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Las Mujeres de Chicxulub and Home of the Food Bank

Wow lots  has been happening since the June newsletter and here is a summary of what and how.  Carmita has been working with the albaniles and folks in the community have ensured it keeps going. As I mentioned in June, even though we had the permisos we waited until it was decided we could be trusted. We would not dump it in the cienega! So there was lots of physical labour to get it cleaned up. Initially there was one albanil working on the bodega for the Food Bank. He finished this space by July and began on the rest of the place. The roof is going on now. As we progress I will be hoping for some donations in the way of windows, doors, paint, avid painters and ground workers. Please consider helping us out. I will have dimensions and types next...

Summer Activities

As noted throughout this newsletter, Carmita has been busy with the junior volunteers.  Prepping for the workshops has kept them hopping! A total of 35 kids participating and all enjoyed themselves as you can see from the photos. The themes were Empathy, Honesty Resposibility and Equality. Each workshop theme was the focus of activities to reinforce the talks. Then there was the handing out of school supplies to the children who required some. Don’t they look...

Summer Dispensa

The team led by Carmita with the junior volunteers, Don and Jody and Stephanie and Jim came together to ensure the families received their dispensas.  The team led by Carmita with the junior volunteers, Don and Jody and Stephanie and Jim came together to ensure the families received their dispensas.  All went smoothly and no disasters occurred that I have heard about! And now I am home and enjoying the beauty and warmth of the area. Jacob our youngest volunteerNear the end of the dispensaCarmita, our wonderful...

English Program at Andres Quintana Roo

What a wonderful experience we all had again this season at Andres Quintana Roo Primary School in Chicxulub! Forty four volunteers, the afternoon students in grades 3 through 6, and their Teachers and Directora all worked together to promote and provide introductory English instruction one hour a week over 10 weeks from January through to the end of March. The curriculum at each grade level includes words and phrases for meeting and greeting people, family and friends. It builds year to year to include simple sentences such as ‘I have’, ‘I do not have’, ‘I can’, ‘I cannot’, ‘do you have’ etc. As well, the students get some practice in counting in English. he program is mostly oral. The students are encouraged to talk, talk, talk – to their teachers and to each other – through games, singing and art. The goal of the programme is to have the students become comfortable hearing and speaking simple English words and phrases so that they may greet visitors to their pueblo if they choose and as a support for their future endeavours in the work force.Thank you, one and all, for this happy, productive, successful season! Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade...

Semana Santa Workshops

Not one to sit still, Carmita organized with her junior volunteers to do a workshop every day with 26 kids ages 51/2 to 10.  The kids were excited and the junior volunteers did a great job with mentoring from Carmita. The core values they discussed and worked with Solidarity, Respect, Humanity and  Tolerance. The kids had heard these terms before but at the end of the week they better understood the meaning and how to see it every day.  They spent the time talking about the values, what they mean to each of them and drawing artwork for both parents and themselves to indicate their understanding. Towards the end each child had a drawing to depict their favorite animals and what it meant to them. On the weekend a group of children, parents and volunteers took a trip to the Abeja Panet (Bee Planet). They travelled by bus and had a great experience. Initially there was some fear of the bees but by the end they were all excited and wanting more! From website All suited upbee hiveEnjoyingSome junior volunteers Some of the...