This private program is a gift of “things” (backpacks, school supplies, uniforms) and not of money (which could be spent on other basic necessities or liquor) from the sponsors – snowbirds, ex-pats and locals – and is NOT a Mexican government program. We stress that the program is a reward to promising students – not charity – and that each student in the program has earned it with their good grades.
The students must follow these rules in order to continue to receive their annual help:
(1) maintain an average GPA of at least 8.0 and provide us with copies of their report cards each time they receive them during the year.
(2) write a thank you letter to their padrinos (sponsors) which we translate, mailing the sponsor the letters in both languages.
Every peso (or dollar) a sponsor donates to a specific child goes directly to that student. Pictures, envelopes, and postage do not come out of his/her account. And, we have no electricity, phone, gasoline, or salary expenses.
If you are not prepared to commit to a student, you might consider an “open fund donation” which we use to get the teachers’ supplies and for special cases.
Each child who has a sponsor receives: A brand-new backpack, ALL their school supplies – notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, colored pencils, pencil box, scissors, 100 sheets of white bond paper, a calculator (scientific or basic), dictionary, geometry set, liquid paper, glue sticks, USB stick (secondary school/prepa), etc., plus 3 uniform blouses/shirts, 2 pairs of pants or skirts, school shoes, 3 pairs of socks, a hoodie, gym uniform and a Christmas/winter present – a book and game, educational toy or sports equipment.
How much it costs per year per student:
Primary school (grades 2 – 6) $145 USD
Secondary school (grades 7 – 9) $175 USD
Prepa (grades 10 -12) $225 USD
University $1,200 USD
There are similiar programs in Chuburná, Progreso, Chicxulub and Cholul. To contact a coordinator and participate in a program in the village of your choice, contact:
[email protected] (62 students),
[email protected] in Chuburnaá (68 students)
[email protected] in Progreso (73 students)
www.educateyucatan.org in Cholul (66 students)
[email protected] in Chicxulub
Read more about donating and volunteering in Yucatán.