We strongly believe in providing opportunities so people learn to help themselves versus creating an ongoing dependence on assistance. Projects support individuals, families and non-profit organizations that demonstrate willingness to help improve their situation; areas within the community we personally know have very limited resources; and special needs identified by local organizational leaders.
Some projects provide donated goods to families for short-term help through a crisis period (i.e. food) or for a specific resource they could not otherwise afford (i.e. school supplies). Cash is not given to families to ensure donated funds are used for the intended purpose.
- Many families struggle to provide even basic staples of beans and rice for their children to eat due to lack of work during low tourism seasons (Apr.– Jun. & Sept. – Nov.). Buying, packing and distributing packages of basic food supplies often occurs in the fall. Donations of $20US provide a nice package of food staples for a family.
- Good condition used or new lightweight, washable clothing and shoes for all ages are needed year round. Family members are allowed to select 1-2 pieces of clothing
- School age children (ages 4-14) need black shoes, tennis shoes, white socks and underwear in early August to begin school.
- Health and hygiene supplies are “luxuries” to families with limited resources. We distribute these donations with food or clothing or as a part of a special project like the flouride treaments provided to children during the Feb. 2010 MIssion Trip at right: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.
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- Bazaars (like garage sales) are held 2-4 times/year in various locations
- Rely on donations of new and gently used clothing, shoes, household goods and toys
- Provide families an opportunity to buy items at affordable prices (honors their pride in being able to pay a few pesos). Donated items are often higher quality than local goods.
- Those pesos add up—All proceeds go to non-profit organizations and services to help families in need and to benefit other community efforts
- Local volunteers help at the bazaars
- Annual project provides basic supplies to children from limited resource families
- Attending a public school is “free”. However, families must furnish the learning supplies (very expensive to buy locally) plus purchase required uniforms and shoes.
- Families who can’t afford these expenses for all their school age children, may have to decide which children to send to school or what basic needs to go without (i.e. food, rent/utilities, health related expenses) to pay for school supplies.
- Donations collected year-round. School supplies distributed early August.
- For more information about scope of the project and donations needed, click here.
Date: July 5, 2010
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Sara McArthurin November 17th, 2010 @ 17:23
My husband and I are travelign to Cozumel for a family vacation and we would like to do some volunteer work while there. Either gathering supplies and bringing them to a donation center or volunteering our time and resources, we are interested in some different ways we can give of our time. We will be available in Cozumel from November 22nd-27th. I know its short notice but we would love to help. Also if there is a list of things we can bring with us in order to donate for the Families in Need program or the School Supplies program it would be helpful to have a list! Thanks so much!