“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

Robert Orben

Old school in Barrio Viejo

New school in Barrio Viejo, Emiliano Zapata

Kitchen built in colegio de Bachilleres in Pantla



2011 was a busy and productive year, thanks to volunteers and to our many compassionate partners.

In addition to the projects described below, Rotary International provided a $250,000 peso Humanitarian grant for classroom furnishings, kitchen equipment & playground construction. The City of Zihuatanejo donated approximately $250,000 pesos worth of construction materials, labor & school desks. Carol’s “Beans & Rice” program has provided about $106,000 pesos for enhanced nutrition at low-income schools. Caring volunteers arrive weekly with suitcases stuffed full of school supplies, backpacks and uniforms. Helen & Memo raised funds to pay a small stipend to many dedicated, young volunteer teachers. And the list goes on.

Construction – $261,273. pesos

Jose Vasconcelos Primary School, Col. Cihuateotl. Materials for new 3-classroom school. Parents provided all labor & Rotary-led Arkansas volunteers painted.

Rotary Kindergarten, Col. El Hujal. Materials for 1 new classroom. Parents provided labor.

Emiliano Zapata Kinder/Primary School, Col. Obrero Dos. Materials for new 3-classroom school. Hotel Emporio Ixtapa donated 50% of materials & labor, and hotel volunteers landscaped. City of Zihuatanejo built the bathrooms. Rotary-led Arkansas volunteers painted.

Colegio Bachillieres, Pantla. Materials for new kitchen/lunchroom. Parents provided labor & painted.

Ing. Miguel Aleman Primary School, Barrio Nuevo. Materials & paint to restore abandoned kitchen. Parents provided labor.

Centenario de la Revolucion Primary School, Col. La Joya. Materials to begin construction of new 3-classroom school. Parents provide labor. Canadian donor pledges funds for kitchen/lunchroom. Bathrooms completed in 2010. Funds from 2012 Sailfest will be dedicated to materials for 3 additional classrooms.
Scholarships – $103,500. pesos

Funding for 16 English language scholarships, 6 high school scholarships, 5 university scholarships, and in support of Oliver Garcia, our Sailfest student, who was awarded a $48,000usd scholarship to study in the United States.

General Purpose Grants – $59,300. pesos

Grants to 5 schools for repairs and learning materials, and 250 books in support of the Municipal Library’s “Rural Children’s Reading program”. Collingwood, Ontario, Zihua’s Sister City, donated 450 additional books. The Bellevue Rotary Club donated 116 books.

The power of music

‘The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.’

Roy Ayers

Put your heart, mind and soul into your smallest acts

´Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.´

Swami Sivananda

Friends forever

‘There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.’

Thomas Aquinas