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Bazar de Muelle

Bazar de Muelle

This is the end of another successful market season.  In total there were 7 markets and each one held its own highlight. Who stood in line to buy Anita’s sausages or the scrumptious cinnamon buns? There was always a flurry of activity around Mari’s table  or the community table where local service providers promoted their services like massages or bike rentals. Then there was the raffle tickets that everyone bought in support of the Children’s programming for the Chicxulub Food Bank.  There will again be summer workshops for the children. Thanks to Nola Marie’s creation Ruth’s linen blouses Nola’s shirts Mujeres de Chicxulub Sausage line-up Cinnibon line-up  ...

Cruise Ship Visits

Even though the requests have slowed down we had a fun visit with Wendy and her group from Texas.  Children and adults had fun visiting the school, walking the streets and ending up at Mamma Mias to watch a video on the Chicxulub Crater and enjoy a cold drink. Remember if your cruise is here on one of our scheduled market days you can visit with exciting...

Cruise Ship Visits November

November has been a busy and exciting month welcoming folks from the States who are bringing donations wanting to make a difference in the lives of the people in the village.  We had folks  from Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Alabama and Arkansas. Early in the month James and family along with Mandi and her family spent time at the local Benito Juarez where the children practiced their english and said lots of hellos and smiled to the visitors. The group was interested in seeing how the folks live on a daily basis and as we walked the streets everyone was warmly greeted by folks. The local tienda were we stopped for drinks was willing even if a bit confused to accept the American dollar. There was a new cruise line, Princess who came to port on a Friday.  From this ship, Lisa  and David and Kathy and Alvin walked through the school and saw some interesting sights. Then Nancy came with her granddaughters  who toured the school and asked the question “what happens when the kids don’t behave? ”                                                                                          Sandi and her husband came with a ton of donations for the schools and the school psychology program.  It was a bit of a challenge finding one another but thanks to Sandi’s perseverance it happened!                          ...
Chicxulub Food Bank – Cruise Ship Visit

Chicxulub Food Bank – Cruise Ship Visit

I began writing this article and published it in April but there have been more changes with the passage of time so decided to do it again with the revisions. This program has been in place since 2007 and is open to any interested folks coming to Progreso on any cruise ship who are interested in making a difference in the lives of people in Chicxulub. The process begins with receiving an email from an interested person and the planning begins. The groups tell me what they wish to do and have at least  4 choices: 1. About 3 hours and includes me meeting the group at the bus shuttle and travelling to Chicxulub, visiting Benito Juarez elementary school and doing a tour of the village; 2. Only pick-up of donation has me meeting the group at the bus shuttle and accepting their donations; 3. Delivery of donation either to me or a predetermined location in Progreso; 4. Includes a quick visit to the school and off to other activity. Donations may include school supplies and/or other donations that are used in other programs with the Food Bank like Christmas wrap and wool for the knitting program. On average, about 10-15 groups visit every year and mostly in Jan-Feb and March. As this program grows, changes have been implemented. With the shuttle service drop-off point being in 2 locations it is more of a challenge to know where the passengers are but most often I meet them at the Autoprogreso bus terminal.  If you happen to end up at the other site, we can find one another as it...

Cruise Ship Visits June and August

Mary and her daughter Rachel visited in June from Oklahoma.  Mom has been here before on the ship but enjoyed a tour around Chicxulub with Kay.  The donations will go a long way to helping the children and some will be used during the summer workshops. In August there was a visit from Michael and his family from Tennessee.   The school year began August 31st so an active trip to the school did not occur. However, Kay and the team made their visit a fun occasion.  There was the walking tour of the village followed by a “magic show” at Mamma Mias were 38 folks from the village enjoyed Michael’s skills of creating balloon animals. From Kay “YES all went very well yesterday with the kids and Michael , Heather, Rebecca,  Daniel and baby boy.  The magic show was well received as well as the happy b’day in Spanish & English.   I stopped later to tell Cero (Mamma Mias) how pleased I was and a thank you.  He was very pleased & said it would be nice to have more of that type of event.   Heather’s birthday cake was great & she was surprised and said it was something she will never forget.”...