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Opportunities to Donate and Volunteer

06 april 2012
8 min. de lectura
Many people have the habit of donating to organizations or to the less fortunate when they travel. Here is a list of places to consider when thinking about where to give your donations. You can make a one-time donation or be a regular donor. Many of these organizations also have volunteer opportunities.

Support for Mayan communities

Hacienda Chichén has projects that support Mayan children, families, and community needs in towns near Chichén Itzá. They work with Yucatán Adventure, a website dedicated to helping. You can help them continue their

Children's Malnutrition Prevention Program at the Xcalacoop Health Center by donating food, used clothing, or placing an advertisement on its social volunteer website www.yucatanadventure.com.mx. They recently purchased and installed new septic systems for the bathrooms at Xcalacoop Elementary School.


Yokdzonot Community

Chichén Services and Yaxkin Spa at Hacienda Chichén have joined forces to support the Cenote and Yodzonot Community Eco-Park project that a small group of local Mayan women have organized with great care and commitment. Promote online news and articles about your eco-park, and your efforts and dedication to ensuring it is successful. It is a true story of faith, determination, and hope. For more information contact info@yucatanadventure.com.mx


Children's Scholarship Program

In Progreso, there is a fantastic program, Progreso Apoyo, where it helps keep children in public schools who do not have the money to pay for their studies. School is free, but all students need uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies. The money received from each specific sponsor is used for a student to make purchases. Each sponsor receives photos and thank you letters from the sponsored child. The program also accepts monetary donations that go into a general fund, available to any child who exceeds their support limit. The program began in 2002 and the number of sponsored children grows each year. Students must maintain an average of 8 in school. Call (969) 935 3551. Email: kbmorgan_99@yahoo.com



In Cholul, there is a program called "educaTE Yucatan" Contact: educateyucatan@gmail.com

Telchac Education

In Telchac Puerto, there is a program like the one mentioned above in Progreso, supporting children with their backpacks and school supplies. telchaceducation@yahoo.com


Chicxulub Food Bank

This altruistic program is a food bank that began in November 2005 to respond to a need identified in Chicxulub. In this town of 6,000 inhabitants, the main industry is fishing, a job that depends on the weather, and with the hurricane and northern seasons, the port is closed for a long time, and you cannot fish. If there is no fishing, there is no money. Therefore, there are many families with limited resources to take care of themselves. There are grown-up people who depend on their children to take care of themselves and help them daily. Chicxulub is a Progreso police station and receives funds for its Progreso programs. There is a great need to help people suffering from many forms of poverty. For this project, a family can be a single mother with children, an elderly person living alone, traditional families, and anyone in need. On the 15th of each month these families receive a food pantry. The bag contains 900 gm of beans, 900 gm of rice, 500 ml of cooking oil, 900 gm of sugar, 500 gm of biscuits, 500 gm of laundry soap, 2 liters of milk powder, 400 gm of pasta, and 250 gm of salt. How you can help: You can "adopt" a family for a year. The cost is 600 pesos per year per family for a monthly pantry. Investigate your and your grandchildren's closets! You can also donate shoes and jeans, school supplies, and blankets. Contact: Tel. (969) 934 0558

Email: shelgason@hotmail.com
Web: http://chixfoodbank.com/index.htm


Save the Children Save the Children is an international organization with a presence in more than 120 countries and one of the most important worldwide that works to defend children's rights. It contributes to the comprehensive development of children and adolescents, with particular attention to the most vulnerable social groups, so that they acquire in their educational process the knowledge, habits, understanding of their rights and the ethical values that they require to fully realize themselves. in the course of their evolution and become productive citizens who build their own lives. We have projects in 4 municipalities of Yucatán serving more than 5,300 boys and girls. We are continually looking for volunteers who can join this movement for children. Mission: Inspire advances in the way the world treats children, and make immediate and lasting change in their lives. Vision: A world in which every child has the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Save the Children Yucatán, Calle 25 No. 198A by 16 and 18 Colonia García Ginerés, Mérida, Yucatán. C.P.: 97070. Telephone 999 920 55 33. Web: www.savethechildrenyucatan.com Facebook: Save the Children in Yucatán. Twitter: @MIDsavechildren. Make your monthly donation charged to your credit card. Your receipt is tax deductible: HSBC account number 4042165936.


Open Arms - help for people with HIV/AIDS

Brazos Abiertos is a Houston-based organization that works in Yucatecan towns offering education on AIDS prevention to young people. They have active educational programs, and raise funds. They need your help; the need is great. Contact: Dr. Carlos Cabrera Cel. (999) 292 8436. Email: carlos@hivyucatan.org

Web: www.hivyucatan.org

Medical assistance and prevention

We are a private non-profit assistance institution: K’inich Ajaw I.A.P Foundation. Born in 2013 with the purpose of supporting people with limited resources and in vulnerable situations, we have several programs to try to reduce different ills that afflict the population, as well as help throughout the Mexican Republic in the areas of PREVENTION, EDUCATION , NUTRITION. Through our programs we want to raise awareness, educate and care for the population vulnerable to different diseases. Our projects, with the support of your donations, will allow us to preventively diagnose breast cancer in women vulnerable to this disease. With our mobile medical unit equipped with a mammogram, the analyzes will be performed immediately. With the portable analysis equipment, results will be delivered in a few minutes. for different conditions. Calle 10 #251 Col. Vista Alegre, Merida, Tel. 999 196 1013. Lada toll-free (01 800) 841 8213. www.kinichajaw.com


AFAD - Help for unprotected animals

In Mérida, one of the most effective rescue and shelter organizations is AFAD, Albergue Franciscano del Animal Desprotegido AC. This non-profit association was created in 1994. Supported solely by donations and volunteer work, AFAD works to improve the situation of animals through rescue of animals in danger, reporting abuse, and development of campaigns (adoption, sterilization, education , etc.), among many others.

Tel. 9205019.
Web: afad.org.mx

Email: afadmerida@gmail.com



Evolucion is a sanctuary for dogs that have suffered abuse, mistreatment or abandonment. It is located south of the city of Mérida, on the road to Umán. Evolución is a small non-profit organization consisting of its founder, Silvia, and a few volunteers. They receive no assistance from the government and the sanctuary actually exists through the kindness of individuals who care about the well-being of the animals. Although Evolución exists as a shelter and sanctuary for unwanted animals, its main objective is education. They promote spay and neuter clinics and programs available to the entire community, as well as campaigns against animal violence and cruelty and environmental awareness. Tel. Silvia Cortes - 9991-93-06-28. Email: info@evolucionyucatan.com
Web: http://www.evolucionyucatan.com/ To see the pet of the week for adoption.


Protection of Dogs and Cats

In Progreso, the Progreso Dog and Cat Protection organization is working on the construction of its clinic near Rancho San Pedro in Chicxulub. Their immediate goal is to collect cats and dogs, sterilize them, and after their recovery, return them to the direction where they were found to continue their lives in a more noble way. With the money raised, construction of the building has begun, but there is still a long way to go. Contact: Email: kbmorgan_99@yahoo.com


Green Merida

Mérida Verde is an organization that promotes sustainability in all aspects of life in Mérida. Contact: julieh.hoover@gmail.com

Elderly Shelter

We would like to introduce you to a nursing home in Progreso that would appreciate your help and generosity. The official name is the Elderly Hostel in Progreso, A.C., but it is better known as the San Joaquín Elderly Hostel. There are currently 55 residents. These elderly people are people who are, for the most part, healthy when they enter, but who can no longer care for themselves. Their families, for various reasons, cannot or will not help them, although many of the residents simply have no family at all. Although the house is located in Progreso, most of the residents are from Mérida or the interior of the state. Most have been brought to the shelter by someone, but there are also cases where the person is in a desperate state of need. The shelter has an agreement with the O'Horán hospital in Mérida for when health problems require hospitalization. Between Progreso and Chicxulub, next to Prepa México. Tel. (969) 935 1209 President of the Board of Trustees: José Icaza Chavez. Email: jicaza@aspel.com.mx Tel: (999) 948 3060



Pronatura Yucatán Peninsula focus on the conservation of important ecosystems in Yucatán and with endangered species. http://www.pronatura-ppy.org.mx/


Tumakat Contemporary Dance A.C. is a non-profit civil association that aims to promote, disseminate and publicize contemporary dance as an artistic expression and its professionalization in the region and its projection in the rest of the country and abroad through the creation, production and dissemination of choreographic works, teaching and professional training as well as the promotion of cultural and artistic exchange. Despite being a young organization, the high artistic level that it represents and its commitment to dance has allowed it to perform in important forums and festivals in the country and join the efforts to disseminate and professionalize dance in Yucatan and Mexico. In addition, they have an artistic residency program and offer workshops for the community as well as body expression classes for children. Due to the artistic and non-profit nature of its organization, the participation and support of institutions and the community is essential to ensure the success and continuity of its activities. For more information: tumakat@gmail.com or in the studio: Calle 51 # 475 A x 54 y 52, Centro, Tel. 999 271 3311.


If you have an organization that you would like to promote on this page, please let us know through our contact page or directly by email: info@yucatantoday.com

We want to thank all the people traveling to Mérida who have contacted us to ask what is needed in Yucatán to be able to bring it with them on their trip. Thank you so much!

Alicia Navarrete

Author: Alicia Navarrete

Communicologist born circumstantially in México City, but who says “uay” since 1985. Life has allowed me to see the world, which in turn has allowed me to discover how much I love the place where I live

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