your support!

How to spot untrustworthy resources on the Maya

Studying the Ancient Maya is part of the curriculum for Key Stage 2. Here's a great article by Dr Diane Davies about how to spot untrustworthy resources relating to the Maya:

Her website is incredibly informative and is regularly updated with new resources. 

Were the Mayas the ultimate ancient civilisation

Were the Mayas the ultimate ancient civilisation?

Ahead of a major exhibition, Alastair Smart explains why we remain so fascinated by this magnificent, mysterious and bloodthirsty people

Great short film about two courageous girl leaders

An inspiring short film about two young leaders living in rural Guatemala.

Michael Sheen’s video diary from Guatemala

Michael Sheen’s video diary from Guatemala

Michael Sheen / Children in Danger, Guatemala, Michael Sheen, 12 March 2015

Unicef UK Ambassador Michael Sheen has just returned from Guatemala

Girl Power in Guatemala

Interesting articles about a film:

Coffee Rust devastates Guatemalan Coffee Crops   Guatemala has declared a state of agricultural emergency after a coffee tree fungus blighted about 70% of the national crop.Coffee rust

GUATEMAYA-The Unification of Wisdom

17/12/2012 13:36

“This is not the end of the world, but the return of the ancestral wisdom”. Journey into the heart of the Maya today, to discover what their message is for the world. Contemporary society has developed a fascination with the Mayan Calendar, and culture, but we rarely hear the voice of the Maya themselves.

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