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More Outreach Work

More Outreach Work

This winter, Carmita and Dara visited Pencuyut once again this time taking baby and wee children’s clothes and shoes.  This village of Pencuyut is an extremely poor region and are always delighted to receive help from us. I have talked about it before but it does not hurt to do so again. Pencuyut is a suburb of Tecoh.  Pencuyut originally was called ‘ cehn-yuc ‘ which is Maya for “well of the deer”. The legend says when the first inhabitants arrived they found many venison bones. It has approximately 2000 inhabitants; there are people of all ages. This area is more affected by the cold winters than we are along the Gulf.  It can get as cold as zero degrees so they enjoy the hats and sweaters we take them. The village maintains itself with milpas where the men grow and harvest corn. There are schools that teach from kindergarten to high school with telesecundaria being a satellite program via internet.  There are 3 high school teachers working with the young adults.  The Food Bank sent donations for the children and some adults and they were very...
Mentoring

Mentoring

What is Mentoring? Many of you have done this or experienced it in your life.  It simply means advising or training someone, especially a younger colleague. Well the Food Bank had the opportunity to help the first ever student to arrive in Chicxulub for a two week period with specific goals in mind. Let me introduce her. Sophie is a senior from Maine in her final year of high school “My name is Sophie and I am from Maine, US. I live in a rural town on the coast with my parents, my younger sister, and our dog. This is my fourth year coming to Progreso and Chixculub, but my first time getting involved in the community. My goals initially were to improve my Spanish, learn about the culture here, and work with young kids teaching English as a 2nd language. The reason I wanted to do this project was that even though I have been coming here for four years, I have never been involved in the community. I have only ever looked at Progreso and Chixculub through the eyes of a tourist and I wanted to see beyond the colorful buildings and stray dogs to meet people and learn more about the community. I spent a few mornings a week with Magda helping a few different kids with math and writing. This was harder than I expected as I didn’t understand most of what the kids were saying, and I don’t think they understood me either. I also attended two English classes at Andrés Quintana Roo which was a lot of fun. My favorite part of my project was...
Donation Deliveries

Donation Deliveries

We received a large number of medical supplies from the Ottawa group “Not Just Tourists” from Scarlett and Laurie and Kay and I delivered them this month. Centro de Salud was extremely happy and pleasantly surprised when we showed up with a suitcase full for them. Kay with senior student nurses at Centro de Salud Hermana at San Joachim San Joachin was pleased with their treats from Ottawa. The Comedor de Cienega was also pleased with the many boxes of food from your donations that we delivered to them as was Padre Christian at the catholic church in Chicxulub. Comedor Kay, Lidia and Yahir Glyns y Pedro Dona Ara and helprs Father...
Sport Camp AKA Baseball Camp

Sport Camp AKA Baseball Camp

The baseball season has come to an end having run from Jan to March.  This camp has been happening every season since 2011 and the children and volunteers have done an amazing job. The reason for beginning this camp is the same today as when we began; it is to instill the seeds of good sportsman-like behaviour, have fun and learn and strengthen the skills needed to play this wonderful game. There have been sessions to develop or improve skills like pitching, batting and throwing and the session ends with a mini game where the balls are flying and the kids are running. Many kids try to emulate the players they see on TV or hear about and need to be reminded to hone their skills.  This is a bit of a challenge when the two languages collide.  Amazing how a smile and thumbs up can give the message of “a job well done and good for you.” One of the parents came to the final day dressed like Yogi and the kids and coaches enjoyed his enthusiasm. Camp 2017 Organizing Pitching Spectators Yogi was into the game Kevin improved his fielding skills using 2 hands Girl power 2nd base pep talk Jody with surprise guest Yogi to home plate John organizing Fielding More spectators Over time, a few more parents have come out to watch their kids at play. The plan for next year is to have specific work groups to develop skills and maybe find another team to play. Thanks to all of the volunteers who were out every Saturday to work with the kids. Report from...
Muelle Market

Muelle Market

What a wonderful season we had.  A big thank you to everyone who visited and supported our many programs. The beans and rice box was full every two weeks and the raffles were greatly supported. Just a few photos of the final market. The Food Bank Welcome table Cinnamon buns in the kitchen Vendors More vendors Olga saying good-bye Martin with his carvings Mary and Carmita Good-bye til next season See you next season....