Our friend Pilar just returnd from Bacabureachi, Chihuahua, where she and a team of volunteers delivered $1,200 of donated school supplies. The team then embarked on an improvement project at the Tarahumara school, where they re-roofed the dormitories, dug drainage ditches, replaced windows, and installed two washing machines. The school community was much appreciative: the boarding school is home to over 100 students, but receives no budget for maintenance or improvements. The American team worked closely with school officials and […]
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Dispatch from El Rebalsito…Dobie writes: Nothing new with the beach. The gate is still there, and access is still restricted. The new presidente of La Huerta, the municipality that was given the concession (the right to administer use of the beach) takes office at the end of this month. He has promised to help us open the access and there are several people who will be working with him, including the president of the ejido, Ernesto Garcia, and Chava Magaña, […]
Carl sent me a link to an interesting Seattle Times article “American children struggle to adjust in Mexico”: Never before has Mexico seen so many American Jeffreys, Jennifers and Aidens in its classrooms. The wave of deportations in the past few years, along with tougher state laws and persistent unemployment, has created a mass exodus of Mexican parents who are leaving with their American sons and daughters. In all, 1.4 million Mexicans — including about 300,000 children born in the […]
A fascinating article from The Washington Post about the corruption in Mexico’s school system and how this could spell trouble for the ruling party. There’s also a growing protest movement among Mexican university students who oppose the PRI candidate. Lopez Obrador just rose to second place, so this election is going to be a hot one.
Our friend Dobie, who lives in El Rebalsito, near Tenacatita, has organized a fund to provide laptops to local schoolkids who are in need. She writes, “The computer fund was very successful. We were able to purchase a netbook and a laptop. The netbook was given to a young woman in high school and the laptop will go to the student graduating from middle school that the teachers pick as the best all around student, and with the most […]
PG Managing Editor Churpa Rosa Rogers wrote the following text many years ago, when she was still a teenager. I have been to six different schools in my life, and the common link I find in reminiscing about these experiences, is that I was always the kid who didn’t get to wear a uniform. I know, being an American, and raised in the ‘counter culture,’ I should at least pretend to denounce the idea of conformity, but being the […]
Alamos has about 8,000 residents and maybe 400 gringos who own homes and hotels. The gringos have been fund raising for education through the Amigos organization for over a decade. You may already know that Mexico ingeniously stops paying for education after the 7th grade, so the gringos make sure that any local kids who want to get to go as far in school and s/he wants, all the way through college. The problem, which you may also be aware […]