A Not for Profit, Tax Deductable Charity
Any assistance you wish to offer is greatly appreciated, whether donating your time, making a monetary contribution, or bringing things when you visit the area.
Our U.S. partner, Los Niños, Inc., is a non-profit charitable corporation registered in the State of Oregon. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has granted Los Niños 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a public benefit charity, which will make your contributions tax deductible
- Zihua SailFest. SailFest is a six-day annual festival that combines fun and games, heart-felt volunteerism and an outpouring of international friendship. Although the tone of the event is light-hearted, the cruisers’ goals are serious – to raise funds for the education of Zihuatanejo’s poorest children. These caring members of the International sailing community have raised more than $3,000,000 pesos to help our deserving kids. www.zihuasailfest.com
- Rotary International. The Rotary Foundation and individual Rotary Clubs in the United States, Canada and Mexico have generously provided more than $1,000,000 pesos in support of our efforts. Rotary funds provide school furniture, computers, kitchen equipment, retaining walls, library books, playgrounds and other much-needed equipment. Rotary Cubs also sponsor vision and dental clinics for the children who would otherwise go untreated.
- City of Zihuatanejo. The City has enthusiastically supported Por Los Niños with donated land, professional services, construction equipment, building materials, computers, school desks, text books and school supplies. We are especially grateful for their successful efforts to obtain government certification for eight of our “Nueva Creaciòn” schools.
- Los Niños, Inc. A small Portland, Oregon-based, Non-profit Organization founded by Lawrence Marbut and administered by Maryellen Jackson, Los Niños focuses on the basic needs of the children and teachers; uniforms, shoes, school supplies, teaching materials, health care, and reading, English language and supplemental nutrition programs. www.losninos.us
- Niños Adelante. A highly regarded scholarship program that permits high-achieving, economically-disadvantaged students to complete their education by encouraging individuals and families to sponsor a child. Currently, more than 250 junior high and high school students benefit from this program. An additional 57 program graduates have sponsors through University. www.friendsofninosadelante.org
- Project Million Amigos. This Minnesota-based Non-profit Organization focuses on promoting friendship and understanding between American and Mexican school children. They have raised funds to build classrooms and bathrooms at our schools and, each year, bring American school children to Zihuatanejo. www.projectmillionamigos.org
- Our Business Community. Each year more than 200 community-spirited local businesses donate gifts and services to Sailfest auctions and raffles. They also provide generous discounts on the materials we purchase for our school projects.
- Zihuatanejo’s Musicians. Our finest local musicians, and their international friends, donate their music every year for the production of our “Sounds of Zihua” CDs. They also volunteer to perform at the annual Zihua Sailfest benefit concert, and to play concerts at schools. These thoughtful artists have helped to build 14 classrooms with their voices and guitars.
- Parents, Teachers & Volunteers. The parents of the students provide most of the labor to construct our classrooms, kitchens and playgrounds. Many of our dedicated, young teachers are un-paid volunteers. Dozens of International community residents donate their time, talent and resources to enhance the education of our bright-eyed young scholars.