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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: The mission of Proyecto Itzaes is to provide educational resources for children and families in villages in Yucatán where traditional farming and fishing can no longer support families. We believe that the fundamental tools of literacy should be available to all. Our goal is to build sustainable community service programs that promote family-centered learning and respect Maya cultural heritage. Education will create new opportunities for children to fully realize their gifts in a changing world.

Results: Our programs are described in detail on our webpage and Facebook page. On our PI page http://wp.proyectoitzaesusa.org/category/news/ you can read our newsletters that describe in detail our programs and successes!

Programs: http://wp.proyectoitzaesusa.org/ and FB http://www.facebook.com/pages/Proyecto-Itzaes/150081958284

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

kdrachler

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love everything about Proyecto Itzaes, from its mission to the students and communities it serves. I have had the privilege of experiencing PI in action, and it is a truly life-changing, sustainable organization. I cannot say enough good things about PI, the people who work both for and with PI, and the students who both give and receive classes at PI centers around the Yucatan. PI transforms lives and gives young students the strength, as well as the resources, to stay in school and become young professionals. I have gotten to know many of these PI students (and graduates) and they are the future leaders of Mexico and the Yucatan.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic non-profit and the founder, board members, and volunteers are incredibly compassionate and hardworking. I have been able to travel to Yucatan with Proyecto Itzaes and witness first-hand the impact that this organization has on the community and on education. I could not give a higher recommendation!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a small Palo Alto, CA based nonprofit that does big value-added experiences for several Mayan villages east of Merida Mexico near Chixalube Puerto - families, children and adults learning together to build more sustainable lives - teaching each other

1 jesusk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me gusta mucho el Proyecto Itzaes porque brinda espacios de aprendizajes para niños y jóvenes de una forma divertida y dinámica, para que los niños se sientan motivados a aprender; algo que igual me gusta es aprenden acerca de la cultura, el doporte, educacion y manualidades.
Hoy en día llevo más de 5 años estando en el Proyecto Itzaes, me he quedado tanto tiempo y seguiré, porque pienso que este es un gran proyecto que beneficia a los niños y jóvenes de las comunidades a través de la creación de los espacio anteriormente mencionados.

#YoSoyProyectoItzaes

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

El proyecto itzaes ha ayudado en el aprendizaje y creatividad de niños y jóvenes, desde leer un libro de manera personal o leerlo en grupo hasta le realización de diversas actividades recreativas, por eso le agradezco al proyecto itzaes por todo los beneficios que le ha brindado a la comunidad de ixil. por otra parte desde que llego el proyecto itzaes a mi vida y el poder ser uno de los voluntarios ha hecho cambiar mi vida y verlo desde otra perspectiva, por eso nunca me canso de agradecerle a esta fundación por todo lo que hace a lo largo de estos años. GRACIAS PROYECTO ITZAES!!

Dan Q.

Board Member

Rating: 5

PI is a wonderful organization. It provides community support, after-school activities and education, and role models in several villages near Merida, Yucatan. While Merida is a world-class city, the nearby villages have seen a lack of progress. PI helps people band together to help themselves and their children -- give them aspirations for a better future, and help them achieve it. I am especially proud of the college students we have encouraged and supported. Often, they have a scholarship already. PI supplies bus fare so they can stay home and travel to Merida for classes, plus some support for books and supplies. When they get their degree, many stay and contribute to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes keeps doing an amazing job towards education of unprivileged children in Yucatan. It has shown resilience to keep working in difficult areas and where there are few opportunities and it really makes a difference on the kids that can be reached.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Was fortunate enough to see PI in action in Mexico. Impressed at how far they can make their resources go. Very well-run org doing great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Los Altos Rotary club partnered with Palo Alto RC and Mexican Nuevas Generaciones Rotary in Merida providing and completing a recent $32,000 grant to Proyecto Itzaes which provided notebook computers, flash drive memory sticks, educational software, outdoor shade providing palapas, solar cooking ovens, efficient biomass briquette fueled rocket stoves and Spanish language STEM instruction software on the use of the solar cooking and biomass fueled efficient rocket stoves to use instead of open fire ovens or expensive propane cooking. Our team of Rotarians from Los Altos, Mountain View and Merida visited Proyecto Itzaes village centers to deliver, assemble and demonstrate these devices... which were warmly received by these Mayan village families. This grant helped improved computer literacy, sustainable STEM related instruction, and demonstrated how these devices can reduce the need to chop wood fuel from surrounding forest or buy expensive propane cooking. An article which featured this Proyecto Itzaes Project appeared last week in USA Today's Caribbean-Mexico edition. Proyecto Itzaes does outstanding work in improving the quality of life for these poorer rural villagers in Yucatan

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went down to the Yucatan to view the non-profit in action and was very impressed. The children are benefitting greatly from the extra computer and book exposure at the centers and the best part is that they are fully supported by their parents who are also leaning from their kids. I plan on going again in the near future to continue to help them as they work on a "shoe-string" budget to do great things.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While sitting in on an English language course taught by Proyecto Itzaes I was thrilled to see students at several different levels of skill engaged and learning about Sequioa Kings Canyon National Park in California as part of a vocabulary lesson. Proyecto Itzaes not only organizes classes (and yard sale fundraisers and other community events) in villages throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, it also provides scholarships tailored to the specific needs of the community. For example, students from villages surrounding the city of Merida may not be able to afford to attend college classes even if they have received a full ride scholarship, because the scholarships typically do not cover the cost of daily transport to and from the city, which can be prohibitive. Proyecto Itzaes recognized this need and provides supplementary funding for some of these students so they can continue their education.

I am excited to see Proyecto Itzaes continue its participation in this vibrant community in the years ahead.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They do the kinds of enrichment activities with their students that I would choose to do to enrich my son's educational experience as a parent. They involve the parents and the older kids to help out with the younger students learning experiences. It is a program I would want for my children or grandchildren.

I am an avid supporter.