Almost half of Mexico consists of mountainous terrain where thousands of small communities live in isolation and economic deprivation.
While basic education is theoretically guaranteed to all Mexicans, in reality the government struggles to reach these communities, which are often of indigenous origin.
The fifth largest state in Mexico by surface area, and one of the poorest, Oaxaca cuts across the southern Sierra Madre mountain range.
Its great size and difficult topography make the provision of water, electricity, health and education extremely challenging.
The Foundation has established a working relationship with CONAFE´s Coordination in Santa Maria Huatulco, an area that includes 100 schools, and with CONAFE´s Coordination in San Pedro Pochutla which has more than 200 schools, covering 10 municipalities of Oaxaca.
Santa María Huatulco, Pluma Hidalgo, San Miguel del Puerto, Santiago Xanica, San Mateo Piña, San Pedro Pochutla, Candelaria Loxicha, San Agustín Loxicha, San Mateo Río Hondo, San Pedro el Alto, Santa María Colotepec, Santa María Tonameca y Santo Domingo de Morelos.
1- Santa María Huatulco
2- San Pedro Pochutla
In collaboration with the CONAFE Educational Authority in the Santa María Huatulco and San Pedro Pochutla districts, we work with parents to help them determine their deepest areas of need, and devise achievable and practical solutions. Our role is to assist with planning and design, and to provide construction materials and expert labor.
The foundation’s school improvement initiative includes project planning, architectural design, construction, and classroom furnishing.
The implementation of technology in schools includes installation of transmission towers, antennas, iPads and Smart TVs and frequent training of the teachers by our team.
The role of each community is to donate the land for construction, to provide unskilled labor, and to volunteer on multiple fronts as needed. The role both sides are expected to play is sealed in a formal agreement.
Everyone in the community participates. To equip each school with technology, parents support by raising the equipment of the towers to the great hills and with the cleaning of the area where the towers and antennas will be placed
We have defined four areas of focus that we believe
are most important to these rural communities.
We believe in the improvement of schools to create dignified conditions that foster an environment that encourages students to learn and teachers to teach. This includes not only the classroom environment but also sports and other extracurricular activities.
We strive to empower community members to become more financially independent by fostering vocational opportunities.
We believe in the importance of dental and medical health for every child in the community.
We believe that integration to the outside world through the provision of internet enabled information is key to eliminating the isolation that contributes to economic hardship in these communities.
Each dollar or peso you can donate to these causes has an immediate impact on hundreds of lives.
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