“I visit the school each year with gifts, books and school supplies from our school and I am able to see what has been accomplished with the funds raised and take pictures to share with the students in Canada. The parents of the students at the adopted schools are very appreciative of our efforts. It is very rewarding for students in Canada to actually see what their fundraising efforts have accomplished. Adopting a school with the Bacaanda Foundation is a hands-on, rewarding project.»
– Mary Donaldson, Big Rock School.
Students writing to their sister school penpals
In our Sister Schools program rural Mexican schools are paired with schools abroad or in more developed parts of Mexico. The sister schools fundraise for the needs of their rural school partners and the two can exchange letters, or in schools with internet availability (see our Intelligent Rural Schools page!), can Skype to connect students at the two schools. The greater intercultural understanding and friendships developed through these relationships benefit both schools.
A sister school relationship can involve one classroom, a school, or an entire community.
Please contact us if you’re interested in developing a sister school relationship between your home school and one of our rural schools. We can help with informational materials and fundraising ideas. Join us!
The Navigate School school organized several fundraisers to build a soccer and basketball court in Granadillo. The school has also organized computer and sports goods drives. The kids enjoy learning about each other through letters sent between the schools.
Each Valentine’s Day the children at Big Rock School hold a «HeartMarket» where they sell items they have made to the students and parents in the school. One third of the funds raised goes to the Bacaanda Foundation to help the Barrio La Union 1 School. Over the past few years funds raised by the students have painted the school, put in ceiling fans, poured a concrete sidewalk to the school and renovated the teacher washroom and shower.
Big Rock School
Adopted by the Big Rock sister school, this rural school has seen much of its infrastructure improved thanks to fundraising efforts.
This Canadian school organized several fundraisers to build a soccer and basketball court in Granadillo. The school has also organized computer and sports goods drives.
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