The students in the small fishing village of Chamela are now almost two months in to their first year of English lessons, as we have recently added this community to our service area. There are only 24 students in their elementary school, so all of the 2nd through 6th graders come together in one group for their biweekly English classes.
On September 15, the Careyes Foundation’s Music School hosted a concert titled “México Lindo y Querido” in the town square in the village of Francisco Villa during the community’s Mexican Independence Day celebration.
This month, we added a new village to our service area! By expanding our reach to include Chamela, a small fishing village located 15 minutes north of Careyes, we now offer our full range of programs in 11 communities.
We are excited to welcome two new volunteers to the Foundation team, Laura Savage and Zoe Carlson! Our third volunteer, Katie Alhart, joined us in 2017 and has returned to work with us for a second year.
This summer, artist Peppi Bottrop spent a month in Careyes as the latest Artist in Residence in our Contemporary Art & Community Program. During his residency, Peppi also led a three-day workshop with 33 children from the local villages of Agua Caliente Vieja and La Rosa.
The 2017-2018 sea turtle nesting season was one for the books! Over the past year, our Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center (STPCC) protected 2,464 nests and released 175,984 turtle hatchlings into the Pacific Ocean.
Our weekend community bike rides continue to be a great success! By the end of this school year, we organized two rides for each of the eleven schools we serve, with an average of 30 kids and 3 adults participating each time.
Recently, we were able to connect a trained psychologist with the National System for Integral Family Development (DIF), which has since hired her to provide counseling and mental health services in our local communities.
Before the final wing of the old Careyes hotel was demolished, the developer of the new El Careyes Club & Residences requested our assistance in finding families that are truly in need to receive doors, mattresses, lamps, cushions, and numerous other valuable items.
Last week, members of our children’s choir from the villages of Zapata and Villa had a chance to show their appreciation for their amazing moms with performances at their schools’ Mother’s Day celebrations.
During this year’s ArteCareyes Film & Arts Festival, our children’s and adult choirs performed three songs—one in Italian, one in English, and another in Spanish—to open Saturday night’s dinner and art auction in the Plaza de los Caballeros del Sol.
Last spring, Petra Nemcova, founder of the Happy Hearts Fund (HHF), took an interest in reconstructing our local preschools to improve their conditions after the Hurricane Patricia destruction in 2015.
On March 9, students from the high school in the village of Miguel Hidalgo embarked on their third phase of a climate change and conservation series: camping! Nine high school students, two primary school students, and three teachers arrived at Playa Teopa for hands-on learning about species conservation and climate change.
Now playing in the Careyes Cinema, “Inside Out!” Beginning February 9th, we will be screening this highly original animated film about the inner-workings of the mind of an 11-year old for each of the elementary schools that we serve.