Maya Health Alliance is a proud recipient of New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof’s Holiday Impact Prize, awarded to a select handful of top nonprofits this year.


Help provide life saving cancer screening and treatment to Maya women.


Cervical cancer is preventable and treatable,
yet screenings and treatment are difficult to access and are
expensive in low- and middle-income countries like Guatemala.

Maya Health has been a pioneer in delivering effective cervical cancer
screening and treatment to indigenous Maya communities.
Since 2014, we have accomplished the following:


Women screened by Maya Health


Women Treated for Abnormalities


Women Received Pre-cancer Treatment


Women Treated for Cervical Cancer

Our approach to cervical cancer is built on four principles:

“Diseases are for people who have money, and I don’t have any money.”

-Dona Mayra, diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 59

Similar to Mayra, thousands of Mayan women face barriers that make care in the public system inaccessible. In developed nations like the U.S., lives lost to cervical cancer are rare thanks to education and access to effective screening and treatment. Over 90% of the deaths from cervical cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries like Guatemala where screening and treatment are difficult to access and too expensive.

Thanks to generous donations, Maya Health Alliance is able to provide essential and complex healthcare for indigenous Mayan women.

The Holiday Impact Prize will advance Maya Health Alliance’s important work preventing and treating cervical cancer, a leading cause of death in Guatemala.

Dollars contributed will allow Maya Health Alliance to expand services to more women through:
Cancer Testing and
Native Language Health Education


About the Holiday Impact Prize

Since 2009, New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof has written an annual “holiday gift guide” column to bridge a philanthropic gap: readers who wanted to help but didn’t know how, and heroic individuals and organizations who desperately needed resources but were off donors’ radar. The column has helped raise the profiles of organizations that work on the very issues he covers in his journalism—health, education, human rights and women’s rights, both domestically and abroad.
This year’s column comes with an exciting new twist. A reader has committed $100,000 to a new Holiday Impact Prize Kristof will award to his top winner among the nonprofits he showcases each of the next ten years. And two other supporters have contributed $50,000 to be equally split among three runners-up.
The $150,000 in 2019 prize money is a call to action for others to join in supporting Kristof’s appeal. All funds raised by January 1, 2020 will be pooled so that these remarkable organizations can accomplish the impacts outlined above.


Every donation supports high quality healthcare in Guatemala for some of the most vulnerable people!
Thank you for being a part of our team to save lives and transform communities. We can’t do this without you!

Right now, you can Double Your Impact! This holiday season the first $75,000 in donations will be DOUBLED by our generous Board of Directors!