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.
Late last night, an intense tropical rainstorm arrived in our turtle sanctuary at Playa Teopa. Large storms tend to increase turtle nesting activities, and our protected beaches received a huge influx of nesting female turtles, known as an arribazón.
Today we opened the doors to our new art installation, “The Man and the Sea.” In the gallery, you can explore the modern-day relationships between humans and our oceans through displays of marine displays, art created by local children, and multimedia exhibits regarding the effects of human activity on marine life.
During our three-day workshop, 22 children (ages 3-18) learned about local marine ecology and created beautiful works of art. Since these children live in the small coastal village of Arroyo Seco, where many of their parents are fishermen, they were selected for this project to learn about the impact that we as humans have on the ocean and marine life.
On July 28, we welcomed 38 children (ages 5-15) and parents from Melaque to our Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center (STPCC). The children spent the evening with Alejandro Peña, our biologist and STPCC director, who taught them about their important role in sea turtle conservation.
In June and July, our English teachers bid goodbye to our sixth grade students, who will be beginning middle school in the fall. Our team members were able to attend some of the school clausuras (graduation ceremonies) to congratulate their students on their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in the future educational endeavors.
Last week, our three amazing volunteers completed their year of service with the ?! Careyes Foundation. Christina Buckner, Devra Traiman, and Preethi Raja arrived in Careyes last August to spend the school year with us. Since then, these volunteers all worked tirelessly to make our programs possible and were critical to the success of our team.