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The New Mayas Society
Supporting the School for New Mayas (Centro de Formacion Nueves Mayas), a community-founded middle and high school in the village of Xix in the Guatemala highlands.
New Mayas

In the words of Jose Itzep Ixcotoyac (translated): 

          When we speak of New Mayas, we speak of actively assuming our destiny. 
          We speak of a new manner of relating to all that surrounds us. 
           We educate our students to forge a more just society, better able to confront
                the challenges which the future will bring. 
           In the School for New Mayas, we weave our spirituality into modern life. Our
                values may evolve, but they never lose their power.
Special efforts are made to recruit young women student, whose families are often reluctant to send them to school past the primary years.  Sociological studies conducted in developing countries around the world have concluded that educating girls into the upper grades results in the greatest benefits to families and communities in areas of increased health, economic development and achievement.
For more information about New Mayas, go to  Please call 314-602-8065 for specific questions and further discussion.  For more information about the school, go to 
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Eco-Hotel:  A four bedroom hotel on the school campus is available for persons who want to stay a day or two, or perhaps for a longer visit.  For more information click here
Affiliation with IFCLA:  In 2011 IFCLA agreed to serve as the fiscal sponsor for The New Mayas Society.  In 2015, New Mayas found another sponsor who is registered both in the U.S. and Guatemala. Qualified donations to the New Mayas Society are tax deductible under IRS regulations.  [Go to]
You can still contribute to New Mayas through IFCLA.  Please make out checks to IFCLA, and write Guatemala in the "memo" section.  Mail to:  IFCLA,  438 N. Skinker Blvd., Saint Louis, MO  63130 
For More Information, please call 314-602-8065 or write to  Mary Lois Sennewald c/o IFCLA.
Accompanying the people of Latin America in their struggles for human rights and social justice since 1982
438 North Skinker Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri
(314) 721-2977
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Responding to a request for funding in 2009 by the school's founder and director, Jose Itzep Ixcotoyac, a group of friends incorporatedThe New Mayas Society. Its purpose is to raise money for scholarships and living expenses for students from remote rural villages in the improverished Ixil region of the state of El Quiche. The Missouri-based non-profit also helps fund teachers' salaries, school operating expenses and special needs.

The School for New Mayas offers an accredited academic program linked with vocational training as well as instruction in traditional Mayan values and culture.