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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

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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.

1

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Proyecto Itzaes and saw that PI makes a long-term investment in its communities, starting when kids are in preschool and continuing past their college graduations. Most PI students that are in college are the first in their families to do so and depend on the support of scholarships.

PI also runs a bookmobile-plus type operation, going on the road to small, more remote villages to bring books, games, art supplies, and charismatic asesores. I think PI is uniquely successful because they bring materials and logistics along with positive examples of education and hard work paying off in their communities. PI classes take having fun seriously, and hold Maya language and culture, sports, art, and talking about emotions as part of a holistic education. The PI team is dedicated, creative, and adored, especially by their students.

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 jesusk

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hola, mi nombre es Emmanuel, y he trabajado y colaborado en el Proyecto Itzaes por más de 10 años, actualmente soy asesor en la comunidad de Ixil, y es bueno ver que hay este tipo de programas y espeacios para niños, jóvenes e incluso adultos, donde lo que se busca es crear un ambiente de diversion, sana conviviencia pero sobre todo conocimiento en diferentes disciplinas y conciencia sobre el medio ambientes. Me siento muy feliz de poder participar y saber a través de este proyecto puedo ayudar a niños y compartir con ellos mis conocimientos.
#YoSoyProyectoItzaes
#WeArePartOfThis

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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.

2 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 JoseFcoPech

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Desde el momento que Proyecto Itzaes llego a mi vida, todo cambió, es una gran fundación que día a día se ha preocupado por el futuro de los niños y jóvenes de los diferentes pueblos donde se establece, por mi parte estoy muy agradecido con esta institución porque gracias a ella ahora soy un profesionista, gracias a su apoyo ahora soy Licenciado en Educación, y actualmente me encuentro trabajando pero sin descuidar mi compromiso con este gran programa, un compromiso moral por todo lo que me brindaron, sigo trabajando con los niños del proyecto y eso es lo que realmente me hace feliz.

Gracias PI por todo lo que has dejado en mi y mi gente, desde hace más de un década. =)

Lic. en Educación: Jose Francisco Pech Cutz

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.

Veronny C.

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.

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!

1

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.