Monday, January 11, 2010

Challenge grant for 2010

Once again, faithful library supporters have offered Hekab Be a challenge grant of $2250 U.S.

Every dollar donated to Hekab Be between January 1- February 28, 2010 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $2250. If we are successful in meeting this generous offer, we will have raised enough money to cover our operating expenses for 3 months. This will put us in good stead for a prosperous New Year!

We realize people may be feeling financially drained after the holiday season, but hope that you will consider giving whatever you can, since every dollar you give will count twice. Remember that your donations are tax-deductible.

To make a donation to help us meet the challenge, go to our donation site, where you find information on how to donate using paypal or by sending a check:

Remember we are a tax-exempt organization, so your donation is tax-deductible!

Please be sure to write in “challenge grant” on your check memo or paypal form so that your donation gets counted twice!

New Year’s Message from Hekab Be

As we enter a new year, we’d like to take the time to acknowledge and show our appreciation for all the many different ways that our library supporters and friends help out. From the small to the large, whether people bring us special items for the kids, make a donation of cash or used clothing, share an afternoon, week or month of their time volunteering with us, all these acts of generosity are what makes Hekab Be work! Without your thoughtfulness, your kind-heartedness, and your warmth of spirit, we would not be able to continue functioning.

We wish you the very best in 2010, and hope that all you have shared with the library is returned to you in the new year! We wouldn’t be able to do all the special things for the kids without your support!

New Assistant Library Director at HB

We are pleased to announce that our dedicated employee, Carlos Canul, has been promoted to Assistant Library Director. Carlos has demonstrated in the past months his dedication to the library projects, to working with children, and to helping orient visitors and volunteers. Carlos works at the library full time, speaks English fluently, and quite frankly is a real jewel-- we are very lucky to have him on staff! If you are looking for someone to answer any of your questions, give you a tour of the library, receive your donations, or just chat, please ask for Carlos.

Leo Bermudez, our Program Director, is switching over to a part time schedule and will be at the library in the afternoons and on Saturday mornings. During weekday mornings she is teaching and running her own recently inaugurated Montessori Preschool in Tulum, called Xaman Ek. Having the school has been a dream of Leo’s for many years, so although we miss having her at the library in the morning we are happy she has achieved her dream, and know that many children in Tulum will greatly benefit from the services her school offers.

Leo remains in charge of library programming and her dedication to the library and its projects has not in any way been diminished. We hope you will congratulate her on her new school!

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