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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

19 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.

2 Karen429

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great project! My son worked with local young people to learn about healthy eating. Here is a music video he made with children in the village.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I live in Yucatan and have known Cindy for over 30 years. Thanks to her intelligence, generosity and hard work, we have seen Proyecto Itzaes grow from an idea to what it is now--a solid, wonderful organization helping village kids in the most meaningful ways and opening up opportunities for them and their families. A great group of people doing life-changing work.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! They have been working with Mayan children for many years now and the positive impacts are noticeable. Proyecto Itzaes has grown substantially over the last 10 years, extending to several Mayan villages, and I hope they continue growing. The people involved are truly motivated, generous, and seek to improve the quality of life of Mayan people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Proyecto Iztaes is a wonderful organization, led by Cindy Wilber. They have really made a difference in several villages in Yucatan, by promoting education, reading, computer skills, culture preservation, and healthy food habits. I have known Cindy most my life, and consider her a role model. Her drive, generosity, high energy, and commitment are unparalleled, and Proyecto Itzaes is a product of all these virtues in action, seeking to improve the quality of life of Mayan children and their families. I sincerely wish Proyecto Itzaes continued success and that many more people contribute to its much needed cause.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last week I had the good fortune of observing the great work being done by Proyecto Itzaes in Chicxulub Pueblo. I arrived in the village by bus and was easily able to take a tricitaxi (a motorcycle rigged to a seating box large enough to accommodate 2-3 customers) to PI's modest building of simple poured concrete painted in bright colors. The street out front was frequented by old trucks, battered bicycles, and the occasional horse. But inside, to my surprise, a group of approximately 15 very excited young children worked busily at a row of laptops! What might have looked like a place of little opportunity, turned out to be a busy enterprise giving Maya children the chance to explore the digital world. In addition to the computer class, I browsed through their library of children's books and the game room stocked with LEGOs and other educational toys. In the back yard, a palm-thatched roof created a small porch and a space for relaxation and play. I was greatly inspired by the collaborative spirit and commitment to education shown by everyone I met at Proyecto Itzaes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes es muy bueno porque anteriormente no habían programas así en la comunidad. Es un gran apoyo y es me da gusto que personas de fuera se interesen por ayudar a pueblos como el nuestro. Ojaló continúe este programa para que mas niños y jóvenes tengan la oportunidad de seguir estudiando y aprendan mas cosas.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project Itzaes is run by a group of individuals who are dedicated to seeing future generations create a better life in small villages in Yucatan. Education is the key to success and Project Itzaes creates wonderful programs for not just children, but adults too. They have turned a project into a community-wide mission. The communities are already starting to see the glimmer of a bright future with students in college and more on their way. In many of these small communities it is common for 6th grade to be the maximum level of education achieved. To see college graduates on the horizon is the proof that this program works and will keep working!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PI is performing sustainable work in the Maya community of Yucatan. Its education programs are helping and inspiring children to pursue higher education. Support their mission!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work of Projecto Itzaes is extremely important and admirable! Their focus on educational resources is effective in improving the opportunities for the mayan community.

Donor

Rating: 5

PI is an amazing organization with a devoted staff that is committed to improving the lives of Maya families in Yucatan. Please support generously!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Projecto Itzaes is an amazing organization that is performing critical work to empower the Mayan community in Yucatan, Mexico. Providing both educational and health resources, the staff of PI works directly with the community to listen and comprehend the needs of a people that live on less than $1 a day. Respecting their cultural heritage, PI also provides the educational materials for the Mayan community to connect with the environment. PI has also coordinated trips so that the young children can visit the famous Mayan ruins in Yucatan and have the opportunity to get a glimpse into the history of their culture, which they otherwise would not be able to do given the high price of tourism. Thanks to PI, many of the families and young children are learning the value of eating healthy rather than spending the little money they make on cheap processed foods and drinks that have had a negative impact in the health of their community. Furthermore, with the resources and help of PI, some of the young people have gotten themselves into college and are using their education to help back home! It’s truly admiring the work that founder, Cindy Wilber, and Simon Clopton have done in this humble community. Donations to PI are more than just donations, they are an investment in the human capital of this indigenous community that has been undermined by society and the Mexican government for so long. PI is the organization to trust and believe in when it comes to using all the funding for the Mayan people it serves.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes deserves to be rated in the top echelons of service agencies. Their respect for the Mayan culture and family based learning is unparalleled. While I have no personal experience with the agency I have heard of their good work.