(We apologize for the gap in our postings...here is a full update from Maggie)
We began 2007 with a strong commitment to fulfilling our vision of offering more educational programs for children and adults. If 2006 was about rebuilding and recovery, 2007 will be about strengthening existing programs and providing instruction and materials for the entire community.
Akumal continues to grow! There has been an increase of more than 700 people to the Pueblo population in the past two years. Most of these people are in need of some training (English and computers in particular) and many have young children. Hekab Be offers the only after school program in Akumal. The children and teens come here to study, be tutored, receive help with homework and to play afterwards. On any given day around 5:00 p.m., you will see the new swing-set/jungle gym teeming with wonderful little people.
We have had several visitors the past 6 weeks join us in our literacy programs with the Kindergarten and Primary School. Most of them feel that those visits are one of the most rewarding moments in their trip to Akumal and the area. Please join us with this popular program on your next visit to Akumal. We leave the library around 10:15 and return around 11:30.
Our schedule is:
Mon. and Weds. – Primary School
Tues. and Fri. – Kindergarten
Every other Thurs. – Secondary School
On January 24th, Loco Gringo Forum members held a fundraiser at Lol Ha´s happy hour. Carlos and I visited with lots of old friends and met some new supporters. The members donated loads of toys, school supplies, and clothing. They also raised almost $200 US. It was a lot of fun. Sincere thanks to all of the Loco Gringo members for their kind and generous donations. Special thanks to Gary & Martha Bemis, and Terri & Dave Gerbrandt for organizing the event.
We have also been working with the director of the Secondary School on what will become a bimonthly event: We challenged all of the students to an essay writing competition!
The students can write on any topic they want and we encourage them to use the library for research. They have 10 days to complete the essay and I am thrilled to inform you that more than half of the 60 students participated. The winner’s writings will be put on our blog site and eventually our website, along with their photos.
* Be sure to check back soon to read the winning essays!! *
The new Hekab Be website is currently under construction, and we hope to have it up by the end of February.
We also had Jan Pollack return again to do arts and crafts with the kids on 3 consecutive Saturday mornings. Jan and her companion Laurence are long time visitors to Akumal and the children always enjoy their visits. If you are visiting and would like to volunteer doing Arts and Crafts, tutoring, drawing, origami, magic tricks, puppet shows….. please contact me (Maggie) through the blog site and we will happily schedule a time.
Again, a huge thank you to all for your continued support! Your generosity keeps our doors open!