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The Need

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.

 

Rotary

Our Southern Oregon Rotary Clubs, in partnership with the Ixtapa Rotary Club, have been awarded a $13,751.usd grant to provide furnishings for our La Joya primary school, “Bicentenario de la Revoluciòn”. The grant will be utilized to purchase nearly 100 school desks, 9 white boards, 9 large enclosed bookcases, 9 teacher’s desks & chairs, 18 fans, 18 light fixtures, and a public address system. The fund-raising drive was led by our good friend of the children, Jim Darrow, a member of the Sutherlin, Oregon Rotary Club. This is the second grant Jim has successfully acquired for the La Joya school.

Por Los Niños is currently building three new classrooms at the school in partnership with the City of Zihuatanejo, for a total of nine classrooms. The school expects to welcome approximately 234 bright-eyed young scholars for the Autumn 2013 enrollment.

 

Carol Romain Honored with Distinguished Immigrant 2013

Carol Romain honored with Distinguished Immigrant in 2013 for her contribution to the economic, social and cultural development in the state of Guerro. For her work with Por los Niños, Los Ninos ,Sailfest, Ninos Adelante, Rice and Beans.

 

Donate to Por Los Niños

Austin Brown has decided to build a three room primary school. 

Austin is a member of a volunteer group from Springdale, Arkansas that visits Zihuatanejo during the Summer season to put the finishing touches on our newly-built classrooms.  They install lights and fans; paint the buildings inside and out; and landscape the grounds with patios and flowering plants.  This church group, led by Rotarian Chris Weiser, personifies the hard-working, can-do spirit we have come to expect from our compassionate volunteers.

Austin was touched by the plight of Zihuatanejo’s impoverished children and has decided to take his volunteerism to the next step.  He has committed to raising the approximately $21,000.usd necessary to purchase the building materials for the new school and bathroom.  The City of Zihuatanejo, and the parents of the children, will provide the construction labor.
This year, at the Sailfest 2013 wrap-up party, Austin presented a $7,000. check to the organizing committee; the first installment toward fulfilling his dream.  He estimates it will take him two more years to complete his project.  Austin earns these funds selling “Austin’s Fun Snow” at trade shows, and by donating his personal savings to his cause.
Austin is eight-years-old.

 

Other News

Distinguished Immigrant of the Year

Our administrator, Lorenzo Marbut, was honored by the Mexican government as the “Distinguished Immigrant of the Year” at the International Day of the Immigrant ceremony in Zihuatanejo.  They cited his contributions for economic, social, and cultural development in Mexico. In his acceptance speech, Lorenzo insisted that the honor actually belonged to all the volunteers, donors and partners; joking, “Soy solomente el hombre en frente con una boca grande” (I’m just the guy in front with a big mouth).

Lorenzo also is the founder and president of our sister non-profit Los Niños, Inc. in the United States, and is a member of the Zihuatanejo Rotary Club. Additionally, he serves on a Zihuatanejo municipal council for education and on the planning commission for the proposed new university.

We, the City of Zihuatanejo, and local parent committees have formed an exciting partnership to build much-needed new classrooms and bathrooms at low-income schools. Por Los Niños will provide basic construction materials and a supervising construction worker; the city will provide sand, gravel, foundation stone, a bricklayer and his assistant; and the local parent committees will provide volunteer labor and an additional full-time worker.

The government estimates that 102 new classrooms and 38 new bathrooms are needed to support Zihuatanejo County’s 34,000 bright-eyed young scholars. More than 40 aging school need major rehabilitation work. Limited funding, of course, is always the issue. Mexico is dedicated to educating its children, and devotes a greater percentage of government revenue to education than any other country in the western hemisphere. Alas, there is just not enough tax revenue in a country with a 40% poverty rate. Sailfest/ Por Los Niños, and our partners, have contributed approximately 102 classrooms and bathrooms since our founding in 2002.

2013 Rotary grant for La Joya

Our Southern Oregon Rotary Clubs, in partnership with the Ixtapa Rotary Club, have been awarded a $13,751.usd grant to provide furnishings for our La Joya primary school, “Bicentenario de la Revoluciòn”. The grant will be utilized to purchase nearly 100 school desks, 9 white boards, 9 large enclosed bookcases, 9 teacher’s desks & chairs, 18 fans, 18 light fixtures, and a public address system.

The fund-raising drive was led by our good friend of the children, Jim Darrow, a member of the Sutherlin, Oregon Rotary Club. This is the second grant Jim has successfully acquired for the La Joya school.

Por Los Niños is currently building three new classrooms at the school in partnership with the City of Zihuatanejo, for a total of nine classrooms. The school expects to welcome approximately 234 bright-eyed young scholars for the Autumn 2013 enrollment.

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 underpriveledged children in Zihuatanejo, 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.

    Cocktail parties, concerts, auctions, sailboat and dingy races, kids day, beach parties, lectures, ham radio tests, chili cook-offs, street fairs, regattas and volunteer work parties at the schools are just some of the events that highlight this gathering of free spirits.

     

 

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