Proyecto Itzaes

Rating: 4.99 stars   82 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 328 Fulton St % Cynthia J Wilber Palo Alto CA 94301 USA

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
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Another year working with PI and things keep getting better. More programs, more volunteer support, more students graduating from high school, college and beyond. PI recently began new classes, from healthy pregnancy to English to environmental programming and sports. Local community members teach PI classes and in return can continue with their educations, using the small stipends they receive. PI is a part of the Yucatan and is continuing its path of good work.

 
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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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I have had the pleasure of visiting the PI community centers on numerous trips to the Yucatan. Over the past decade PI has been able to expand its reach to additional villages and its programming to include things like ecology and computer skill. I have seen PI provide a vehicle for community members to take on leadership roles to facilitate PI programming in their community and its very inspiring.

 
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Me gusta Proyecto Itzaes porque a los niños les gusta aprender y es una satisfacción para nosotros. #ProyectoItzaesPorSiempre

 
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Me gusta el Proyecto Itzaes porque es una manera de convivir con los niños y enseñarles un poco de lo que sabemos. (:

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I like so many things about Proyecto Itzaes... Where do I begin? Do I begin with the fact that the Director and Founder, Cindy Wilber gives her own sweat and resources to this Proyecto on a regular basis--and has for decades? Do I talk about how Proyecto Itzaes brings so many educational and other resources to these local towns, towns with very high poverty rates. Proyecto Itzaes brings educational programs to local kids in three (I think four now) Yucatec Maya towns. PI inspires community members with topics that range from Maya Math to solar ovens to ecology to local herbs to ecology classes. What don't they offer to the local communities?! They even offer local scholarships to several students every year. They give the $100 that makes the difference between these kids attending high school--and even college. Proyecto Itzaes helps to break the cycle of poverty in these local towns--and it promotes ecological sustainability. Last thing I know Proyecto Itzaes had established three (may be four now) sites. One is in the birth place of Jose Tec Poot--a local Yucatec Maya anthropologist. I had the opportunity to volunteer to help at a couple of these sites. It filled my heart with joy to see these local kids enjoying this local resource--playing, creating, learning in an excited manner at these three (4) sites. Another unique quality of this Proyecto is that they recruit local leaders and scholarship recipients to lead and participate in teaching and offering classes. Local leaders like, Vero, lead all kinds of activities that are culturally responsive to the needs of the community. Also, they train local scholarship recipients to teach the younger kids math, science, writing, and computer skills.

If you are wondering where to donate this year or where to volunteer, do it at Proyecto Itzaes. The Director/Founder, Cindy Wilber and many other volunteers give so much of their time and their own resources to the Proyecto, because the projects inspired everyone to do that--seeing the kids' faces so happy, seeing young men and women graduating college... It is not just the multitude of individuals supporting PI, there are big, generous donors as well--like individuals and the Rotary among others. So many of the people who have volunteered are volunteers for life, because when you become involved in Proyecto Itzaes, you make new friends for life.

 
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I am a Doctoral candidate in math education at Stanford University specializing in teacher education of linguistic and ethnic/racial minority students, and I have been a mathematics teacher for 22 years. What I like most about Proyecto Itzaes is that our donations translate into real differences for people at both the everyday and big-life levels. For example, the summer science projects brings engaging enrichment activities to children in these Yucatec Maya communities, and not only does this put smiles on their little faces, but it also lays the groundwork for their lifetime love affair with education. I have seen photos of children buried amidst mountains of legos, and they are building, creating, and flourishing. I have seen pics of children making games and activites, armed with only their imaginations and cardboard. I met a 22 year-old woman who was ushered through their programs since elementary school, who is now teaching at Proyecto Itzaes and is finishing her degree in math. She will be helping me with my research project in the Yucatan next year, and we are hoping that she goes to Stanford in the future to study math education to bring back her expertise to her local community. When you donate to Proyecto Itzaes, you are not just teaching a child for a day or a week or a school year, you are teaching a kid to love to learn for a lifetime.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them have more money to bring even bigger opportunities to the local community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Teaching English at Proyecto Itzaes has given me an opportunity to closely observe the inner workings and results of this remarkable organization. The method of "learning in order to teach" is an extremley effective way to multiply the impact of the resources Proyecto Itzaes provides to its constituent communities. Students arrive in my class eager to learn, prepared to participate, and quick to help their fellow students if a question arises. When class is over many of them head into other rooms of the building to tutor other children or engage their peers in educational games or sports. Young people who have been participating in Proyecto Itzaes for many years have realistically high hopes for a bright future and demonstrate the spirit of the organization by investing their own time and knowledge back into the education of other children with great generosity and patience. The volunteer parents, grandparents, and community members who run the day to day operations of Proyecto Itzaes in each village pour a great deal of love, creativity, and energy into ensuring that every child feels welcome and inspired and entire families are engaged and learning.

 
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Proyecto Itzaes is a wonderful, life-changing program. I was fortunate enough to experience first-hand that PI changes lives.

 
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El proyecto para mí ha representado parte importante porque e participa en el desde los diez años primero como alumno donde fui aprendiendo conocimientos básico de computo que me ayudaron después de un tiempo ya pude participar como asesor auxiliar, después de un tiempo me hice responsable con un grupo en el siempre procuraba y aun lo sigo haciendo, tener un acercamiento con los niños como un amigo más que como un maestro o autoridad. Sin duda estando como alumno, auxiliar, y durante estos años como asesor, tomado experiencias buenas y malas que mucho me han ayudado en mi personalidad, y madurez como persona.
Es un gusto el colaborar con este lugar se me hace muy satisfactorio mirar a los niños y que siempre me saluden aun estando fuera de nuestro horario, en ocasiones los niños no se han querido ir del local porque les gusta mucho estar hay trabajando con el material, y eso hace darme cuenta que el proyecto Itzaes forma parte de mí, de mi familia, de los niños, de los asesores y de la comunidad de Ixil.
Ya estando en mi carrera universitaria el proyecto sigue siendo parte realmente importante pues cuento con el apoyo económico mensual lo que ayuda demasiado a continuar con mi educación profesional. Todos los apoyos que he recibido se los agradezco a ti Cindy a Simón y al cuerpo directivo del proyecto Itzaes, por estar al pendiente de mí y de mi familia

 
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Mi nombre es Mariza Andrea Canto Ku y conoci el proyecto itzaes cuando mi mama, me llevaba a las clases, yo en ese entonces tenia alrededor de 6 o 7 años, me gustaba mucho ir pues interactuaba con otros niños de mi edad.

Cuando mi mama se convierte en directora del proyecto itzaes yo paso a ser asesora, empese desde los 9 años. Actualmente tengo 14. Me gusta ayudar a los niños en las manualidades y en todas las actividades que se desarollan dentro del mismo. El proyecto me ha dejado muchas cosas buenas, y la verdad estoy muy agradesida con el proyecto itzaes.

Estudio el tercer grado de secundaria, y como siempre, estudiar lleva gatos consigo, el pasaje, las gastadas, los uniformes, los útiles escolares. Debido a esto la ecoomia de mi familia se veía afectada, puesto que se generaba un gasto extra, pero aun asi mis papas hacían todo lo posible para que nunca faltara a la escuela y pudiera tener un futuro mejor, gracias a la beca que hoy en dia recibo de parte del proyecto itzaes, me beneficia mucho, puesto que ya no hay que sacar mucho dinero de la economía familiar, con esa beca, puedo comprar mis útiles escolares y todas las cosas que yo necesite.

Quiero agradecer a todas esas personas que donan sin esperar algo cambio, ellos son angeles en la tierra, puesto que ayudan a mas personas sin esperar algo a cambio,

gracias a todas esas personas que donan y que nos ayudan que chicas y chicos como yo puedan terminar sus estudios.

Invito a otras personas que se unan a esta noble causa que es de gran ayuda.

GRACIAS PROYECTO IITZAES Y QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA

 
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Mi nombre es Joany Misael Canul Ku, soy asesor del proyecto itzaes de Chicxulub Pueblo.
Hoy quisiera compartirles como el proyecto itzaes cambio mi vida y la de mi familia.
Hace un año atrás, mi papa sufrió un accidente que lo tuvo tres meses y medio en el hospital debido a esto, la situación económica se vio afectada.
Entonces la encargada del proyecto itzaes, me dijo que podía solicitar una beca a la fundación del proyecto itzaes y asi lo hice. Gracias a Dios salió autorizada la beca con la cual se han solventado parte de los gastos académicos y mis padres están más tranquilos, ya que podre continuar con mis estudios. Gracias a ustedes que apoyan al proyecto itzaes con sus donativos porque así como yo, muchos jóvenes se han ayudado para así continuar don sus estudios. Gracias a todos y cada uno de ustedes, que hacen posible que los sueños de padres e hijos se hagan realidad de ver a sus hijos con la ayuda de ustedes puedan forjarse un mejor futuro. Espero que otras personas se puedan sumar a esta noble causa, ya que como son de mucha ayuda. Si no fuera por el apoyo de ustedes creo que ahora no estaría en la escuela por falta de recursos. Gracias proyecto itzaes por cambiar mi vida y la de mi familia.

 
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