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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 https://www.proyectoitzaesusaonline.org/ you can read our newsletters that describe in detail our programs and successes!

Target demographics: Provide educational resources for poor, rural, Maya villages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4000 Maya children and their families

Geographic areas served: Yucatán, Mexico

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

Community Stories

147 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

connie young yu

Donor

Rating: 5

As an Asian American historian, I have been inspired and enlightened by the work of Proyecto Itzaes. This is an extraordinary non-profit organization that directly delivers educational services to Mayan children and their families, and promotes respect for their culture and heritage. I am proud to support Proyecto Itzaes, and gratified by its reports of how the Mayan children benefit by learning life-skills in their native language. Americans have a very limited, white supremacist view of what "literacy" means, and Proyecto Itzaes , thank goodness, teaches us differently. Connie Young Yu

jesusk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hola mi Nombre es Emmanuel (mani)
Soy voluntario en proyecto itzaes, y sin duda alguna puedo decirlo con la frente en alto.
Proyecto Itzaes es un espacio único y diferente en la comunidad (Ixil)
Este espacio permite que niños, jóvenes y adultos puedan desarrollar la creatividad a través de diferentes cursos como manualidades, asesorías, deporte y cultura.
Sin duda alguna Proyecto Itzaes ha cambiado la vida de cientos de niños y jóvenes de la comunidad, por eso cada día, yo como voluntarios me esfuerzo para dar lo mejor de mi y dar de mis conocimientos para las nuevas generaciones.

#YoSoyProyectoItzaes

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes sin duda alguna en mi comunidad se ha vuelto mas que un espacio de aprendizaje en una segunda casa para todos los niños y jóvenes.
Me encanta Proyecto Itzaes y doy gracias por permitirme se uno de los voluntarios de este magnifico proyecto. Gracias a este espacio he podido crecer tanto en lo personal como en lo social, pero sobre todo me encanta porque puedo compartir mis conocimientos y experiencias a los menores de edad y a su vez ser un ejemplo a seguir para ellos. De igual forma agradezco por todo el apoyo que me han brindado.
Hoy proyecto itzaes en Ixil realmente esta trabajando y haciendo un verdadero cambio en la comunidad educando a los jóvenes y niños en diferentes áreas de aprendizaje.

#TodosSomosProyectoItzaes
#YoSoyProtectoIzaesIxil

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Edwin C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mi nombre es Edwin Córdova Mejía, he participado como voluntaria en Proyecto Itzaes en diferentes momentos, por motivos escolares y de trabajo.

Recuerdo los inicios de PI en la comunidad de Ixil hace ya como 15 años, apenas se contaba con una pequeña biblioteca y un par computadoras. Al reincorporarme me dió una gran satisfacción ver el avance que se ha logrado en cuanto a material, equipamiento y espacio.

Más importante aún que la infraestructura, es el impacto social que se genera en las comunidades en las que se participa.

Agradezco a las personas que hacen posible ésto, es una ayuda realmente necesaria para el aprendizaje, la convivencia, e incluso para el desarrollo profesional.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soy voluntario y lo mejor del proyecto Itzaes es hacer que los niños aprendan de una manera didáctica y creativa, además de brindar las ayudas necesarias para cualquier persona que lo necesite, muchas gracias Proyecto Itzaes #IlovePI
❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PI is an incredible and important organization run by wonderful people. They make concrete, meaningful change in the communities where they live and work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes is an impactful and important organization that runs diverse, community-driven programming for kids in rural villages. PI supports learning and fun for toddlers through young adults and it is so clear how much the students and teachers love and appreciate the program. The organizers and teachers are creative and brilliant, and are constantly finding new ways to support and encourage learning and community engagement.

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1 JoseFcoPech

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gracias a todos los que trabajan para Proyecto Itzaes.

Estoy muy agrecido por las ayudas recibidas durante la presente Contingencia Sanitaria mundial y las inundaciones que provocaron las fuertes lluvias hace algunas semanas en la comnunidad de Ixil, Too, Dzemul, y Chic. Pueblo. Gracias.

Proyecto Itzaes sigue siendo muy especial para las comunidades de Yucatán. En especial para las familias de Ixil.


#TodossomosproyectoItzaes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

José Fco Pech Cutz

Estoy muy contento de continuar trabajando con el Proyecto Itzaes y apoyar a las comunidades de Yucatán, con la educación, cultura, ciencia y otras actividades recreativas que divierten a los niños. Además estoy muy emocionado de integrar a nuevos asesores que estan trabajando en diferentes comunidades. Proyecto Itzaes sigue siendo muy especial e importante para mí. Espero trabajar con Proyecto Itzaes por mucho tiempo.

Agradecemos a todas las personas que apoyan a nuestra asociación y hacen felices a todos integrantes de la familia Proyecto Iztaes.

Gracias

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mpechcutz87

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hace algunos años fui parte del grupo de asesores en el Proyecto Itzaes en la comunidad de Ixil Yucatán. Fue una experiencia muy gratificante y enriquecedora. Estoy muy agradecida por el apoyo que recibí para continuar con mis estudios y también por lo que hacen por los niños de la comunidad.

Reciban un cordial saludo.

María Pastora Pech Cutz.

2 Andrea Aguilar Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soy voluntaria de Proyecto Itzaes Chicxulub Pueblo y es un orgullo formar parte, ya que es un espacio en el que los niños pueden aprender y divertirse al mismo tiempo.
Se agradecen todas las aportaciones para este proyecto, para que día con día siga creciendo.

connie young yu

Donor

Rating: 5

As an Asian American historian, I have been inspired and enlightened by the work of Proyecto Itzaes. This is an extraordinary non-profit organization that directly delivers educational services to Mayan children and their families, and promotes respect for their culture and heritage. I am proud to support Proyecto Itzaes, and gratified by its reports of how the Mayan children benefit by learning life-skills in their native language. Americans have a very limited, white supremacist view of what "literacy" means, and Proyecto Itzaes , thank goodness, teaches us differently.
Connie Young Yu

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Donor

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes is an inspiring charity organization that directly helps people in Yucatan where their own industries of fishing and farming can no longer sustain them. The good work this group has improved literacy for children and their families because it respects Mayan heritage and does not impose an outside culture on the people. The programs builds a better future for those in the Yucatan villages by helping them find new opportunities. We can all help out in some way. My husband and I make an annual donation to P.I., and were glad to give items for a benefit yard sale in Palo Alto. Proyecto gives hope, not just to those in the Yucatan but to us in the U.S. as our support makes a difference, and we are part of the global village.

Veronny C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soy voluntaria de Proyecto Itzaes Ixil y es para mí un orgullo formar parte de ellos, ya que es un espacio en el que los niños pueden aprender y divertirse, desde la ciencia, hasta educación y deportes. He visto la participación de los niños y asesores en las diferentes actividades que hemos hecho en la comunidad y siempre se llevan una sonrisa.
También me encuentro agradecida por todas las donaciones que hacen para que el proyecto itzaes siga creciendo. ¡Gracias!
#SoyProyectoItzesIxil

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me gusta el Proyecto Itzaes , por que es un lugar donde los niños adquieren enseñanzas, donde se divierten por medio de actividades y sobre todo aprenden a compartir los libros, los juguetes entre muchas cosas más. Es bonito ser parte de los 13 asesores que conforman PI de Ixil, enseñas un poquito de lo que sabes y también aprendes de los niños. Llevo más de 5 años siendo participe, ya que desde pequeña me gustaba asistir al proyecto.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two months in Ixil with Proyecto Itzaes this past spring. I was amazed by how much Proyecto Itzaes has (A) helped individuals gain access to higher education and therefore enter the job market and (B) has strengthened the community and provided pathways for Maya cultural heritage to be passed down to future generations. Since Ixil has been hit by Covid job loss and flooding, Proyecto Itzaes has been distributing food and water to families in need and providing seeds for farmers to replant their crops. I am so grateful for this incredible organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We visited over 10 years ago and were able to go to multiple sites/villages. The work that Proyecto Itzaes is doing is simply magical. I have never been awed before like this. The leadership has used their resources to maximize investment in the programs they offer and the heart and soul of the organization is inspiring.

I was in the unique position of closing a small independent school and was able to funnel the remaining funds to P.I after careful consideration by our board. I know it was a nice surprise to them!

1 Ardsley S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so excited to volunteer with Proyecto Itzaes this December! They provide incredible resources to children and families while preserving Maya heritage. Children are given the opportunity to learn new skills to seek gainful employment in a changing economy. Science, reading, mentorship—all in a community based program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an immigrant to the United States, I was afforded wonderful opportunities through education that I would never have received in my communist birthplace. Proyecto Itzaes brings to an ever-growing number of young students in impoverished villages of the Yucatán educational opportunities that will help build for themselves and their communities a better sustainable life and protect their cultural heritage. Education is the key to sustainable progress particularly in impoverished communities. PI offers that to multiple villages in the Yucatán by empowering local people to enhance educational opportunities for their children of all ages. The impressive list of success stories is testimony to their approach. PI deserves support from all of us.

1 Saul N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes (PI) sin duda ha sido una asociación que ha ayudado a muchos niños de las comunidades de Yucatán!!.
Es un placer estar participando en PI como asesor de la clase de robotica, donde tenemos mucha participacion de niños pequeños y grandes. A lo largo de un año hemos trabajado en vairas comunidades llevando la clase de robotica y permitiendo que los niños conozcan cosas muy diferente e interesantes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Quiero agradecer al proyecto itzaes y a todas las personas que hicieron posible la formacion de esta fundacion, ya que desde que era pequeño me ha llenado de conocimentos y aprendisajes que me ha servido de mucho.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support Proyecto Itzaes (PI) because it has a long-term record for its commitment to enhancing the education opportunities to young members of the local communities while maintaining their cultural identify and traditions. PI's long-term dedication to integrating family values, community based education and scientific rigor in its programs are truly admirable. Lo mejor de todo es que es un programa que expone a miembros de la comunidad a otras personas y oportunidades internacionales. Estas oportunidades han abierto muchas puertas para que los estudiantes que se graduan de PI puedan obtener mejores oportunidades de trabajos y educacion. Muy buena organization! Great organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes is an excellent nonprofit who does important work.

1 David T.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Important mission being enacted by wonderful people. In world where "science" is associated with white men, it is really important to have organizations like Proyecto Itzaes that work in the intersection of indigenous peoples and science.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporting Proyecto Itzaes for over a decade, knowing Cindy Wilbur and her work in this rural community.
The work there in providing support and resources for childhood and adult education is important, and we have enjoyed following the progress of project Proyecto Itzaes. We have been kept well informed and look forward to continuity our support.
Dexter and Carol Hake

1 Isaias Pera Tza Bae T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There was a time when I needed deeply to have an educational scientific experience. Proyecto Itzaes gave the opportunity to accomplish his. With the opportunity of using foldscopes as teaching scientific tools.
It's been many times that I been teaching science workshops to children and it been great. I cannot think of any other space where I could find this opportunity, that's why I wish the best in the years to come.

1 Jorge Carlos B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes gives opportunities to children in communities that they would have not otherwise have access to. The first generations are all grown up and having success in their careers and also helping out the younger generation. This is really a Great Non Profit worth donating or volunteering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year during the COPUS meeting, Proyecto Itzaes did a great job organizing a science fair in Ixil, Yucatan. Lots of people, mostly kids but also less young people came by to both showcase and look at science projects and games
Besides this, Proyecto Iztaes does a very important job in helping out kids through education that really makes a difference in their future.

Donor

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes is a wonderful non-profit organization run by an amazing team. I have been very happy and proud to support the organization's mission and activities with my time and dollars over the last 10 years. After witnessing the programs and activities in action during a visit with the executive director to some of the Yucatan villages where Proyecto Itzaes operates in Mexico and helping out with some of the internal operations in Palo Alto over the years, I can say from my own experience that this organization is doing incredible things!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hola me llamo julian y estoy agusto apoyando como asesor y me gusta ver como los niños se divierten jugando y compartiendo los materiales entre ellos y me gustaria seguor llendo gracias.

3 Jessica Cetz D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soy Jessica Cetz, tengo 27 años de edad y soy uno de los jóvenes que pudieron alcanzar los estudios universitarios gracias al apoyo de Proyecto Itzaes. Soy egresada en la Carrera de Contador Público de la UADY.
Mi historia con Proyecto Itzaes comienza hace aproximadamente 15 años, cuando me invitaron a participar como voluntaria. A partir de ahí he apoyado como asesora de diferentes clases principalmente matemáticas, cultura Maya y computación. He visto evolucionar este programa durante estos años y sin duda he visto el apoyo brindado a las comunidades, desde ver a varios alumnos míos convertirse en asesores, así como el aumento de comunidades beneficiadas, hasta lograr conseguir una unidad móvil, Cora, con la que llegamos hasta los puntos más remotos del Estado para apoyarlos con nuestros talleres.
Fue en gracias a Proyecto Itzaes que muchos jóvenes y niños tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer su primera computadora o usar un microscopio.
Es gracias a esta asociación que jóvenes de mi población han podido ver realizado su sueño de terminar la Universidad, hemos visto egresar Abogados, Contadores, Maestros, Enfermeros, Ingenieros, Psicólogos, Biólogos, etc.
Actualmente sigo trabajando con Proyecto apoyando a la organización de los talleres y en la unidad móvil.
Quiero profundizar mi profundo agradecimiento por todas las personas que donan y hacen posible que este programa continúe, en especial a Cindy Wilber por toda su entrega y dedicación en este proyecto.

1 Caitlin K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our organization was impressed with the effectiveness, breadth and respectfulness of Proyecto Itzaes's programs. And as donors, we are confident that with Proyecto Itzaes's minimal overhead and pay-it-forward approach, our dollars will do a tremendous amount of good for beneficiaries.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Hola me llamo Diego Uitzil, originario de Dzemul, Yucatán.
Actualmente me desempeño en el Proyecto Itzaez como maestro de música, especialmente en canto y guitarra.
Actualmente cuento con 5 adolescentes, con los cuales trabajamos en recuperación de la música Trova, para recuperar las tradiciones de la localidad.
Es una muy buena institución, ya que motiva los niños, jóvenes y adolescentes a poder hacer algo más productivos, e incrementar conocimientos y habilidades.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor I am confident that every penny given goes directly to those in need. I have also met several individuals who were once the recipients of the books, scholarships, and other resources from this organization and now choose to give their time and energy back to this cause. This kind of dedication to community and education is truly admirable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited to Proyecto Itzaes to spend time at a few of their centers, such as those in Ixil and Dzemul, and was so impressed. The Maya language and culture is endangered – much of this new generation can understand it spoken by their grandparents, but little more. PI is a much-needed resource in the region of community support, pride, and positive social action. Kids come for academic support, sports and arts, and other extracurricular activities (such as my 2-week storytelling workshops), and to generally have a good time. Their staff, made up largely of passionate alumni of the program, welcome them into the warm and productive space they continuously foster. They are helping kids realize why their heritage is worth preserving and making it natural for them to do so.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

El proyecto Itzaes es muy importante para los niños y asesores de Yucatán. Ayuda en el aprendizaje de los niños con actividades, juegos y mucha diversión. Estoy feliz por apoyar en las actividades del Proyecto. Gracias a todas las personas que hacen posible el Proyecto Itzaes.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are any number of qualified non-profits competing for donor dollars. Yet our organization was extremely impressed with Proyecto Itzaes and its work benefiting Mayan children and families in the Yucatan. The Executive Director is fabulous, and the projects are targeted, impactful, and far reaching. PI is exceptionally lean on administrative overhead, with virtually every dollar going directly to program. PI is a wonderful example of an organization that has intelligently thought through how to work at the community-level; the efforts resonate through villages and beyond, all with wonderful heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

PI does not simply contribute to communities in a direct and meaningful way. They make it possible for communities to implement their own solutions. The personal energy and creativity poured into these efforts is truly impressive, which is why I have been a donor for many years now.

Madeline L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes does fantastic work and makes our world a better place.

Diana M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great opportunity to know about Proyecto Itzaes, as a beloved friend invite me to participate at the Science Fair that the Executive Director Cindy Wilber, Jessica Cetz Dzib, José Francisco Cutz organized last January.

I am a Mexican Biologist, my research is focused on bats from Yucatan, therefore for me was really amazing to have the chance of shearing and most important learning all the knowledge of bats. For me it was really surprising to see how the kids are truly interested in learn more about these mammals and how concern they are about protect them. One of the things I want to share is that most of the adults where a little bit skeptical about the importance and benefits that bats provide to the ecosystems, actually adults believed that all of them were vampires. However, when I asked the kids about bats, all of them answered that they were good for humans because bats eat insects and fruits.

As a Mexican I am pretty grateful with Projecto Itzaes because they are making the difference, because they are helping to our kids to be interested in education and science, I saw really smart kids, truly interested in learning, making questions and wanting to know even more, I saw kids without fear of asking and interacting with the scientists despite the language.
In a country where the support for education is scarce and the poverty high, projects like this one make a big difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got a chance to work with Proyecto Itzaes about 10 years ago when the organization was working at providing internet access to local villages. Since then, I’ve returned to the Yucatan on a number of occasions and witnessed the progress PI has made with the communities it serves. I’ve been amazed that a relatively small non-profit has withstood the test of time and continues to grow and thrive while bringing great educational opportunities to underserved people. It has also been gratifying to watch young kids I interacted with a decade ago leveraging the opportunities PI provided into higher education, careers, and great personal achievements!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jessica Cetz Dzib, José Fco P. Cutz and Executive Director Cindy Wilber did a fantastic job of organizing a science education day that my wife and I participated in. Our 5 year old daughter also took part. It was an incredible response by the community and for hours they came and learned from the small but effective hands in science exhibits and also shared parts of their beautiful Mayan culture. As we are Native Americans this part was especially touching. It was one of the most moving experiences I've had in 30 plus years of my professional career.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about Proyecto Itzaes while working at Stanford University over the summer of 2016. I have been continuously blown away by this organization, and in particular by how much impact is being made with limited resources. Having seen many non-profits fail to effectively serve under served populations while working in Latin America, Proyecto Itzaes stands out to me as a bright spot. I am especially impressed by the great concern that Proyecto Itzaes takes in engaging genuinely with the local cultures. One example of this I recently heard about was trip lead by Proyecto Itzaes that brought a group of young Mayan students to visit some of the ancient Mayan ruins -a cultural site that many of them had never visited. Thanks Proyecto Itzaes for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known about the wonderful work done by Proyecto Itzaes (PI) since 2010 when I was studying my PhD in Education at Stanford University. After all these years following the work PI does, I was finally able to travel with them to the Yucatán peninsula in January of this year (2017) to experience first hand the service they do to the Mayan communities. As part of my trip, volunteers from different universities and organizations put together a science fair open to all the Mayan communities served by PI. I cannot put into words the wonderful opportunity I had being part of this science fair! It was clear to all of us how much impact PI has had on the education of Mayan children and their communities. I hope to travel with PI in the future to help in their work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This summer my husband and I took our boys (ages 8 and 6) down to the Yucatan. We visited a Proyecto Itzaes center in Chicxulub and saw firsthand the amazing impact of this non-profit group. We watched kids check out books from the library. We sat in on a brainstorming meeting to talk about what classes the older kids wanted to offer the younger kids. We cheered on the Proyecto Itzaes soccer team as our boys joined them in a fun filled game. We learned about the cooking classes, cultural classes, and plans for more access to technology to help students in this modern world. The best thing we witnessed were the smiles of all the kids and the truly dedicated people who make it all possible. My boys are excited to visit again and help out in the future. To me, that speaks volumes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just visited Proyecto Itzaes, outside of Chicxulub, MX, for the second time a couple weeks ago. I was truly amazed at the work being done. I sat in on a meeting where past youngsters from the program, now older, facilitated a meeting with high school aged kids from the community. They were gearing up for how to run this particular community center for the summer. The fact that the people once served by this organization are now so eager to help run it really impressed me. It is a wonderful resource for the Mayan communities in the Yucatan.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are planning a charity trip to visit Proyecto Itzaes this fall, and can't wait to see firsthand the great work Cindy and her team are doing in Yucatán. The pre-trip communication and support have been superb! Our program participants are excited to meet the kids and learn more about this incredible part of our world.
Amber Kelleher - Founder, Exchange of Pace (exchangeofpace.org)

Advisor

Rating: 5

My company has a charitable program through which we partner with charitable organizations in places we visit for meetings and conventions. We had 2 groups visit Cancun this spring. Anytime we're outside the US, it can be difficult finding a charity that meets our criteria. Our partnership with Proyecto Itzaes was most gratifying and we were excited to raise enough money for them purchase a vehicle to transport educational resources to remote areas. One huge plus in working with PI is that they are a registered US 501(c)(3), which means all donations are tax deductible in the US. Everyone we dealt with representing the organization was knowledgeable and great to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anyone who has worked with Proyecto Itzaes has seen the tangible and positive effects that the organization is making in small communities on the Yucatán. I worked with PI at a community science fair in the village of Ixil, and was equally impressed by the dedication of the teachers and the enthusiasm of the local community. The organization brings much needed educational resources to underserved areas, and opens up incredible opportunities for its students. I can't speak highly enough of the work that Proyecto Itzaes does, and have seen firsthand that all donations are put directly to use for the betterment of local communities. If providing opportunity through education is something you care about, you can't go wrong with a contribution to Proyecto Itzaes.

1 mjalbe

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Proyecto Itzaes is an incredible organization. They welcomed the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) down to Ixil, Mexico and connected our scientists and educators with many amazing Mexican scientists, educators, and local activists. They organized a science fair for the community, which we all participated in, and it was AMAZING. Hundreds of people attended and it showcased the local talent. The town of Ixil is filled with very creative and smart individuals! Everyone involved had a wonderful time and fell in love with science for the first time, or all over again.
I was particularly impressed with the Proyecto Itzaes organizers for the event Jessica Cetz Dzib and José Fco P. Cutz and their Executive Director, Cindy Wilber -- these folks did such an outstanding job that it was extremely easy for the rest of us to participate. The whole endeavor went off without any problems and I hope it's the start of a long friendship that will lead to many other collaborations.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

Erica F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since I was introduced to Proyecto Itzaes, I have seen several children go through the program and go to college. Thanks to the contributions of our donors Proyecto Itzaes has been able to grant scholarships for those who were admitted to the University to assist with transportation and book expenses. The work the Proyecto Itzaes does is making a difference in many children and their families. Education for many of them gives them opportunities and options something that their parents did not have access. Proyecto Itzaes focuses on the well-being of the whole individual from physical activity to literacy. Let's keep supporting the work of Proyecto Itzaes, spread the word!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As someone who believes in the AMAZING work Proyecto Itzaes does to continue impacting the lives of many Maya children and their families, it is an honored for me to be able to be part of this GREAT organization. I spent two summers and a winter break in Yucatan collaborating with the Asesores, young adults who are now giving back to Proyecto Itzaes and to their own community. This organization does make a difference but it needs your help so that we continue impacting children's lives.

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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 tomcfad

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have continued to work with Proyecto Itzaes over the years, and continue to be amazed by the work they facilitate in Mexico. By bringing expertise and resources to small villages in the Yucatan, kids are able to enjoy all sorts of educational and developmental resources they otherwise might not have access to. They are amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for Proyecto Itzaes a few summers back, and the relationships I formed there remain strong to this day. There is such a strong local community, and the kids and adults alike are achieving tremendous things. I will continue to support their work and i hope that you do to!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me encanta Proyecto Itzaes porque ofrece a los niños un espacio DIFERENTE en donde pueden aprender y divertirse al mismo tiempo, tienen contacto con los libros, la tecnología, la ciencia y aprenden sobre el cuidado del medio ambiente :)

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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.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As chair of International Service for the Rotary club of Palo Alto, I have arranged for our club to do several projects with Proyecto Itzaes (PI), including hands-on visits to the villages it serves. It is doing a marvelous job of giving the young Maya children of those villages the opportunity and skills to rise above their traditional occupations o fishing and subsistence farming. Some of the students have gone on to university and into prestigious jobs, breaking what has been a class barrier and setting an example for others to follow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission of Proyecto Itzaes (PI) is to help impoverished and neglected Maya families in the Yucatán with literacy, health, and a stronger economy. I’m very familiar with it, because as chair of International Service for the Rotary Club of Palo Alto, I have worked to have our club make several grants to PI and also traveled there three times to do hands-on work. When PI was founded, most people in the affected villages were illiterate fishermen or subsistence farmers. With our help, PI equipped an empty local library in one village with books and furniture and offered after-school classes on computer skills. The result was absolutely transforming: Children lined up every day with their book bags, and families began reading to each other. PI gave college scholarships to promising students, who returned with higher skills to teach others, following the motto of “Learning in order to Teach.” PI has since extended its program to five other villages, expanded its offerings to include subjects such as nutrition (to avoid Diabetes) and organic agriculture, and set up a successful farmers market. It would be hard to imagine a program with greater positive impact on people’s lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Me gusta el Proyecto Itzaes porque es un espacio para aprender muchas cosas de manera didactica, a través de juegos, dibyos u diversas atiudades… sin duda Proyecto es el mejor! #TodosSomosProyectoItzaes

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hola! Hi! Solo quiero decir que el proyecto Itzaes es increíble y lo mejor de todo es ayudarlos. GRACIAS! THANK YOU! ☺

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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