For a community to thrive, it must be healthy in every way. The natural environment must be preserved, its citizens must have work and education should be available to all, and they must have access to culture, sports, and the arts. If any of these elements fails, the entire structure is weakened.
The ?! Careyes Foundation catalyzes programs related to education, sports, ecology, and the arts to improve the wellbeing of local communities along the south Pacific coast of Mexico.
All of our programs are provided free of charge to the local communities.
- 1,200 children taught in weekly lessons in eleven local elementary schools
- Five volunteer teachers, native English speakers with training in natural language methodology
- Specifically-developed Beyond Borders curriculum and student textbook series, with two books published so far
- Approximately 2,000 turtle nests are protected each year; an increase from 10 nests protected in 1983, our inaugural year
- A total of 1,350,000 sea turtle hatchlings released to date
- Four species: Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, and Black
- Educational field trips for students to learn about conservation and release turtle hatchlings
- Strongest hurricane ever recorded devastated the region on October 23, 2015
- Raised $174,000 to convert the elementary school of each village into steel-reinforced community shelters with emergency kits
- Immersive professional workshops on film and acting for emerging Mexican and Latin American actors and filmmakers
- Hosted in conjunction with the Bergman Chair of the UNAM, Cinema 23, and the Morelia International Film Festival
The ?! Careyes Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States (Tax ID 46-0759245).
We serve ten villages along the southwest coast of Jalisco, Mexico, reaching a population of 7,000 people.