About Por Los Niños de Zihuatanejo, AC

Por Los Niños in a Mexican-registered non-profit charity founded in 2005 to administer the funds raised by the annual Zihua Sailfest benefit festival.  All funding decisions are made by a volunteer advisory committee consisting of bilingual educators, international residents and members of the Zihuatanejo business community.

We work in partnership with local government agencies, Rotary Clubs, international charities, and the local communities to provide educational opportunities to Zihuatanejo’s least advantaged children. This very successful collaboration has built 102 classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and playgounds, in 14 new schools and expansions to 21 existing helping 2500 young scholars,  awarded nearly one thousand academic scholarships; and provides more than 30,000 school meals a year to children who would otherwise go hungry.

We are an all-volunteer foundation.  Annual operating expenses average less than 1% of donation revenue.


Sailfest 2016

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is Sailfest! It begins this year FEBRUARY 5 THRU 12



The Need



A 2010 report by the OECD, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,  indicated that more than 90% of Mexico’s children graduate from primary school; 67% graduate from junior high (grade 8); 26% graduate from high school, and only 12% achieve a university degree.  Mexico devotes a greater percentage of government revenue (17%) to education than any other member of the OECD.  (U.S.A. 11%, for example)

Mexico is dedicated to educating their children.  Unfortunately, the available financial resources are inadequate to the ever-growing need.  A recent government survey indicated that the Municipality of Zihuatanejo, a mostly rural county of 125,000 residents, needed an additional 104 classrooms and 38 bathrooms to properly serve its current 34,000 students.

Mexican parents in the poor rural areas, desperate to educate their children, have traditionally responded by building ramshackle, wooden classrooms with dirt floors, staffed by idealistic young teachers, often unpaid.  As these schools are not certified, the students receive no official credit for their class work, and face many challenges should they later transfer to an approved school.

Por Los Niños is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for these deserving children.  In partnership with compassionate volunteers and donors, we have built 13 new kindergartens and primary schools, and one new high school, that serve more than 2,500 students a year.  All these schools have been promptly certified by the government.  Certification means that the schools now receive text books, learning materials, experienced (and paid) teachers, supplemental nutrition, modest funding for improvements, and a path for academic advancement.

We have also built new classrooms, bathrooms and kitchens at more than 20 existing schools that have outgrown their enrollment capacity.  We support Niños Adelante, a brilliant local program that awards 200+ academic scholarships a year, including 92 university scholarships.  Through Los Ninos, our sister non-profit foundation in the United States, we feed 30,000+ school meals a year to the very poorest of our bright-eyed young scholars.



Rice and Beans from carol romain on Vimeo.


Photos from Por Los Niños

  • New Bathrooms

    Baños that were fixed with water and toilets. With latest Sailfest classroom being constructed in the background!

  • 3 Classrooms

    Just finishing up this new 3 classroom school all from donations.

  • New Classrooms at La Joya

    Retainer wall being put in ...with gravel and cement from the city.

  • A Young Hero

    8 Year old Austin Brown presents a check for $7,000 USD.

Our Biggest Fundraiser

Our major fundraiser each year is the Zihuatanejo Sailfest. Each year in February, between 40 and 50 sailboats are enthusiastically welcomed by the local community. There are cook offs, and tons of local festivals celebrating this wonderful event.

The State Secretary of Education announced that the Zihua Sailfest is the most successful educational fund raiser in the State of Guerrero. The Municipal Director of Education estimated that more than 2,000 disadvantaged children are attending school because of the cruiser's dedication to Zihua's bright-eyed young scholars.


About Sailfest

  • All proceeds go to the education of underprivileged children in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa Mexico. This annual event is held in the beautiful Zihuatanejo Bay. This has become Mexico's premier sailing event. We combine fun and games, heart-felt volunteerism and an outpouring of international friendship for 5 days.

    Carol's Rice and Beans

    Carol's "Rice and Beans" program feeds 105 children breakfast and lunch every week. Thes kids come from families that earn less than $165 USD or $2000. pesos per month.



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