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Proyecto Itzaes

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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

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.