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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

22 Stories 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.

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!

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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been watching this organization from afar and am impressed by its mission and dedication of its volunteers. By providing books and education, they stand to have a much greater impact than other similar projects providing direct services. I think this organization deserves a closer look and would love to work with them in the future.

Del W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PI is a great Non Profit that has been doing fantastic work for years ! The founder, Cindy, is committed and dedicated to the Mission and does great things

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cindy is an amazing and hardworking passionate individual. She pours so much of herself into Proyecto Itzaes and gets RESULTS. Not only does she raise money for the students, but she is personally involved in their community. She spends time in the Yucatan and loves every minute. The students receive some funding from Proyecto that truly changes their educational experience, often the funding is the factor that allows some to continue attending school.

Mary137

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful Organization. Take the time to view the website and have a look at all the amazing opportunities that the foundation supports.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! I would highlky recomend supporting PI any way that you can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit supports the simple, yet essential idea that everyone has the right to an education. By getting bilingual books to children, you can feed their natural curiosity and imagination, while developing important grammar and language skills. The creators of this organization care deeply on a personal level about each person who benefits from their fundraising and programming efforts. It's also nice to know that ALL of the money you give goes straight to people in need, and not to pay a salary for some nonprofit corporation. It is a personal, effective approach to empowering people while preserving local culture.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first met Cindy two years ago while visiting two of P.I's sites. I met board members, volunteers and students. What most impressed me was the empowerment that P.I created within the community both academically and through a social justice perspective. This is one of the most impressive non-profits.