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Cruise Ship Visit

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.  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...
Cruise Ship Visits

Cruise Ship Visits

Sandy and her family arrived late April to visit Chicxulub and the school.  Their donated treasures will help the school kids come August. The family enjoyed their time in the school and village and even swam in the Gulf in Chicxulub.  The grade 4 class was practicing for a school competition happening in late May but had time to welcome the visitors. Then it was back to Progreso and the Malecon. Then in late May there was a group of young folks from who wanted to do something with the kids.  So we devised a plan for them...
Cruise Ship Program

Cruise Ship Program

This program has been in place since 2007 and is open to any interested folks coming to Progreso on any Carnival ship who are interested in making a difference in the lives of people in Chicxulub.The process is:  I receive an email and the planning begins. The groups tell me what they wish to do and have 4 choices: Activity: 1. About 3 hours and includes me meeting the group at the bus shuttle and travelling to Chicxulub, visiting Benito Juarez elementart 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 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 part of the program grows, changes have been implemented.  With the 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...
March Cruise Ship Visits

March Cruise Ship Visits

Dara and Lloyd arrived from Texas on board The Magic and the day was hot! They arrived with tons of stuff for the folks of Chicxulub. However they met up with a slight snag…on my part.  The ship came in on daylight savings time but here we are still one hour behind! I was to meet them at 0915 my time but they arrived one hour earlier and after much time, they found the Catholic Church and made their donation there! Alas, but the good people  of Progres (ancianos) will receive their gift. Every year, I seem to get caught up with this dilemma.  I assume the time is local (as on flights) but it never is.  How can I remember this? Then Crysten and her group arrived from Alabama and thanks to my previous mistake I did meet them on time at the Autoprogreso with my friend Kay and off we went.  They enjoyed the school and meeting the kids and spent some time in the classrooms.  It was a positive, fun event for...
Cruise Ship Visits

Cruise Ship Visits

Olga and her group arrived on January 28th from Texas and brought donations for the Food Bank.  They have been here before and wanted to spend their time enjoying the beach and Maya-Ha. February has been a busy month with the cruiseros. On Feb. 4th there was a group of 12 from Mississippi and Louisianna who were excited to tour the village and drop in at the Bazar.  Kevan brought school supplies and Janet Hall and family brought Rx glasses and visited the town and local bazar to buy some souvenirs. On Feb. 17th there was a group from Sulphur High School in Louisiana celebrating a class of 73 reunion and wanted to help out in our corner of the world.  Katie Gwinner and her group assisted us with the cost of the bus to do the field trip to the Research Centre. On the 19th Jennifer from New Orleans dropped in for a visit with her group. Unfortunately this day there were 2 ships that came in at different times and we missed one another.  Jennifer went to the school on her own and reports it was a good time. Wed. Feb 25th Renee dropped in from Texas and enjoyed a visit at the school and the walkabout in Chix. The end of February is here and for now no more...
Cruise Ship Program

Cruise Ship Program

Martha and her family arrived from Texas on a beautiful sunny morning bearing gifts and their smiles.  We walked through Chicxulub and visited the school and pier. A special connection was made as grandma and grandpa stopped to speak spanish to the villagers. Their warm jacets that they donated were gifted to some of the residents at Conkal, the Aids shelter to keep them warm this winter. Then a surprise visit by Nancy from Alabama who brought two packages of tabs for our purses.  This was her 3rd visit to the program. These are some of the folks that help make a difference when they come visit from the cruise...